I am female and in my early 40's and I want to learn to play hockey. Ok, stop laughing! But seriously, I've always wanted to play but when I was a kid, girls weren't allowed to (at least not where I'm from). I heard about a league called HNA that plays not too far from where I live. I called them and they said they encourage women to play, but I'm wondering if any of you have played in the NJ league and what your opinion of it is. I'd be in the beginner league so have you ever seen any women playing and if so, is it a supportive environment? Or are there a lot of goons/meatheads? I'm just looking to have some fun, get some exercise and learn more about a sport that I've always wanted to play before I get too old to give it a try. There are women's leagues, but they are for more experienced players. I plan to join one of those when I get good enough.