Hello parents and players and welcome to the 2017 – 2018 House League season. We are all excited to start another great year of Sharks hockey. My name is Ariel Enhaynes and I will be serving as the VP of House League. Before taking on this role I was a coach in the Atom division last season. Prior to that, I coached in both House League and Rep in the Durham association as well as leading player development and organizing House League for six seasons.
We are sending out this newsletter to bring you all some exciting news and information regarding the upcoming season.
Pre-season skate: Novice – Peewee
We have secured ice for a pre-season on the evening of Tuesday, October 3 at MacGregor Park Arena. This differs from previous seasons. We will be using this evening as an opportunity to observe and better organize our three younger divisions into teams. Specifics times will be sent out but in general we will have novices skate in two separate groups using the first two hours and the atoms will use up the third and Peewee forth hours respectively. We feel this is not necessary for our older divisions, Bantam and Open, as by that age the players have stabilized in terms of skill and there is very little change from year to year.
Coaches are required to attend our preseason coaches meeting on Wednesday, October 4 also at Commander Arena for an orientation. Novice coaches will be at 7pm, Atom at 7:30 pm, Peewee at 8pm, Bantam at 8:30pm and Open Division at 9pm. This will be in the Sharks office upstairs and since we have a small space we have to stagger the meetings and keep them to half hour. You will all receive your team lists and player and parent contact information as well as your team goalie equipment.
Coaches still welcome!!
We have many great volunteers filling out our coaching ranks for the coming season however we are still looking for a few coaches. Specifically we are looking for some enthusiastic individuals for the Bantam division as we as the Atom division. Please contact us if you feel you are able to help us make an impact with some great kids. Volunteerism is the heart and soul of hockey in this country and we would not be the greatest hockey nation on earth without it
League play will commence on Tuesday, October 10. Novices play at either 6:00 or 6:15. Atoms at either 7:00 or 7:15. Peewees at either8:00 or 8:15. Bantams at either 9:00 or 9:15. All games will be played at MacGregor Park Arena. Open Division will commence on Sunday, October 15th.
The Sharks are having a party! Saturday, November 4 at the West Rouge Community Centre . We have tickets set aside for you! More details will follow in the coming weeks but mark the date on your calendar. There will be food, drinks, music, a silent auction and lots of great company with your fellow coaches and parents.
I look forward to meeting you all at some point this season and I can’t wait for another great season of sharks hockey to get going!