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Frequently Asked Questions…

Frequently Asked Questions…

Two weeks in. It is going well. 

Here are some frequently asked questions:

How do I pay for my share of the league?

Each team has a player payment amount. Ask your team manager.

You pay Gears Beer – not the rink.

A payment path is available in the Hockey Community app. Click on your team name and swipe over to the Finance Tab.

Otherwise, write a check to Gears Beer and mail to 9350 Bennett Lake Rd Fenton, MI 48430

I will have a receipt book with me when at the rink for Budtenders games. As long as I don’t jump into another game, I will hang out in parking lot for a few after my game to catch later skaters who want to pay cash.

Do I need USA Hockey registration?


What is the insurance coverage?


By entering the rink you agree to this waiver.


 Below is a screen shot of the Hockey Community app showing a swipe to the finance tab.

hockey community finance screen
Frequently Asked Questions…

Schedule Set for 2020/21 Season

Eclectic Hockey League (EHL) will have twelve teams, six in each conference. Unfortunately, we only have one sheet to use so a game will be held Saturday 9 pm and then Sunday 9:15 am; 10:30; 11:45; 1 pm; 2:15 pm

Make sure you have a login to Hockey Community. There is a reste password link that expires in 30 min if you wish to reset your password. Team managers will be responsible for checking in players each game and confirming with scorekeepers.

I’m hiring both scorekeepers again to start the season. We will use tablets and enter the scores in HC during the game and cross check the stats. If concerned about stats, have your team manger communicate any updates to your scorekeeper after the game to make sure the calls were accurate.

The 2020 Champs Stanley Pints will be given out on Sunday, Sept. 12th to the Lager and Stout Champs. BC & Frozen.

All Black Hockey Sticks will have a trailer full of $89 Carbon Fiber sticks for sale on Sept. 12th in front of the rink. Please support our sponsor and grab a stick or two! I know many have been asking me for this opportunity. Let’s welcome Larry back to our rink. He also offers fully sublimated jerseys for as low as $35 each through www.JustHockeyJerseys.com Look for a new website in the coming weeks as my team is working on it.

COVID update. If you have any symtoms of a cold, do not enter the rink. IF you have come in contact with someone who has COVID, do not enter the rink. Let’s be smart and safe. 

See you on the ice!


Frequently Asked Questions…

August 2020 EHL Board Meetings

August 16th Meeting

Present: Chris Green, Gooners Dogs; Dane Tucker, C & S; Darren Newton, Old Fokkers; Justin McHugh, Chicken Shack; Ray Markey, Kidd Co; Ty Burt, Frozen Wings; Mike Hartwig, Hartwig Tree Svc.; Dave Crabill, Budtenders

Teams not represented: Bigby Coffee, BC Heating, Prestige Worldwide, Scrap Dogs, Wolverine

1) Revised version of the COVID protocols from Punch Kick Hockey League in Macomb Co. will be in place.

2) Season Start Date is Sept. 13. Working with the rink on ice times.

3) Team Managers will use HC to check in players prior to game. Score keeper will verify. Work with your score keeper just prior to game to make sure all is set correctly. We have done a great job on the 8 game min. for playoffs so far.

4) Free case of beer for first game on EHL for any team who attended both meetings in person or virtual.  Gooners, Chicken Shack, Old Fokkers, Kidd Co, Frozen Wings, Hartwig Tree

5) Still working on getting a quote on private insurance for the league.

6) Players who pay $50 towards season through Gears.beer will be eligible for a 50% discount on Sunday drop in hours. Teams looking to scrimmage should set that up soon. Contact Dave.


8/23 1:30 PM Frozen Wings
8/23 2:45 PM AVAILABLE
8/30 1:30 PM Gooners Dogs will scrimmage Budtenders
8/30 2:45 PM Frozen Wings



August 2nd Meeting Notes:

Darren Newton, Old Fokkers; Chris Green, Gooner’s Dogs; Eric Schauwecker, Scrap Dogs; Rico Philips, Chicken Shack; Mike Hartwig, Hartwig Tree; Ray Markey, new team 25+; Drew Lang, Wolverine Fire; Ty Burt, Frozen Wings; Jeff Dennings, EHL Dave Crabill, EHL & Budtenders

Teams not represented: Bigby Coffee, BC Heating, Prestige Worldwide, CS Motors


Bylaws – no changes

Ice Time Costs increased for this season by $225 per team and will increase each of the next four years. The cost of hosting two more playoff games in August to finish season is close to the increase. We will forego the balance of the 19/20 season and there won’t be an increase in cost for teams entering the 20/21 season.

The 2020 Stanley Pint Champions are:

BC Heating for the Lager Conference

Frozen Wings for the Stout Conference

Send any team sponsor information to dave@gears.beer for placement on the website. A sponsor form is available to use as you wish. Happy to help you secure those sponsors!

Ice time starting in August will be available for teams to scrimmage or drop in games. Contact Dave or use the Gears Beer Hockey App to join Sunday drop ins. 

We are meeting again on August 16th. In the meantime we will review an optional insurance policy and determine any health and safety protocols. A quote has been requested from K & K Insurance: https://www.kandkinsurance.com/sites/Sports/Pages/Home.aspx

EHL Registration

EHL Registration

Our plan is to run the early Sunday hockey league for the 2020 – 2021 season. If the restrictions are not lifted we may be held to just one sheet of ice for the season. We are working through the challenges as we can. A league meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 16th at 2 pm. Details are on the EHL Page.

In the meantime, I do have sheets of ice reserved for August 23rd and 30th. You can register for the upcoming season with a $50 deposit on your ice time bill and receive discounted drop in skate fees of $10! 

Simply purchase the EHL Registration, then when logged into the site you can book the Sunday ice times for just $10 each.


11 am; 12:15 pm; 1:30 pm; 245 pm; 4:00 pm


11 am; 12:15 pm; 1:30 pm; 2:45 pm

Use this button below to purchase your EHL Registration. The $50 goes towards your teams ice bill.


EHL Board Meeting

EHL Board Meeting

The Board of the Eclectic Hockey League (EHL) meet at Skaters Bar Sunday at 1 pm to prepare for the 2019/20 ice hockey season.

We have six teams in each Conference. Lager 25+ and Stout 40+

Present were Dave Crabill – Commish-Leather Necks; Jeff Dennings-Assistant Commish; Mike Hartwig-Hartwig Tree Svc.; Darren Newton-Old Fokkers; Tom Hutchings-Leather Necks; Mark Abee-Scrap Dogs; Ty Burt – Frozen Wings; Jeff Wieler – Gooners Dogs; Jeff Rouse-BC Heating; Drew Lang-State Farm; Brandon Groleau; Nate Carnell and another guy – CS Motors; Casey Owens – Mighty Drunks.

Here are the Conference lineups:

Lager – 25+

BC Heating & Cooling – Jeff Rouse
C & S Motors – Dane Tucker
Chicken Shack- Ricco Phillips
Hartwig Tree Service- Mike Hartwig
State Farm- Drew Lang
The Mighty Drunks- Casey Owens

Stout 40+

Frozen Wings-Ty Burt
Gooner Dogs-Chris Green
Leather Necks-Tom Hutchings
Old Fokkers-Darren Newton
Prestige Worldwide-Brandon Groleau
Scrap Dogs-Mark Abee / Eric Schauwecker

We had a quick, productive meeting. Thank you to all who took time out of your busy schedule, really appreciate it.

Bylaw Review – see link to bylaws on this page

Page 3 GAME  overtime rules in playoffs. 4 on 4 for five minutes then shootout.

Page 5 Prizes Two Guzzler prizes, one for each Conference; Two Stanley Pint champs, one for each conference awarded custom Stanley Pints; GOALIE PRIZE! Finally – Two $50 Tallboy prizes, one each conference for most shutouts.

Roster Decisions:

We voted to allow defenseman, Shaun Adair (38) to skate with Scrap Dogs. He skates every Wed & Fri with me, so I know his ability and temperament, a good fit for our league.

We voted to allow a slightly underage girl, Taylor, to skate with The Mighty Drunks. Taylor has skated a lot with a weekly skate, a good fit for the league.

The Frozen Wings – 40 + and Scrap Dogs 40+ are still finalizing their rosters if you know of anyone wanting to skate.

Schedule / Crossover

We are not doing the inter-conference games this season since we have six each. (No old guys vs young guys games) What we will do instead, thanks to Jeff, is run a schedule of five games then schedule 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4 and 5 vs 6 in each conference. That way the points can be earned against your next best competitor, then repeat. Each team will still play each in its own conference four times.


Payments are collected through Hockey Community. Get your guys on the app, team managers can add to their roster, or have them go to www.gears.beer/ehl and I’ll add them to your team.

The first deadline is $625 by 9/15

Received so far. 
BC Heating – $700
C & C Motors – $500
Hartwig Tree – $400
Chicken Shack – $0
State Farm – $100
The Mighty Drunks – $0
Frozen Wings – $300
Gooners Dogs-$300
Leather Necks- $400
Old Fokkers-$700
Prestige Worldwide-$800
Scrap Dogs-$100

Let me know if there are Registration payments that have not been credited to the player. There was an issue with the process of initial registration.

I think that is it. Thanks again for playing! I’m looking forward to another fun season.



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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