First published on 14 May 2013. Updated on 16 May 2013.
Get in the thick of winter sports by heading to these local and international ice hockey matches - and try some lessons yourself.
Icehouse, Jun 7
Melbourne Ice vs Melbourne Mustangs
A sport that leads you to break your nose eleven times must be truly addictive – and this pair reckon Melbourne has "the best ice hockey atmosphere anywhere in Australia".
Hisense Arena, Jun 14-15
International Ice Hockey: Canada vs USA
USA Captain Zenon Konopka tells Time Out how the US hopes to make up for their Olympic gold medal loss – and how to prevent concussions in "the most dangerous sport in the world".
Olympic Ice Skating Centre
While kids and families are very welcome here, you could also join one of the ice hockey teams (in different age ranges) or try out for the Olympic Southern Flyers – Melbourne’s short track speed skating club.
In the heart of the Docklands, you can book a beginner’s freebie lesson, or sign up for Skate School – no matter what your age ($198-$220 for nine-10 weeks). Or, of course, just come along for a casual skate.