Underwater hockey makes its way to Evansville area

Underwater Hockey starts in Evansville area
Published: Jan. 27, 2023 at 12:01 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A new sport called underwater hockey has made it’s way to the Tri-State area.

“It’s easy exercise, low impact,” said underwater hockey player, Zac Huggins.

Much like the hockey you probably know of, underwater hockey also has sticks and pucks.

The puck is close to three pounds to sink to the pool floor, compared to hockey’s six ounce puck.

“You got a stick, it’s about a foot long and there’s a puck, snorkel and goggles and you just swim around the bottom and hit the puck around,” Huggins said.

The goal of underwater hockey is to hit the puck across the goal at the bottom of the pool. One of the best parts of underwater hockey is anyone can learn how to play.

All you need to do is put on a cap, put on your goggles, put on some flippers and jump in.

“The fun part is the first kick off the wall when you’re racing to the middle. The hard part is not getting tangled up in all the legs and fins,” said new underwater hockey player Maddi Maxwell.

Club president Dom Poggi started the club sport here in Evansville in March after learning there wasn’t already a team here. He was introduced to it in Chicago in 2012.

“They said three it three times before you decide whether you like it or not and can buy your own equipment and I got hooked,” said Poggi.

For people like Maxwell who are still learning the game, even they’re grateful to have it.

“If you can get over the cold water and you want to push yourself to dive deeper, it’s a lot of fun,” said Maxwell.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, the club practices on Monday and Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m.

The first time you play is free and then it’s $10 after your first time.

You can find more information by clicking here.