Category: Announcements

Thanksgiving Weekend Challenge Games 2018

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 24th. Please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely.  We’ll have two intermediate games (one for lower intermediate players and one for higher intermediate players), 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 – Low Intermediate Game
6:30 PM – Beginner Game
7:45 PM – Advanced Game
9:00 PM – High Intermediate Game

See you on the ice!
-HOps (Tim, Brian, k8, Mark, Ashleigh, Sara, John)

November 25, 2018 Challenge Games

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MGHA Social Event – Thanksgiving Potluck and Challenge Games on Sunday, November 25th

We’re approaching that time of year – the holigays!! – I mean holidays 🎉🎀🏒. Which means it’s time for our annual MGHA Thanksgiving celebration!
What – MGHA’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration = Potluck & Challenge Games
When – Sunday, November 25th
Challenge Games – 5:15 Low Intermediate, 6:30 Beginner, 7:45 Advanced, 9p High Intermediate. (signups will be made available later)
Eats – No social sponsor tonight, it’s a good old midwestern potluck style event.
Goal – MGHA Thanksgiving is about encourage folks get to know each other at Hartmeyer while watching and playing the graytest game there ever was.
What do you want me to do?
1. RSVP to the Facebook event or put it in your calendar… it’s already on our MGHA website calendar so you can add it to your own using the image.png button.
2. Sign up to bring food/drink to share if you can (not required by any means)
3. Invite your friends, family, community, recruits for next year, etc. – this is a casual community event!
– MGHA Social Squad – 
Note: if you have an idea for a social event or program, let one of us know and we’ll do our best to help you make it happen!

First week of games are in the books!

Our first games are in the books! I hope everyone had a great time on Sunday! Thank you to everyone who pitched in and helped make our first week a success especially the captains and HOps for helping the evening run smoothly.
If you’d like to see current standings and stats they are/are linked here If you visit this page logged in, you can also mark yourself absent or willing to sub for all the upcoming games as well as see your “My Scorebox Shift” listed for when you are in the scorebox.
A few items of business:
1. League fees are due as soon as possible. If you’ve already paid or made arrangements, thank you! If you need to make payment arrangements or need assistance, you can fill out the form here or email Zach Nelson-Houstin at
2. While you’re on the site, please make sure your contact info is correct so captains can email/text you to sub, and please add a pic of yourself to help us learn names!
3. If you have a problem with your jersey (other than size), please let me know so I can get that feedback to the printer and potentially get it straightened out for you. If you didn’t get a league tshirt yet, let me know what size and I can bring it to you this week!
4. Kelli Martino will be picking up skates for drop off sharpening this week before 8:30pm, see the pic below of the bin. Please follow the guidelines laid out the previous email for that service. Contact with any questions.
5. Please visit our social sponsors when you can: Bear and Bottle, Dexter’s, and Glass Nickel!
Quick reminders:
Please clean up after yourselves after your games and in the stands and get trash to the bins. We have a really good reputation with the rink and we’d like to keep it!
As always, we encourage the MGHA Way on and off the ice: safe, supportive, and fun!
Thank you all,
on behalf of the MGHA Board (Tim, Andi, Maggie, Eric, Zach, and me)
The skate sharpening drop off bin:
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2018 Team Reveal and Challenge Games

Hey everybody!

Thanks so much for all of the hard work during the evaluations the last couple of weeks.  We really appreciate it!

A quick note about the evaluation scrimmages from Sunday night.  We strive to always play the MGHA way (passing a lot, friendly play, etc) but evaluation scrimmages are a little different because we need to see where you fall in the spectrum for the sake of even team creation.  I apologize if this message was lost last night.  If you’re new to the league, please know that games throughout the season have a different pace and different feel.  As a developmental league, we strive to make sure everyone feels included and nobody feels overwhelmed.  We look forward to starting the season with all of you.

That said, 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 14th:

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

Team reveal is one of the best events of the season because it is where you learn what team you’re on and you have the opportunity to bond a little bit, learning names/pronouns and starting to think of team names.  It’s a fun night and I encourage everyone to show up for team reveal by 7:30 PM.

This is also our first challenge game night of the season.  As far as challenge games go, here are a few bits of information…

Please only sign up for one game (until 12 noon on Saturday, October 13th).  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.  I’ll put a link at the bottom of this email.

Unlike season games, challenge games are sorted based on skill level. Players choose at what level of play they can safely and most happily play.  Self-selection is a privilege and must be considered carefully.  It’s okay to play down a level, 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, please be aware 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.

Particularly since this is the first scrimmage and in the interest of safety, Hockey Operations reserves the right to 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.

As with last season, we’ll switch up the schedule for who has the early, middle, and late games for other challenge nights throughout the season.  Also, due to the limited ice time on Sunday, we’ll only have one intermediate slot.  That means you’ll need to sign up quickly.  If you sign up and cannot make it, please remove your name from the slot.  We’ll typically have two slots… one for lower and one for upper intermediate.

Here’s the link for the challenge game signup.  This link will not be valid until 8 PM on Tuesday, October 9.  Be sure to sign in!  

See you on the ice!

-HOps (Tim, Mark, Sara, Brian, John, Ashleigh, k8)

Challenge Games - October 14, 2018

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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
  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)
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

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
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 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
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

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!