EHL Conference Champs Decided

EHL Conference Champs Decided

EHL Drop In Skates
We will continue to skate Wed & Fri 7:30 – 9 pm through May. All drop in ice time is managed with the Gears Beer Hockey app. There will be some openings on Fridays that we have not seen lately. We are running two sheets. Jeff Rouse is organizing a sheet for his Alumni Tournament prep. June through mid-August we will drop Friday and keep Wednesday going. The rink has a drop in hockey app now also, search CFH Hockey in your favorite app store, of visit Perfect Skate.

EHL 2018/19 Season

The final conference games were held on Sunday and the conference champs have been decided. Passions ran high during the day and there was some extra drama and ref penalty calculation time that we don’t normally see. Overall a great season. This is hockey and shit happens.

Game Wrapups

The first game was Bullfrogs vs Scrap Dogs. Bullfrogs went hot and cold all season. Scrap Dogs came on strong after a slow start. For the loser bracket game, it should just be for fun. Scrap Dogs had thirteen skaters and Bullfrogs had six. Your commissioner was one of the six. Bullfrogs scored first and Scrap Dogs tied it up a while later. With a few minutes left in the game tempers flared and two players were asked to leave. The game was decided in OT. Bullfrogs won in a shootout. All that for third place:)

The Stout Conference (40+) Championship game.
Old Fokkers took on Gooners Dogs and won handily by a 4-0 score. I’m told by Gooners that early in the game they blew a perfect opportunity to score and it just didn’t get better from there. Gooners certainly wins the most beer drank award though! I left hours after the games and they were still working some. I expected some fireworks during this game, but nothing major developed, thankfully!

The kids 25+, Lager Conference.
Hartwig Tree couldn’t overcome the talented Gutter Guys in the losers bracket. If Gutter Guys had a full bench for every game they would have been contenders. Brian Savard won the Guzzler Prize once again this season. Three or four in a row for him! Hartwig continues to be solid competitors and they never complain! My favorite kind of hockey team:) Thanks, Mike!

Frozen Wings has dominated all season with only two losses, but Chicken Shack won the Championship. Spring break and illness hurt the Frozen Wings bench, but don’t take anything away from the hard playing Chicken Shack. Rico and crew of Chicken Shack never stop coming at you. They play hard and they earned the Lager Championship. There was some extra drama in this game also. Passions can run high, it is hockey.

EHL Bragging Rights
Chicken Shack meets Old Fokkers on Sunday (March 31) at 1:15 pm. This will be a fun game to watch, come have a beer!

Special Thanks
The league and the technology wouldn’t be possible without the help of Jeff Dennings and my brother Mike. Jeff worked tirelessly to develop our drop-in hockey app and it has made running a sheet super easy. Plus, he organizes the scorekeepers and manages the registration and posting of score sheets. 

Each team has some glue that holds it together. Thank you to Rico Phillips, Darren Newton, Ty Burt, Chris Green, Mike Hartwig and Greg Dufour for excellent work running your team. This is the first year since the league has stated that we actually collected all the team fees.

A big thanks to my lovely bride for allowing me to head to the rink three times and week and going herself twice a week to help with the drop in skates. I’m blessed.

Hey, let’s not forget the refs. Andy Pavolich did another great job getting us some stripes for the games and for the most part they got their hands out of their pockets:) All I have to say is that I’m glad I’m not a ref! Thanks, guys!

The 2019/20 Season

To help teams get sponsors and fund the ice bill, I’ve set up a sponsorship form for next season. We want to grow a few teams also. Some interest has been expressed, but time will tell. First come first serve. So get your team commitment into me for next season and help spread the word, please. The form is linked up below.

Stout Champions – again… Old Fokkers
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Lager Champions – Chicken Shack
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Gooners Dogs 2nd place Stout Conference
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Frozen Wings 2nd place Lager Conference
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Gutter Guys Lager Conference
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Bullfrogs Stout Conference
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Hartwig Tree Svc Lager Conference
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Scrap Dogs Stout Conference
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Wait! Did you see our jersey!
We are ordering dye sublimation jerseys in Rangers colors with EHL sponsors logos. They will be customized with your name and number in print or with Twill patches.
Beer League Players Attempt Red Bull Crashed Ice

Beer League Players Attempt Red Bull Crashed Ice

Crashed Ice is a new Red Bull event. Ice Cross Downhill. Of course, the young studs who compete make it look relatively easy – relative.

Now look at some Beer League players try to get down the course!

It is hilarious!

Wait! Did you see our jersey!
We are ordering dye sublimation jerseys in Rangers colors with EHL sponsors logos. They will be customized with your name and number in print or with Twill patches.

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!

Here is a link to all the pics:

Wait! Did you see our jersey!
We are ordering dye sublimation jerseys in Rangers colors with EHL sponsors logos. They will be customized with your name and number in print or with Twill patches.

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. 

Wait! Did you see our jersey!
We are ordering dye sublimation jerseys in Rangers colors with EHL sponsors logos. They will be customized with your name and number in print or with Twill patches.
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.