I haven't played since high school. I was half decent then but I'm 31 now.
There is exactly one ice hockey rink in my part of Eastern NC, and it's 67 miles away. I know I used to play absurdly late games at Neville Island (for Latrobe) but I can't imagine making a similar trek twice a week for a beer league. I guess we'll see how bad I want to play. The only reason the rink is there is because it's ECUs club teams home base, and they can sell enough free skate entries to college kids on weekend nights.
In the meantime, I work on a military base and they have an outdoor inline rink that I have free and open access to. The Marines use it to play soccer and some kind of hybrid handball/polo garbage. There isn't a league in the area that I can tell, so I go and skate drills a few times a week to help build up similar muscle groups until I can get back on ice. I'm very much out of shape so I'm going to skip spring league and try to play next fall. Our rink has an over 35/beginner league (C) and a more advanced adult league (B). I feel like right now I'd be a schmuck if I joined the C leauge because I can already skate decently well, but I'd get outpaced big time in the B league. Maybe I'll go watch them play sometime this spring to see whats going on.
I can't wait to move back up north. Our family is in Pittsburgh, and we have ties to DC, so either way I'd be in better hockey country. Hell, even moving to Raleigh or Charlotte would put me in a better spot. When I lived in Latrobe all I wanted was to live at the beach, and now all I want is a clean sheet of ice. Grass is always greener, I guess.