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2020/2021 Season Wrapup

2020/2021 Season Wrapup

Quick update as we wrap up the 2020/2021 Season.

Board meeting 3/21 as planned.
Present: Ty Burt of Frozen Wings, Tim Jankowski of Old Fokkers, Chris Joncas of Kidd Co, Brian Hall of Hartwig, Dave Crabill of Budtenders, Jeff Rouse of BC, Steve of Wolverine.

Round robin is one game against each team. In event of tie at end, regular season record is Champ.

Staying with Lager and Stout Conferences – 25+ and 40+ for next season. Jeff Dennings will be back at registration table.

I didn’t have a chance to laser the Stanley Pints. I dug them up and I’m down to 19 in stock. I’ll have them at the rink to distribute but I’m out of town until April 7th.

Ref cost and ice cost is going up. I’m going to try to hold the cost the same. There will be penalties for late payments from teams.

Have fun and no injuries!

See you on the ice soon I hope.

Commish Dave

2020/2021 Season Wrapup

EHL Playoffs

Sunday Early Hockey League

This league was formed in 2015 by and for hockey players.

The reasons we formed the league were as follows:

1) Better scheduling than Polar Palace provided. We now get a schedule that rarely changes for the season.

2) Better control on eliminating problem players.

3) Consistent prizes and group buy-in on the goal for fun and exercise.

 

Things that went wrong this season:

Well, the schedule got wonky with COVID. 

Jeff Dennings wasn’t able to help this season due to health concerns. Our league fee collection process changed and it put all the burden on managers to work with players.

We didn’t have the parity in the Conferences as we like.

The 40+ Stout Conference has one team dominating but I don’t hear too much whining. Just the normal whiners.

The 25+ Lager Conference fell apart. We lost one team for certain and I suspect three more teams are likely leaving. Way too much emotion was brought to the rink.

Next Season

I’m hoping that Jeff can help next season, but it isn’t certain yet. With or without Jeff the money collection is going to be tighter again. I plan to move up all dates and enforce the rules to remove teams from the league who can’t get it together. I hate bookkeeping and simply do not have the time or interest to collect money all season. 

A new league management system will likely be selected for use next season. The finance part of Hockey Community doesn’t work for either the players or me as I would like. I’m told that Sports Engine works well for GFHA. I’ll be doing some research. Let me know if you have a solution.

We grew the league from four teams to twelve in six seasons. I’m ok with scaling back. My goal was to hit 16 so we had eight in each Conference. Playoff schedules and variety are better with that number of teams. I’m ok going backwards if it relieves stress.

Each March I get burned out on hockey drama. My goal is to have fun playing hockey with those who are in line with our goals. I’m actively removing stressful players from my hockey universe. I simply don’t have the patience anymore.

Let’s be respectful of the rink, other players and the tradition of ice hockey and finish this season in a fun and competitive way.

EHL Board Meeting

I’m calling an EHL Board meeting for either Saturday, March 20th at 4 PM or Sunday, March 21st at 4:30 pm. I expect a representative from each team to email, call or text with a preferred date and the final time will be set by majority vote.

 

Thank you for participating in the EHL.

See you on the ice!

Dave

 

 

2020/2021 Season Wrapup

Illegal Player Issue

Kidd Company player Brian Knack, #9 is under age for our league. I’m told his birthday is in April, but I’m also told that he will be 24 in April.

He is leading the league in points and has been an instigator of the trouble with his chirping.

It is  the responsibility of the team manager to inform the players of the league bylaws and rules and keep them in line. Ray Markey is the Kidd Co manager. He pulled together this team for the season and it was communicated that any exceptions must be approved by the board.

A copy of Brian’s drivers license has not surfaced, so I’m assuming that he is under age. I don’t have proof one way or another yet.

Sorry guys, but let’s wrap this up with a quick motion and vote. Someone propose what we should do about this situation and lets vote on it.

Thanks,

Dave

 

Board Decision on Suspensions Needed

Board Decision on Suspensions Needed

Managers, please review the video and chime in on suspensions.

During the BC vs Kidd Co there was a scrum that turned to more activity in the penalty box that isn’t seen in the video. Feel free to give me a call if you have questions.

 

 

2020/2021 Season Wrapup

Lockout Extended- no games 12/20

You can rent the ice for personal exercise, so Wed & Fri are on, but no League play. Must wear masks into rink.

Will update when I know more. The schedule will just keep rolling back unfortunately. 

Hope all are safe and healthy. Reach out if you know of anyone in need. I’m hearing of some without food. The Old Newsboys is a great organization to help kids with gifts and essentials. We are all in this together. Tough times. 

Merry Christmas

Dave

Thanksgiving Weekend Update

Thanksgiving Weekend Update

The schedule in Hockey Community has now been updated. More games need to be added into the schedule yet, but will be added when we get closer. We are scheduled through January currently and it looks like we will skate into April to get the 23 regular season and two playoff games in as planned.

There shouldn’t be the normal conflicts with tournaments in April I would suspect.

The deadline for league fees remains at December 16th. Teams paid in full by December 16th will recieve a $100 rebate. Those not paid in full will be evaluated for removal from the schedule.

I realize that you don’t have a convenience of paying when walking into the rink, but the mail still works as well as electronic payments. Make plans to get the ice bill paid up please.

Hope everyone is healthy and ready to get back. 

Best regards,

Dave