Category: Announcements

2019-2020 Essays: What Madison Gay Hockey Means to Me

As the season enters the home stretch and we’re all a little sad thinking about hockey ending and not see our teams and friends on the regular, it’s time to reflect on what hockey has meant to us as individuals. We all are changed in some way by being a part of this league and community. Writing and sharing our experiences helps others learn and grow and new players see a potential path for themselves. Our Lives Magazine runs an essay contest on this subject each season and the winner gets published in the magazine as well as their dues paid in full for next season.

All are encouraged to write an essay. All 2019-2020 league participants are eligible for this contest except previous winners.

More explanation of this as well as previous essays can be found here

Please send your essay submission to president [at] Essays will be read and voted on by members of the current board and captains who do not enter this year’s contest.

Deadline is Tuesday March 3nd!

MGHA Combined Color Games & Challenge Camps – 2/2/2020 Sign Ups

On Sunday February 2nd, we acknowledge *some* MGHAers may choose to spectate another unnamed sport over playing the best sport there ever was.


So, we are combining our level 1 and level 2 color teams into single MEGA teams for one night. The gameplay will still be the MGHA way – spirited, inclusive and safe!

Notes for signing yourself up

  1. All skaters can sign up for their color’s combined team AND/OR fill in elsewhere if a team doesn’t have enough players. This is a good time to meet MGHAers on other teams!
  2. Captains may recruit/make changes to keep balance, but should help keep the game focused on the MGHA-way… safe, fun, educational.
  3. Goalies first to sign up gets the slot, work with captains to set up a rotation if both goalies want to play.
  4. L2 Players – this is an opportunity to coach and practice playing inclusively and talk through strategy + skills while on the bench. Skate safely and with awareness of others’ abilities.
  5. L1 Players – this is an opportunity to experience slightly faster play and learn strategy in a different game setting. It may help you figure out what level you want to play in next year.
  6. Black Mirror and Avalanche Avengers – we’ve created 5 intermediate/advanced spots on your teams. Recruit folks to join your squad if you want!

Rink B / Advanced Scrimmage

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Rink B - Ugly Submarines vs. Cordon Monsters

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Rink B - Dumpster Devils vs Sacre Moon!

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Rink A / Avengers vs Mirrors

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Rink A / Easy Juice vs Wild Republic

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Rink A - Goalie Island, Uncle K8 +Smides + Shiny's Camp

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Contact Christina or another board member if you need to adjust website signups.


Milwaukee Admirals Pride Night Feb 5th 7pm in MKE

The Milwaukee Admirals are having a Pride night February 5th, 2020 and we’re going! Anyone interested can purchase tickets through the link below (send to your friends if they would like to go as well) and a portion of the proceeds come back to the MGHA.

Two ticket options available $20 and $30 (includes a beanie)

We can buy more than 5 tickets but if you’d like to buy more the 5 AT ONCE, give Colton a call (contact info at the link). He set aside a few rows of 5 for us so we can sit together and if we need more, he’ll get it done.

If you plan to go, can you also please fill out this quick poll Hafner put together to see how many we’re sending, possible carpooling, and see if we can get anyone there for the high five tunnel as the players take the ice before the 7pm game (6:30pm-ish)?

If you’d like to go and need assistance with a ticket, email president [at] madisongayhockey [dot] org

Missing ice time? (Local info)

Of course you are!
We have a page on our website (#RandiIsMagic) that lists the open skates and open hockey around town that have an RSS feed.

Sun Prairie also has some stick and puck times that don’t show up in their public skate calendar (and therefore don’t get picked up by our page)

The Shell has some as well: link

Wondering what to do when you get there? Check out our Skills and Drills page from Libs and Chuck

Stick and Puck time usually requires helmet and gloves at minimum protection, full gear is also great. Most places require you bring your own puck as well. Please review the policies for the venue and session you plan to attend.

See you on the ice!

MGHA Challenge Camp Night Sign Ups – Sunday, December 1st

All MGHA skaters are welcome to sign up for any/all time slots. Maximum skaters are listed on each individual sign up.

December 1st, MGHA Queer Agenda + Facebook Event

All Night Thanksgiving Potluck, led by Rainbow Kate in the Eagle’s Nest. 

Sign up to bring something – friends & fam encouraged to enjoy food and fandom from the Eagle’s Nest & Cap Ice with our MGHA Community!

Rink B 5:00 PM = 1/2 Juicy Warm Ups, 1/2 Goalie Island

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Leaders;Lord Bront, Libs, Laur

Rink B / 6:10 PM Advanced-Intermediate Scrimmage

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Rink B / 7:20 PM Beginner-Intermediate Scrimmage

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Rink B / 8:30 PM Intermediate Scrimmage

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Rink A / 6:30 PM Up North Camp

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Lead from afar; Shiny

Rink A / 7:40 PM Roller Camp

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Leaders; Gabby, Molly


Rink A / 8:50 PM Spirit Camp

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Leaders; Greta , Sars

Thank you to everyone who is helping make this possible! Special shout outs to Rainbow Kate, Amanda Thornton, Patrick Farabaugh, Alan Silver, the camp leaders, and all of you who share the MGHA love this season.

Want to help teach hockey? Volunteer to bench coach!

New to MGHA this year, we will begin allowing bench coach volunteers to help coach players from the bench. Wild cool!

Read on for how to request to bench coach and other details of the program, outlined by your role.

All Players – we expect all bench coaches to have read the page below. If you think something is off, you can make a quick correction by giving feedback to the bench coach. Gentle reminders can come from anyone. And as always, code of conduct violations should be reported.

***You can always decline offers for advice and can talk with your captain or another league leader if you feel uncomfortable.***

Captains – read the page below as you may be contacted by a potential bench coach. You can always decline a bench coach’s offer. You can recruit bench coaches at any time.

Wannabe Bench Coaches – you must read and understand the page below before you offer to bench coach. If you have questions, please reach out and always work with captains on how to best assist their teams.


Scorebox subbing and scoresheets, oh my!

{this info was copied and pasted from an email Randi sent in a previous season. The info is still good, relevant, and necessary. I am not the author but I will accept your questions so Randi doesn’t have to! – amanda}

TL;DR: Check the website for your scorebox shifts and your game times BEFORE Sunday and sign up to sub where you can no matter your skill level! Links below.

Hi folks!

If you haven’t yet, take a quick look at the Teams & Schedule page on the website (make sure you’re logged in).  It’s got a list of all of the scheduled games, team practices, and challenge games for this season.  Last week’s info will be shown first (good for double-checking who won that game last week), with older stuff hidden behind a link.  I wanted to talk briefly about some things the website will be doing this year.
How To Report Absences
When you’re logged in, the website can tell what team you’re on.  It will show you a checkbox with “I am attending” beneath your team’s games.  If you’re going to miss a game, email your captain to let them know, and uncheck that checkbox.  That’ll let the website know it needs to find a sub for you.

Please do this before noon on the Sunday of your game!

How To Sub In A Game
If you want to sub for a game, you’ll tell the website this on the Teams & Schedule page. Pick which games you want to sub for and click the “I want to sub” checkbox underneath. The website will not let you sign up to sub in a game that overlaps with yours. That said, if a captain contacts you about subbing, please check/double check the game time and rink so you don’t accidentally double book!

Please do this by noon on the Sunday of the game you want to sub for!  Hockey Ops will email captains about missing players and potential subs shortly after noon, so if you’re late, you won’t be included in that email.  Captains will text/email you asking you to sub in their game.

The website will prioritize recommendations to captains.  You can read through all of the decisions it makes, but the most important one is skill level.  If your skill level is too different from the absent player, the website won’t recommend you to sub.  Everything else is just icing on the cake to make things nicer – the skill level filter is to make sure games are balanced.  You might sign up for a game… but if there aren’t any players of your skill level missing, you won’t get recommended to sub.

New folks – this means it’s OK for you to try to sub for games!!!  You will replace someone of the same skill level as you, so the games will remain fair.  🙂

How to do this has been summarized on the website, too, in case you’re ever curious in the future and don’t want to dig up this email.

If you’ve been poking around on the Teams & Schedule page, you’ll notice that you have scorebox assignments, too.  If you’ve never done the scorebox before, the scorebox documentation should help you out.

I created a utility that will help you track goalie saves on your phone, which some of you might prefer over paper.  You can get to it through the scorebox documentation linked above, or through the game off of the Teams & Schedule page (where it will be pre-populated with the appropriate teams).

Your Calendar
If you go to your team’s page, scroll down to the bottom (where upcoming games are displayed).  A link underneath will let you add all of the games to your calendar!

Your friendly hockey viking princess,
Pronouns: she/her/hers  

Schedule Change (10/27 Practices and 11/3 Games)

Hey everyone!

The league that the Caps play in has mandated that all Sunday games start at 3 PM instead of 2 PM (unless ok’d by the visiting team).  This only impacts a few of our weeks, but there may be a few schedule changes throughout the season.  We’ll update you as we learn about them.  Aside from these two, the next Sunday home Caps game isn’t until December 1st.
As of now, here’s the schedule for this week’s practices and the first week of games (the 11/3 games may change if the visiting team approves of the 2 PM time)…

Sunday 10/27 (Practices)

Rink A

6:30 PM: Orange and Green (L2)

7:40 PM: Light Blue and Yellow (L2)

8:50 PM: Red and Blue (L2)

Rink B

5:00 PM: Black and Green (L1)

6:10 PM: Red and Orange (L1)

7:20 PM: Light Blue and Yellow (L1)

8:30 PM: Blue and White (L1)

Sunday 11/3 (Games)

Rink A

6:30 PM: Orange and Yellow (L2)

7:40 PM: Red and Light Blue (L2)

8:50 PM: Green and Blue (L2)

Rink B

5:00 PM: Light Blue and Red (L1)

6:10 PM: Black and Blue (L1)

7:20 PM: Yellow and Green (L1)

8:30 PM: Orange and White (L1) Couple of reminders:

  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to make sure you’re dressed in time to get on the ice.
  • While on the ice, helmets MUST stay on at all times for safety and insurance reasons.
  • Please mark yourself absent on the website if you’re going to miss.

Thank you all for your patience as we work through these growing pains. Can’t wait to see you all on the ice!
Tim(on behalf of HOps and the Board)

MGHA Preseason Spirit Tournament Winners & 2019-2020 Official Team Rosters Revealed

Congratulations to the winners of the first MGHA Preseason Spirit Tournament!

Goalies, volunteers, bakers, and dancers took the cake.

1,000,000 points to Brick for doing the worm in full goalie gear!
25,000 points to Alyssa for playing in 3 games and earning a shutout in the final game
10,000 points to Rraine for the best cake we’ve ever seen.
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10,000 points for all the trick/trotters

5,000 points to EVERY DANCE-OFF DANCER. This was a huge highlight and I hope we can collect the videos from our facebook group and share them on the website sometime soon.

Rainbow Kate Points

  • Vern – Book Hockey: new player took the initiative to come find me!
  • Alpha – Rink Rats: found me in Rink B!
  • Pop Magic: Molly’s cartwheel high-five and Christina’s best hug of the night!
  • Purgatory’s Peacemakers: coordinated team high-five train with introductions for the new people after, I am so proud of them.

Special shout out to the organizers, captains, and track leads for making this preseason fun and festivities happen this year. LOTS of time was spent and LOTS of spirit was exhibited.

The official team rosters for the 2019-2020 season!

These will be transferred into the teams/schedule portion of the website very soon, but until then see who’s on which team below.

L1 – Green Circle

Amanda O’DonnellAZ Frederickson
Ben PalmerBrian Bischel
Bob GrabowEthan Hahn
Dexter LaneGracie Gilbert
Ian LeachJack Fait
James DanielsJoanna Fenner
Lindsay WilsonJohn Stephany
Lori PrechelLaur Rivera
Melinda FudeMatt Basler
Natalie MillerMeg Doll
Randi HagenNicole Engerman
Rraine NolanPaul Weisensel
Tori NothnagelPeyton Higgins
Zach SielaffTatiana
Allie BerenyiHunter Fultz
Amy FlansburgJane
Andy HumphreyKyle Peterson
Ann FreiwaldLeslee Spatola
Bryan ZarambaMaggie
Donna NeumannMaj Williams
Eric StankoMary Hitchcock
Greta LandisMichelle Watkins
Kortney PohlNick Raffa
Livi HarrisOlivia Cody
Quinn CrossleySarah Pisula
Rob KaletjaSuzanne
Robin FlickVic Barrett
Light BlueBlack
Alax KrajekAmanda Steimle
AlishaAngie Baker
Danielle HarrisErika Hansen
Elisabeth LexJames Barry
Halley PuckerJordan Hsu
Ingrid Starkeyk8 Walton
Jocie LuglioKaroliina Jarvi
Josh BodnarJackson Solomon
Kiki SchultzLiz Stadtmueller
McKennaMary Ann Feist
McKenzie ZeissReed Gardner
Paul WeberSean Hubbard
Tim TenderSpencer Micka
Trisha AdamusSteph Schwartzkopf
AustinAmanda Leonard
Douglas HaltinnerAsh Baldwin
Joy GanderChelsea Brodsky
Katie JayceEmma Carroll
Leah RudinJen Lawrence
Martha HansenJess Wreczycki
Micah DarlingJesse Westerman
Mitch PralleJim Voss
Monica WilsonMiriam Kunz
SmidesNat Carlston
Susan PschorrStephanie Cook
Tyler DeverneuilTina Pirius
Tyler SteffensenTru Sel
Tylor BegayVenessa Farn

L2 – Blue Square

Al SilverAndrew Kohrs
Alex StaatsAvery Cordingley
Amanda ThorntonBetsy Waller
Anton KapelaChris Rustoven
Brandon CampbellChuck McKain
Charlie SackettDavid Parter
Chris “Wally” WaltersJames Parens
Emily EngelKatrina Wolfe
Emily FeinsteinKevin Colelli
Gabby GrandinMaddy McKeown
Geoffrey GyriscoRyan Birdsall
Jacob ElaSara Colopy
Katy WerginzTony Jovenitti
Leif Backus
BlueCarolina Blue
Abby ChurchillAllyssa Long
Caleb “Clab” OakleyAmber Oberfell
Chris SwomleyAndrew “Alpha” Brausen
David HafnerBrian Fitzgerald
Jake WagnerCal Hughes
Lauren PeruccoDaniel Burkhardt
Matt BrausenIris Barrow
Matthew DorrisKatie Hurtis
Molly CostelloMark Nessel
Nick TrentadueRudy Zhao
Sarah Brick BirkholzScooter Clark-Smith
Stevie VennerSkye Zitkus
Vernon BeasleyTodd Streicher
Will Liederbach
Anna CeyalaBrett Rojec
Brandon RoundsChristina Libs
Brenda SwensonDan Schwalbach
Diane MilliganJason Northouse
Eric WitteJoe Walsh
Gene ZadzilkaJoe Znidarsich
Jeff HorvathJohannes Wallman
Jill CohanMcKenna Legried
Justin SukupMelissa Crye
Mel PaugelNicholas Bartholomew
Patrick FarabaughRachel McElhenie
Ryan ZiltnerSarah Bottjen
Sherry HollySteven “Shiny” Magnuson
Vlad Brick

Team Reveal Night Schedule

Before we start playing games, however, we need some teams and we’re going to announce the 2019-2020 MGHA teams on Sunday!

Here’s the schedule for the night (sorry for the delay but we were confirming expanded ice times)…

Rink A:
5:00 PM – Lawn Dart All Stars vs Book Hockey
6:10 PM – Pop Magic vs Penalty Killaz
7:20 PM – Open Skate
8:00 PM – Team Reveal
8:50 PM – Rainbow Sprinkles vs Purgatory Peacemakers (Championship)

Rink B:
4:30 PM – Track One Scrimmage
5:40 PM – Track Two Scrimmage
6:50 PM – The Real Rink Rats of Madison vs Die Tarantel des Torontos

Once the second tournament game is over on Rink A, we’ll open the ice up to those who want to skate around. Let’s keep this to just skating without sticks and pucks since we only have thirty minutes or so.

We’re aiming to have everyone in the stands in Rink A right around 8 PM for the big reveal. In addition to revealing teams, we’ll also have some wonderful desserts to partake in while we hang out with our new teams and watch the championship tournament game!

Please try to be there Sunday to meet your team. If you can’t be there, that’s okay. We’ll post teams on the website on Monday or Tuesday (it takes a little time to get everything plugged in).