The new adult hockey league session is upon us. The 14 adult hockey league captains spent a total of 7 hours in the draft room last week over a two day period and the result is 14 evenly matched teams. A total of 174 players signed up to play and all are on teams.
In ‘A’ league, defending champ Lou Buria came back as a captain to defend his title. He was joined in the draft room by first time captains Nate Powell, Heath Root and Bobby Purvis. This was our 14th ‘A’ draft since the inception of league and for the first time we didn’t see Murray Craven or Leif Haugen selected as the number 1 overall draft pick. Both Murray and Leif are nursing injuries or have other obligations. You’ll be missed fellas!
‘B’ league expanded from 4 to 5 teams this session. Henry Roberts returned as captain of the ‘B’ league champion Space Invaders and managed to draft 4 players from his winning fall team. Dale Crosby and Kasey Steele were captains for the first time but were not intimidated by the charts, graphs, stats and projections that Henry had at his disposal. Ray Brown and Gerry Friesen completed the ‘B’ league draft night.
The ‘C’ league draft is often the most confusing because of all the new names joining our hockey fraternity. However, Dean Nyberb, Sarah Lundstrum, Matt Daniels, Ross Pickert, and Martha Rendahl did a great job of evenly distributing the wealth of hockey talent in ‘C’ league.
The teams and schedules are posted here on the website. I will be updating the stats and standings every week.
The league substitution policy is as follows: Any ‘A’ league captain may call up any ‘B’ player for his team. He can not call up the same player on successive weeks. ’B’ captain may only call up a player from their ‘C’ league affiliate. The Space Invaders get the Pounders . The Mad Hatters get the Red Wings. Serranos get the Profits. The Yetis minor league team is the Paddlers. And finally, the Steel Panthers must take players from the Howlers. ‘C’ league captains can only use a player from the ‘C’ league team that has a bye.
As always, there were 4 or 5 knuckleheads who called me the day after the draft who forgot to write their name on the sign-up list. The list was posted for 49 days! What the heck!! I promise to get you all onto teams, if not by the first week for sure by the second week but you must suffer public humiliation. Knuckleheads are: Kevin Barrows (A), Scott Jones (B), Brian Murchie (C), and Bill Cubbage (C).
Good luck to all.