Schedule & League Update - Gears Beer

The Eclectic Hockey League was formed out of a need for better management of beer league hockey to keep the game fun and safe. We invest in technology through the Hockey Community to provide easy access to schedules and stats. The schedule is posted far in advance. My experience with rink run leagues had been total disinterest in anything but collecting fees.

Over the last few years we have dialed in the registration process and truly managed the rosters and collected most team fees on the agreed-upon schedule.

2020 is different.

We have little control over the rosters this year. Each team has to step up and help the scorekeeper to get new players rostered if you are unable to do it. Only by the team managers and the players paying attention and helping out will the rosters be managed.  

We had an issue two weeks ago with a player who is known to have emotional issues enter a game and get into a fight. That player is suspended for eight weeks per the bylaws and I will put up for vote expulsion from the league to the full board. That will not be tolerated. Let’s all focus on keeping the problems out of our league and avoid any team expulsions.

The rink now has two sheets of ice in!

I’ve elected to run one sheet for the day. It is difficult to find anyone to work as a scorekeeper, so we can run the one sheet with one scorekeeper. Any game that was scheduled for Saturday is now starting at 3:15 pm on Sunday. We simply moved the Saturday games to Sunday at 3:15 pm. The other games times were moved forward by 15 minutes. The first game is now at 9 am.

COVID did reach it’s ugly hand into the rink and claimed our most loyal fan. Eric Schauwecker’s dad was a regular at the games and it is sad to report that he passed away in September. You will recognize his face – here is his obit https://www.sharpfuneralhomes.com/obituary/William-Schauwecker

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schauwecker family.

The handful of COVID-infected players have recovered, yet we have to remain mindful that it is elderly and ill that we come in contact with who are at most risk.

Finance

If you want to pay by cash or check, find me at the rink during my game times (Budtenders) or Wed. or Fri night skates. Checks should be made out to Gears Beer and can be mailed to 9350 Bennett Lake Rd Fenton, MI 48430. Otherwise, the Hockey Community app has a Finance tab that you can find to the right when looking at your team page.

Most teams are on track. Thank you to Ty Burt of Frozen Wings for being paid in full early again this year. It makes my job much easier.

Another reminder that everything about the league is found on www.Gears.beer/ehl

If you need clear tape I have plenty for $2 per roll.

Looking for CBD products? I’m launching a full line including a roll on salve with serious relief, look for details in the future or grab me at the rink.

Keep your head up and stick on the ice!

Dave