Mark Newcombe , Dec 01, 2005; 06:14 p.m.
You need and SLR so you can use a fast lens. The happy snap cameras you mention will not cut it if the light at your rinks is anything like mine.
I suggest looking at a DSLR and the simple rule is the more you spend the better the camera. If budget is a concern look at film as you could get a used f90x for next to nothing, couple it with a 80-200 2.8 ed and your in business for less than $1k, problably less. For a lens you will get good coverage with a 70,80-200 2.8, my lens of choice for hockey.