Author: Greta Landis

MGHA Town Hall Meeting – Feb. 26 6-8pm at Delta Beer Lab!

Hey MGHA! Our mid-season Town Hall Meeting is coming up at the end of the month! Come out to Delta Beer Lab from 6-8pm on Monday, Feb 26th! For those new around here, the Town Hall Meeting is a chance for the MGHA Board and other league organizers to share a little about what we’ve been working on this year, and a chance for you to bring your questions, suggestions, and ideas for the rest of this season and beyond! 

If you can’t make it, don’t worry! We’ll send out the notes in an email update (we know how much you love email updates), and you’re always welcome to contact the board or leave anonymous feedback in our website feedback form if you have ideas you want to share! Here’s what to expect from the evening:

2023-2024 MGHA Town Hall

Monday, Feb. 26th: 6 – 8pm at Delta Beer Lab

6 – 6:30pm: Social time! Hang, catch up, and grab a beverage if you wish, then head to the back room at Delta for the meeting.6:30 – 7pm: League updates and announcements!

  • Quick introduction of the MGHA organizing groups
  • Highlights from the 2023-2024 season so far
  • Events recap and announcements
  • Financial update
  • Reminder about our annual meeting in May – become an MGHA member!

7 – 7:30pm: Open discussion, the “ask us anything!” part of the evening!
Bring your questions, discussion suggestions, feedback, friendship, etc.

7:30 – 7:45pm: Closing up. Clear out and put away chairs before Delta closes at 8pm.

See you soon!

2/11 Super Bowl Scrimmages + Goalie-Curious Clinic!

Hey MGHA! We don’t have regular games Feb. 11th, but you can still get your hockey on and shake it off! We’ll have Super Bowl Scrimmages (Taylor’s Version) + a Goalie-Curious Clinic! Expect social time, scrimmages, Swiftie-pleasing playlists, and a chance to test out goalie gear and goalie moves! More details below.

Scrimmages: Sign up for one scrimmage at the level of play where you are most comfortable to start, and if there are still slots available on Friday, Feb. 9th feel free to sign up for more! We will have open stick and puck time during the goalie-curious clinic to work on skating, shooting, or other skills.

Goalie-Curious Clinic: Have you been thinking, “how could I learn some new hockey skills to be wildly versatile and beloved by all, and also play hockey for free?” Test out what it would like to be a GOALIE! This is a great low-pressure opportunity to learn a little about goalie gear, goalie moves, and other goalie essentials. Please sign up in the “goalie newbies” section of the sign-up sheet before 5pm on Thursday, Feb. 8th to help us find enough experienced goalies and gear to run the clinic!

Sign up for the scrimmage options below  (all on Rink A):

  • 5:20pm – 6:20pm: L1/L2 Scrimmage
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm: L2/L3 Scrimmage
  • 7:40pm – 8:40pm: GOALIE CURIOUS CLINIC (half ice)
  • 7:40pm – 8:40pm: Stick & puck (half ice)
  • 8:50pm – 9:50pm: L1/L2 Scrimmage

Potluck sign-upIf you’re interested in snacking and socializing between scrimmages, we’ll have an informal potluck upstairs. Bring a dish, a drink, a dip, or just come hang out! Sign-up is here with more instructions. If you remember, bring your own tupperware and cutlery to dish up your potluck plate—less waste is great! We’ll have some paper plates and napkins at the rink as well. 

Volunteer sign-up: As always, we need a few helping hands to set us up for success! Sign up on the scrimmage page to help us open up the rink and clean up at the end of the night. 

Let us know if you have questions. See you on the ice soon! 

– Greta, on behalf of HOps 

Super Bowl Scrimmages (Taylor's Version) + Goalie-Curious Clinic!

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New player social, t-shirt designs, play-with requests, and other hockey logistics!

Hey y’all! Great to see so many of you on the ice as we gear up for the season! We have a few more (yes, more) announcements to help us kick off the MGHA season. Links to polls and pages for your input are highlighted in yellow.

First, the fun stuff! 

New player social

We’re excited to get to know each other on the ice and off, so we’ll be scheduling a new player social at I/O Arcade Bar in early October. We need your help to pick a date! Fill out this poll by next Wednesday, Sept. 27 and we’ll get it on the calendar! All players welcome, but we’ll prioritize the time that works best for new-to-the-MGHA folks. 

Rinkside social time during the season

We’re also looking for a few volunteers interested in coordinating regular meetups at Cap Ice on Sundays as the season gets going (think board games, crafts, or other low-key activities upstairs in the Eagle’s Nest between ice time). If you’re interested in helping with this, reach out to the Board or me (Greta).

T-shirt designs!

All MGHA players get a comfy, colorful t-shirt as part of your participation in the league, and this year we’re opening up the design process to you! If you’re interested in volunteering a little hockey-related art, submit your design using the guidelines on this form by Friday, October 8. This league runs on volunteer labor—it means a lot that you’re willing to share your design skills! We’ll open the designs up to league-wide voting the week of October 11, and share the winning design at team reveal night on October 15, and we’ll credit the winning designer for this year with an announcement on our website and in your player profile. Contact Gene or Gabby if you have questions about t-shirts.

And now, some gentle reminders and logistics!

‘Play with’ requests for forming teams

We’ll be doing evaluations over the next 3 weekends to help us create balanced teams, but we also take input from you! If you have a carpool buddy or someone you don’t feel safe playing with this year, this is how you let us know. We’ll do our best to honor these requests during the team creation process. There are three options: must play with, would like to play with, and would not feel safe playing with. All of this is detailed when you log in to your account at the link here. You do not have to fill this form out if you do not have any requests.

Update your profile with a photo and your USA hockey registration number

With 270 of us, adding photos to our player profiles helps us build community and recognize each other when we’re out of our hockey gear. You can edit your profile to add a photo and your USA Hockey registration number

League Fees

To pay the ice time bills, we need to collect league fees. The MGHA is committed to making hockey accessible to all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and funds are available to provide financial assistance to players in need. To request financial assistance to help cover the cost of your league fees or gear, please complete our financial assistance form. If you have any questions, please contact Gene, our treasurer. 

Ok that’s it for now! Happy hockey!