Happy holidays from Gears Beer Hockey. I hope you enjoy time with family and friends and get a break from the routine.
In this hockey update we’re going to touch base on the Eclectic Hockey League on Sunday mornings, the Oldtimers Hockey Club, and some upcoming tournaments. So get ready for some stats and surprises, injury reports, and more.
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Let’s do a quick update on injuries, standings, and some surprises of the season. Each season we have a few injuries and in the last few weeks, we’ve had two players sidelined with torn biceps David Taylor from Frozen Wings and Kyle Wilson from Gooners Dogs. They both completed injury reports with USA hockey. The insurance you get with your registration helps with the gap in medical coverage. Should you ever have to use it, you’ll find that it’s well worth the registration fee.
The big surprise of the season is the Marauders. They’ve moved up from the basement of the league to be a solid third place behind Gooners, Dogs, and Tucker Attorney. Gooners has always been a tough team to play against. They live up to their namesake most games and despite what Rouse might say, the Tucker team is stacked with a bunch of 40A players, not a bender in the lineup. F’n Wings has fallen from fame and is in fourth place. They remain a fun team to play against. Budtenders have been struggling and have a lock on fifth place with the Shark team or JSJN in last without a win.
All three recent games were close, with Tucker beating Frozen 3 to 2, Budtenders beating JSJN 4 to 2 and Marauders beating Gooners 3 to 2.
All right, now let’s talk about our stats. They’re not perfect. The jersey numbers and score sheets don’t always line up yet. The leading goal scorers are between 10 and 13 goals, so that’s pretty good. Rouse leads the assists at 13 with those sweet passes he’s capable of. Marty Lavallee leads the goals-against stats, but only because he skated in only one game against the Budtenders and shut us out. Brian from Tucker and Dalton from Marauders are close at 1.27 and 1.31 goals against average, respectively. Dalton has the most shutouts with three, and Mike Davis and Brian are just behind with two each. We have nine regular-season games left. The roster will be frozen after our games on January 7th, and illegal players will be a forfeit. By freezing on January 7th, there is still time for new players to get eight games in.
On the money side, most teams are paid in full. Teams not paid in full will start games with a penalty that increases each week that the balance isn’t paid.
A tournament has dropped from Crystal’s schedule in February, so we’re going to be able to get our season in by the end of March.
Sunday Pick-Up Games
I’m going to run a sheet of ice on Sundays after the season ends. It’s going to be available through PerfectSkate.com. It’s not there yet, but once I book the ice, I’ll get it set up in there.
Speaking of Perfect Skate, a Friday night skate is available on the Gears Beer Private list that’s in Perfect Skate. If you have not registered yet, visit app.PerfectSkate.com and request to join the Gears Beer Private list. Once I approve you, the skates will be available in the skater’s dashboard. Should you want to run a sheet, the system automates the texts and emails to fill up your skate. There’s an easy way to mark players paid, and of course, an easy way to assign dark and white jerseys to set up the teams. The cost is only pennies per skater to cover the messaging and saves hours of time. Learn more at Perfectskate.com.
50 and over Oldtimers Hockey League
You can find the standings and stats on OldtimersHockeyClub.com. The top eight teams will compete in the playoffs. There’s a tight points race going on in the middle of the 11-team league. Playing in the draft league has been a blast. You don’t have the same tension and rivalries you find in our Sunday morning league.
The registration forms are posted on OldtimersHockeyClub.com to register a team for the April Oldtimers tournament. Plus, there’s a tournament happening up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan early in January. We have at least three teams from our barn that are heading up to the Soo to compete. That’s going to be a fun weekend, boys.
So that’s all the hockey news for now. Thanks for being a part of the hockey community. It’s a blast for me and the guys who are still playing over 70 are motivation for me to do what I can to stay in the game.
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Keep your head up and stick on the ice!