Category: Announcements

Town Hall – Rescheduled!

Hi all,

The MGHA Town Hall will be held Wednesday, February 28th at 7pm at Glass Nickel East. We’ve reserved the basement room; stairs are at the front of the restaurant, to the side of the front door. The Town Hall is a place to get together and chat about the league and this season, get to know your board and fellow league members, and eat pizza! We will provide pizza, and drinks will be available for you to purchase.

As always, if you have anything you’d like us to discuss, please shoot a message to the board!

Take care,
-k8-
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on behalf of your Board (Amanda, Matthew, Randi, Sara, Shelly, Tim and myself)

4Feb2018 Challenge games signup

We will have our 4th set of challenge games for the season, so please sign up below. For this set, we have an advanced game (5:15), two intermediate games (6:30 and 9:00), and a beginner game (7:45). As usual, please sign up for only 1 slot until after Saturday at noon so others have opportunity to sign up to play.

As a reminder, please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely. It’s a good idea to challenge yourself as the season progresses, but only within your limits. In the advanced games, skaters do not “play down” in some of the ways that they try to do in our regular season games. More advanced players who sign up for a scrimmage below their skill level should facilitate game play for players who fit well in that skill level. For safety, HOps reserves the right to shift players if we feel you have signed up for a level that doesn’t match your skill.

4Feb2018 Challenge games

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MGHA Town Hall!

Hi Friends,

It’s time for our annual MGHA Town Hall!

The Town Hall is an informal gathering in which we talk about the state of the league. It’s your chance to talk to the board and your fellow players, get an update on some of the behind the scenes things going on in the league, and spend some time off ice with league folks.

The Town Hall will be held Monday, February 5th at 7pm at Glass Nickel Atwood We’ve reserved the basement room and will have it all to ourselves. Pizza will be provided by the board and there will be bar service available.

If you have anything you’d like us to discuss, please email us at board@madisongayhockey.org and we’ll add it to the agenda!

Also, good luck to those folks taking part in the pond hockey tournament this weekend! If you’re not playing, we encourage you to head out and cheer on your teammates and friends.

On behalf of your board (Randi, Amanda, Sara, Shelly, Matthew, Tim and myself),

-k8-

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January 7th 2018 Challenge games and clinic

This is the sign-up sheet for the Challenge games on January 7th.  We will have our usual advanced challenge game (4:50), intermediate challenge games (6:00 and 9:30), and beginner (8:20) challenge game.

We will also have a mid-season special: clinics during the 7:10 time slot.  There will be a clinic run by Mark Nessel and HOps for beginner skaters.  There will also be a clinic for those who are goalie-curious.  We have some gear for people to borrow and some goalies helping teach for those who want to learn what it’s like in the net or improve on goalie skills.  Woooo helping and learning from awesome volunteers!

As usual, please sign up for only 1 skater slot until Saturday after 12 noon.

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Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 Challenge Games

Our challenge games are coming up this weekend. Since it’s early in the season we have some reminders.  PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP FOR ONE GAME until noon on Saturday, November 25th. Please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely.  We’ll have two intermediate games, a game for beginners, and a game for advanced players.  It’s a good idea to challenge yourself as the season progresses, but only within your limits.  In the advanced games, skaters do not “play down” in some of the ways that they try to do in our regular season games.  More advanced players who sign up for a scrimmage below their skill level should facilitate game play for players who fit well in that skill level.  Inclusive play is exceptionally important in such a situation.  For safety, HOps reserves the right to shift players if we feel you have signed up for a level that doesn’t match your skill.

The games will be scheduled as follows:

5:15 PM – Intermediate Game 1
6:30 PM – Advanced Game
7:45 PM – Beginner Game
9:00 PM – Intermediate Game 2

See you on the ice!
-HOps (Tim, Matthew, Amanda, Mark, Courtney, John, Brian)

26Nov2017 Challenge Games

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11/5 Feature Game Recap

Pumpkin Disorderly vs. The Merlots

(Listen to the game here)

It’s MGHA opening night and the 7 o’clock (7:10pm or 1910 to be precise) matchup is between the Merlots and Pumpkin Disorderly. The Disorderly made a statement early just 20 seconds into the game – they had already warmed up Merlots goaltender Nikki Veldkamp with a few opening shots when Disorderly defender Randi Hagen shot the puck from the blue line and scored off a deflection by a Merlots player. After that, both teams traded off offensive opportunities, engaging in a spirited battle. The Disorderly had another prime scoring change in the 1st, but co-captain Eric Witte wasn’t able to capitalise and Nikki covered up the puck, putting an end to that. Some other notable plays include Disorderly defence Chris Allman’s amazing set up passes, the excellent as always positional play by Merlots’ players and fiancees, Amanda Forbes and Miranda Soloff, and a dangerous shot at the point from Merlots’ defence Vlad Brik. The period ended 1-0 Disorderly.

The second period started with a strong Merlots volley, starting from their faceoff win by Mike Ekberg. Amanda hit Miranda with a tape to tape pass at the corner of the net, and Miranda elevated the puck up and over Disorderly goalie Joe Znidarsich (an impressive feat considering how tall he is even crouched over). The puck landed tantalisingly in the open crease for a heart-stopping moment, a perfect black circle in the semi-circle sea of blue paint, with a open gaping net mere inches beyond… before Disorderly defence Randi saves the day, clearing the puck and crushing the Merlots hope of scoring on that play. In one of their next offensive opportunities, the Disorderly score again, making it 2-0 by a goal from centre Brian Olinger.

Midway through the game, we were treated to the sight of one of the referees, usually some of the most accomplished skaters to grace our ice, jittering across the centre line in slow motion, arms outstretched, trying not to fall down. The ref recovered their balance successfully, and the game went on.

Both teams were determined in their quest to score goals, as is the point of this game. However, the outstanding play of both goaltenders made this a nigh impossible task, since stopping goals from being scored is their goal in life. Merlots goalie Nikki denied Brian Olinger a second goal and also stopped at least a few of Chris Allman’s fancy shots to keep her team in the game.

To open the 3rd, the Merlots dived right into another near-scoring opportunity. Mike’s shot took a weird bounce around the net and Disorderly goalie Joe lost track of the puck – fortunately, luck was on his side and he was able to find and cover it before anyone else had the chance to react. Pumpkin Disorderly hadn’t stopped being, dare we say, disorderly, and tried to wreak as much havoc as possible on the Merlots plan to score, but the Merlots got a few more good offensive opportunities – co-captain and defender Ashleigh Baldwin got a couple of great shots off, one blocked by Chris Allman’s shin pads (ouch), and the other turned away by goalie Joe. By the end of the game, the Disorderly were exhausted, icing the puck twice. With 8 seconds left, Merlots centre Miranda won the faceoff in the offensive zone, but the puck trickled just past the stick of the Merlots defender, and the score stands 2-0, with the victory going to Pumpkin Disorderly.

Never mind the score, though – both teams were extremely well-matched, and played impressively well in spite of only having 2 practices beforehand. It’s hard to believe this is the first time these teams have played. They’re both shaping up to be formidable opponents – the rest of the league better watch out! Both goalies made some impressive saves, and the final score would have been much higher without both goaltenders’ skill and expertise in net.

However, the star of the game has to go to Pumpkin Disorderly player Randi, who not only scored the game winning goal 20 seconds into the game, but made a just as important save when an answering Merlots goal seemed inevitable. When asked about that save, she said that she was “grateful that I was able to get that one out. But I made up for it – later, I shot the puck right back to Joe and was so glad that he caught it. Witte told us on the bench afterwards, ‘Remember, we’re shooting at the other net’.”

She made no mistake about which net to shoot at when she scored her goal. She wasn’t expecting it to go in, as Nikki had it well in her sights before the deflection – a prime example of why it’s never a bad idea to send the puck to the net, as you never know what will happen. And to score right off the bat like that? “It felt fantastic,” Randi said.

Fellow teammate McKenzie Zeiss caught up to us outside of the locker room. “Is [Randi] telling you how awesome she is? She was pretty awesome.”

2017 Team Reveal and Challenge Games

Hey y’all,

We’re starting our season off with our annual team reveal and challenge game night!  We’ll have three scrimmage-style games on Sunday along with team reveal.  Here’s the schedule for October 15th:

  • Beginner Scrimmage – 5:15 PM
  • Intermediate Scrimmage – 6:30 PM
  • Team Reveal – 7:45 PM
  • Advanced Scrimmage – 9:00 PM

Some info since this is our first scrimmage night of the season-

Please only sign up for one game until 12 noon on Saturday, October 14th.  We want to make sure everyone has a chance to sign up (and not everyone in the league can check their computers or phones multiple times per day). As usual, there are 30 slots for skaters per game along with two roster spots for goalies.  You’ll need to sign into the website to sign up for a scrimmage slot.

Unlike season games, challenge games are sorted based on the skill level of the players. Players choose at what level of play they can safely and most happily play.  Self-selection is a privilege and must be considered carefully.  If you choose to play down that is great, but you must understand that inclusive play is especially important.  A person playing down is there to facilitate fun and safe hockey play for newer skaters.  If you choose to play up that is commendable, but you must understand that the usual level of inclusive play does not apply.  Advanced skaters are there to challenge one another and work on their hockey skills.  Further, playing beyond one’s ability can create an unsafe environment for the individual skater and everyone else on the ice.  A person playing up a level doesn’t have to do well while learning new things, but skaters cannot play at a level where they can’t keep up. Particularly since this is the first scrimmage, Hockey Operations may ask you to move to a different time slot.  This is not meant to single anyone out but to ensure that everyone can play safely and effectively.

One note: We realize we’ve schedule advanced players late and beginners early throughout the season kickoff.  We’ll make it up to you all by switching up the schedule for the remainder of the challenge games.

See you on the ice!
-HOps (Tim, Amanda, Sara, Matthew, Mark, Brian, John, and Courtney)

15Oct2017 Challenge games

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2017 Evaluation Scrimmages – October 8, 2017

Thanks for being patient as we put together some teams for the evaluation scrimmages for Sunday, October 8th. Please take a look at the rosters in your inbox and find your name. Please show up at your requested time.

We did our best to honor must-play-with requests and other asks, but please let us know if we need to make a roster swap for some reason. Remember, play-with requests are meant to be for people who are consistently riding together.

As far as the scrimmages go, please try to bring the jersey listed in the email for your scrimmage team, if you have it. You’ll see either dark or light at the top of your rosters below. Jerseys with numbers are ideal for evaluation purposes.

If you have questions, please let HOps know.

See you all on the ice on Sunday!

2017 Evaluation Clinics – October 1, 2017

Welcome to the first of two nights of evaluations!

These next two Sundays are the most important nights of our season, as they’re what allow us to break the league up into ten competitively-balanced teams.

Tonight, we’re looking at basic individual skills. We’ll be looking at four different things:

  • Skating maneuverability and stopping
  • Skating backwards and changing directions
  • Skating and controlling the puck
  • Skating and passing

You may be really great at all of these, or not able to do any of them or somewhere in between. It doesn’t matter. You are in the league and you’ll be on a team either way. Do your best, whatever your best happens to be, and don’t stress if you don’t do well, or as well as you’d like.

We have a lot of people to evaluate. Please be dressed and ready to get on the ice before your start time. We have to get you on the ice and divided into four groups in a short amount of time if we’re going to get a good look at everyone. It’ll also be a big help if you have your name on your helmet.  Check your email for this week’s evaluation rosters.  This should have all the changes that have been requested.

Next week we’ll be doing one-hour scrimmages where we’ll look at your knowledge of positioning and your shooting, among other things. Watch your email for your time and team assignments for scrimmages. They will likely be different than this week’s rosters.  We’re hoping these will be refereed scrimmages, as well. We won’t be keeping score but we would like to have face-offs after goals and for offsides and icing.

We realize that some of you don’t know what offsides and icing are. This should help:

Offsides:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxiUccHD1Bc

Icing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEzyTOySsLc
Note that in adult rec hockey, icing is called as soon as the puck crosses the goal line, it doesn’t get waved off if a player on the opposing team gets there first (as noted in the video).