So I've been playing ice hockey now for about seven months at the local ice center. A loooooong time ago I played street hockey and roller-hockey, then last summer I took a few lessons, played a few pick-up games and then started my first season in a pretty low-key adult (non-checking) league. We just finished up our last game of my second season and I got a hat trick! Even better, 2 of the 3 goals were what I would describe as real goals (mostly I get garbage goals, putting in a rebound while the goallie is on his/her back), all three were off of actual passes--and man all three were good passes, right on my stick and right in front of the net.
I also almost got my first penalty, and did witness my first gloves-off fight (which is an automatic ejection and suspension for the next game, no questions asked). This is by far the most fun that I've had playing a sport of any kind. Even the games where I barely touch the puck are fun. The really good thing about the league is that even though there is a huge range in abilities, most of the good people are pretty nice about getting newbies like me involved in the plays and lettings us know where we should be and what we should be doing.