I have decided I'd like to invest in some ice equipment and learn to play on the ice. I was a roller guy all through high school (non-competitve parking lot hockey) and played 1 year of club level roller hockey in college. Due to a recent move and having access to a local ice rink and after skating there and loving it this weekend, I think I'd like to try and join the local adult rec league. My major questions are: 1) Would it be a better idea for me to first take a skating class? (I've ice skated a grand total of 4 or 5 times in my life, but I seem to be okay and straightfoward skating and crossovers, due to my inline experience) 2) Is there a good place to find cheap ice gear? Do I even want to consider Ebaying some used hockey skates? Can anyone recommend an economic pair of new skates? 3) Would it be advisable to play drop-in hockey instead? Basically, I'm wondering if drop-in will have more advanced players that would be annoyed by a "newb" moreso than a recreational "just for fun" league. Any help would be greatly appreciated.