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President's Update - November 8th, 2013

First of all an apology to all of our fans and especially to the Strasbourg Maroons….We have had to reschedule Friday’s game between the Maroons and the Marlins. We tried starting the season a week earlier this year and unfortunately the Marlins are not quite ready to play. This situation is my fault and I assure everyone that we will be set to go next week.

The good news is we will have one game this weekend. The season begins with the Wynyard Monarchs in Bethune on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.

The Monarchs had an exceptional year last year making it to the League Final and the Provincial Final only to lose to the Cupar Canucks. The Monarchs finished 15-4-1 in 2012-13. They scored the second most goals and had the second best goals against average and yes it was the Cupar Canucks that also led those categories. They received the third highest penalty minutes in league.  There are a few changes to the team this year. Gone are Derek Halldorson, Mike Kesserling, Aaron Lindal, Devin Bowey and Chris Anderson. New to the team are Dillon Stubbs and Andrew Bzdel from the minor system along with Dylan Shewchuk and Davis Shewchuk.  From Foam Lake, Katlin Blight, Justin Zadorozniak and Kyle Jones join the Monarchs. All Star Chad Mazurak and All Star and league scoring leader Brett Leffler are back for another year.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in our league with an 11-6-3 record last year.  The Bulldogs won three rounds of Provincials in Provincial ‘D’ before losing in the semi-finals to the Avonlea Arrows. In league playoffs the Bulldogs won their first round against Raymore before losing to Wynyard in the semi-finals. That semi-final went five games and the Bulldogs won two games in Wynyard only to lose in overtime in the fifth and deciding game in Wynyard.

Pocket schedules will be available next week at your local rink.

President's Update

 2013-2014 Schedule now posted. Pocket Schedules will be available November 12th

 

The Highway Hockey League will begin play on Friday, November 8th with the Strasbourg Maroons in Southey at 8 p.m. Also on the first weekend the Wynyard Monarchs will visit Bethune to play the Bulldogs on Saturday, November 9th at 8 p.m.

 

Our teams will once again be playing a 20 game schedule. All teams will make playoffs however this year we will play the first round as a best of three series. Semi-Finals and the Final will be best of five.

 

The final schedule will be up on our site this week. I will send out a tweet when that happens. Pocket Schedules will be available in early November.

 

An update on what to expect from our eight member teams will be found here on President’s Update prior to the start of the season.

Thank you to Gord MacMurchy for serving as our Commissioner. Gord is stepping down and Jay Holmes has been elected by the membership as our new Commissioner. Jay is the former GM and Coach of the Semans Wheat Kings. As per the HHL Constitution, the Commissioner's position is responsible for hearing and ruling on any appeals brought forth from any of the member teams on any rulings made by the League executive. The Commissioner also acts as an advisor to the executive when required. Thank you to Jay for accepting this position.

 

Highway Hockey League Fall Meeting

The Highway Hockey League Fall meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 9th at the Southey rink at 7:45.

 

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