2019 Doan’s Winter Classic

Four teams battled for the championship and Team Porter won this year!

Here are some pics from the day, more details to follow. Still recuperating and have to go to the rink to skate more… oh boy!

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Here is a link to all the pics: https://photos.app.goo.gl/EWrawVCesBirGWBi9

2019 Doan’s Winter Classic

Gears Beer Hockey is proud to sponsor Doan’s Winter Classic!

This year Jim Doan added an indoor bathroom to the barn. So we have a popcorn machine, NHL Network on TV and indoor plumbing!

Our first year we had everyone bring a dish to pass and it got expensive for some and we had way too much food. The plan is to have about 24 skaters and four goalies which works well for the barn size. We will have cases of beer and food on hand. The suggested menu is pasta, wings, salad, and breadsticks.

The teams are drafted evenly from four categories, ABCD. Players are ranked and randomly distributed into teams. The traditional team names are Doan’s High Life, Team Porter, Lagermen and Stout Bros. (beer-themed of course)

So, to confirm your player spot we ask a small donation of $15 to skate. Proceeds cover the expenses of the tournament.

Check in to form teams by 10 am. Games start at 11 am.
Two 5 min run time periods per game. Up to six per drafted team. Three on three play. Recruit goalies!

With your confirmed donation, you will get a special coupon code to save money on a shirt or hoodie. 

2017/18 Conference Champs Determined!

2017/18 Conference Champs Determined!

Stout Conference Champs Old Fokkers!

Old Fokkers beat Gears Beer 2-0 (empty net for second) to win the Stout Conference. Team Gears Beer came together throughout the season. Since they have not skated together before, it takes a while to gel. Plus, their regular goalie, Ben Liebenow, was real stingy with the goals. Gears Beer finished second to Old Fokkers. Not only has Old Fokkers played together longer than any team in our league – by decades – they also have the goalie with the lowest goals against for the season, Greg Weingarden. Only 33 goals (33 in conference, 40 total) during 17/18 regular season. Team TLC is closest with 58 GA in conference, 63 total. The only fully intact original team is the Old Fokkers. I split my team in half this season and what was MoJoes is now Gutter Guys with a different player mix. The “house” team from our first season is now Hartwig Tree. Interesting how things evolve. The “losers” bracket for Stout was won by Bullfrog 40 over Gooner’s Dogs even before we dropped the puck. Gooner’s brought an army and a guy wasn’t on the playoff roster. They told me that they forfeit, but let’s play. Well in a way that puts extra pressure on me, because I don’t want to win by forfeit! Nate was tough in net for Gooner’s Dogs but I followed up Chris Green’s goal with a tip  off a deep corner pass by my center, Kevin O’Brien. We ended up winning 3-2 in a shootout. Big fun! The undisputed champs at supporting Skaters Bar is certainly Gooner’s Dogs. I’m going to miss hanging out and sharing war battles!

Lager Conference Champs Gutter Guys!

Gutter Guys beat Bullfrogs 25 to win the Lager Conference.

Bullfrogs 25 overcame some tough odds to make it to the finals. In August of last year I told them to rebuild their team with half the players. I pulled all the old guys to form a 40+ team. Gutter Guys was just too much though. The game started out great and was tied one to one for the first third, but after a couple penalties it all fell apart and Gutter Guys closed out the Lager Conference with a 6-2 win. Last years league champs, Hartwig Tree Service was ousted by Team TLC in a four to three battle for third place. Sorry guys, the Gooner’s Dog team had pickled baloney and home made salsa in the bar, so I didn’t see as much of your game! BTW, tell you wife she is right, Chris – that salsa is addicting! Note Team TLC is making a statement with their pic, nice job Eugene! So, we can start a new movement, hockey lives matter. We do hope that everyone, regardless of ability, had fun playing ice hockey this season. That is what it is about. Play hard, skate hard, but have fun. If we all focus on the common goal of fun, it will continue to grow. More teams means more variety in play and more fun.

Brian Savard Wins Guzzler Prize

We might have to rename this the Savard prize! Brian Savard earned 45 points with 26 goals. Drew Lang was catching up quick as a late starter into the league. He was second with 40 points with 23 goals. Brian earns the $50 Guzzler Prize this year. Who will earn it next year? Ty? Jason? There are a few within striking range this season.

Drawing TO Be held 4/8 for St Paulie Girl Prize

Players without penalties are leigilbe to draw a card for a $50 prize. High card wins $50.

EHL Championship game

In an epic battle, Gutter Guys will play Old Fokkers for the bragging rights and a case of beer. The game will be held at 1:15 on April 8th.

2018/19 Registration is open

Players can start registering towards their team deposit. We plan to hold at twelve teams next season. Help spread the word and get registered early. You know how people are. They like to join once they know that you are committed, so register early.

Grab a T-shirt with your team logo
The 2017/18 EHL Season T-shirts will drop ship directly to you. Have a design idea that you would prefer, just let me know.

2018 Doan’s Winter Classic

Doan’s Winter Classic

Sixteen skaters and four goalies will gather Saturday morning for a day of outdoor ice hockey, a few brews and good fellowship.

Jim and Stephanie are gracious enough to let this motley crew of players hang out in their barn for the day and tear up the ice.

The first project is to sort out and rank the players. We will have four even teams with four skaters formed and start play at 1:30 pm Sharp. Three on three play. Each team plays each other once, then a finals game to determine the tournament champs. Teams and schedule plan is drawn at random from those present around 1 pm.

Team Porter

Stout Bros

Doan’s High LIfe

Lagermen

Goalies:

Each player can purchase a Doan’s Winter Classic t-shirt for $20.  Bring your own drinks and grub. Those with the talent, time and ambition are welcome to bring a dish to pass.

Doan's Winter Classic Invitational poster

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