Category: Announcements

Blades Against AIDS 2018: Help Us Make it a Success!

Blades Against AIDS is our annual charity event, with all proceeds benefitting the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW). This year’s Blades Against AIDS is our 10th annual, and we’ll need a lot of help to make the event a success!

Tickets are $10 for adults (18+), $5 for kids ages 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under. MGHA players who volunteer for one hour will receive free admission to the event.

Attendees will enjoy open skate time, skate rental, performances, food, and hot drinks included with the cost of admission. New for this year, we will also be offering mini-lessons (basic tips and assistance) for attendees who are new to skating.

We’re asking all MGHA players to pitch in however they’re able to help us make a difference for those in our community affected by HIV and to support vital prevention services. There are three main ways you can help:

  1. Help spread the word! Invite your friends and family to join us. Information can be found on Facebook or on our Eventbrite page. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance online (via Eventbrite).
  2. Help secure raffle prizes! Raffle ticket sales are crucial for maximizing our contribution to the ARCW. Have connections in the area? Own a business? Work for an employer willing to donate a prize? Willing to part with something of value? Let us know! Email blades@madisongayhockey.org.
  3. Sign up for a volunteer shift the day of the event. Can you spare an some time before the October 14 challenge games? Sign up for a shift (or two!) Spend time with fellow players and extend a warm MGHA welcome to our attendees.

Blades Against AIDS | October 14, 2018 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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New to MGHA Player Orientation this Sunday 3:15pm at Kavanaugh’s

We would like to invite you our new player orientation this Sunday from 3:15pm-5pmish at Kavanaughs (near Hartmeyer) https://goo.gl/maps/VuTM89Egqmr
We will meet some new friends, and learn about inclusion, how to play “The MGHA Way,” what to do when you mess up someone’s pronouns, how to be a good teammate, and more!
We strongly encourage all players new to MGHA to attend this event.
Snacks and beverages (mostly water before hockey) will be provided. We will head over to Hartmeyer afterwards for the beginner clinic. If you are not participating in the beginner clinic, feel free to help/hang out at the rink or head out after orientation is over.

The Gear Up Event is Sept 2nd from Noon-1pm in Hartmeyer Parking Lot!

Hi Everybody! We are having our pre-season gear up event Sunday Sept 2nd from 12pm-1pm in the Hartmeyer parking lot https://goo.gl/maps/NnVEeoVqgqG2

New players who need gear: we will have people on hand to help players get fitted and kitted up. Mentors can also help with this if they are able to attend! Gear will go on a first come first served basis so get there as close to noon as possible. Looking forward to meeting you! Here is an equipment guide if you need it. Note shoulder pads are NOT optional in our league http://newtohockey.com/hockey-equipment-guide-for-new-adult-players/
People who have extra gear to donate: bring it to the event, drop it off. Amanda will be there a little early. If that day is out altogether, please contact Amanda or Andi before Sept 2nd. We’ve had some donations already, thank you!
People who would like to help out/socialize and have an hour to spare on Sunday the 2nd: We would be very happy to have your help/company and assistance getting people fitted. There might even be cookies.
The countdown begins! Two weeks until ice time!!

2018-2019 League Fees and USA Hockey Registration Reminders

It’s almost September!! With the 2018-2019 season just a few weeks away, we are now accepting league fee payments for all non-goalie players. After the deposit, league fees are $200 and they are due by September 9 when pre-season clinics begin.
 
We offer two options for paying your league fees:
2) Click here to request a payment plan (or email treasurer@madisongayhockey.org). Players who request this option will be emailed a monthly PayPal invoice for $50 over four months (September, October, November, and December).
 
Secondly, all players must register with USA Hockey prior to the stepping on the ice at an MGHA skills clinic, practice, or game. Detailed instructions about how to complete this registration can be found on our website. Registration costs $45, includes insurance benefits to individual players, and is valid for one year. Once you have registered with USA Hockey, please be sure to send your registration confirmation to Andi at registrar@madisongayhockey.org
 
Please also know that 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 and/or gear, please complete our financial assistance form.
 
Questions? Please email treasurer@madisongayhockey.org

Recruiting Update – We’re Full!

A couple of quick recruiting announcements, along with some TODOs for you.

Recruiting Updates

  1. We’ve filled up our 10 teams for the season! We’ve got a waiting list.
  2. There will be a gear event, a new player orientation, and new player social. We are just finalizing dates and locations for those.

The Season Begins…

The first skills clinic is Sunday, September 9th at 7pm at Hartmeyer.  Ironman is that weekend, so be aware of downtown traffic.  Expect another email from Hockey Ops with more details soon!

Things For You To Do:

  1. You can pay your league fees, now!  The fees are $280 dollars total and are due September 30th.  Your $80 deposit counts toward your league fees.
  2. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to register for USA Hockey.
  3. Make sure your profile lists your pronouns.
  4. Make sure your profile lists your emergency contact information.
  5. While we’re on the subject of your profile… take a moment to update your bio and upload a pic if you don’t have one!

2018-2019 Board Duties

Hey all!

The board members have selected their titles and duties. If you are curious as to what those might be, please mosey on over to “About the Board”

Hope you all are enjoying the weather, and if you are in need of a hockey fix, don’t forget about summer scrimmages! Subbing opens on 7/8.

If you are hankering to play again this season, make sure to pay your dues or contact Zach, our Treasurer at treasurer@madisongayhockey.org.

Apologies for the belated announcement on this, the Cool Whip will most likely have words for the Secretary.

Sincerely,

Witte, the Secretary.

2018-2019 League Deposit

Player deposit for next season is now available. The deposit is $80 dollars and due by the end of the business day on Monday, July 9th. After that, returning players will be treated as new recruits. If you are unable to pay the deposit by July 9th but intend to play with us next year, please contact Zach (treasurer@madisongayhockey.org).

As a reminder, we will be maintaining 10 teams and expect to fill up. In following with our mission statement, in recruiting and in accepting new players, we will prioritize members of the LGBTQ+ community and other groups with historically limited access to hockey.

As a reminder, we will be sending announcements for when we have 100 players, 125 players, and a full roster.

Looking forward to next season with y’all,

-Recruitment team and MGHA board

2018 Membership Voting

The following people have applied for membership in the MGHA. Please click on their name to see each person’s application. Once you’ve read the applications you can click on the boxes to the side of their names to vote; voting “Yes” means you are voting for this person to become a member, while voting “No” means that you are voting against their becoming a member.

Voting will be open from now until Friday, May 18th, in order to allow time to notify applicants prior to the Annual Member Meeting. You may change your votes at any time until voting closes.

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As a reminder, the Annual Member Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm at Glass Nickel East.