Posted December 01 2011 by Blue Convenor
We have completed 15 games and while the teams are close, the captains agreed that some changes were necessary in order to keep the league competitive, fun and fair for all its members. As a result, eight players were moved within the division with all teams participating in the early season shuffle of talent. We want to wish the players that moved good luck with their new teams and hope that everyone will enjoy the balance of the season.
Following up on our injury updates, both Cliff Watling and Greg Douglas are back full time with their respective teams. Larry Code is still recovering from his upper body injury and Sid Riewald has missed the past few games due to a medical condition. We want to wish both players a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing them back on the ice soon.
Special thanks to all the captains and players for their efforts in selling the Ham & Turkey tickets. We understand that the event was a success and the proceeds will go towards the Carpenter Hospice.
The next major fund raiser will be the Invitational tournament. This fund raiser not only promotes Burlington Old-timers and the City of Burlington, it also helps to reduce our membership fees. With this in mind the League is offering a free pub night to the team that sells the most tickets in their Division or if all six teams sell 10 books of tickets then the whole division will get a free pub night catered by the Executives. Last year the Red team received a free pub night. This year let’s see if we can make it happen for everyone in the Division. More details to follow as we get closer to the event.
With regards to the scoring leaders, Robert Bradbury and Mark Sauer are tied for first overall, with Geoff Mann and Nick Mattiacci (all from the Red Team) close behind. Total goals for and goals against are close for all of the teams and while there has been some separation in the standings, we are confident that the latest round of trades will address this issue.
Overall penalties are not an issue, however we still need to remind certain players that it is dangerous to slide to block a shot, two things can happen you could get hurt and or you may accidental injury someone by siding into them and knocking them to the ice. We have asked the referees to watch for this type of play and to call a major penalty when warranted. No one wants to punish anyone, but we have to protect the majority of our players from the actions of a few.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please bring them to the attention of your captains. Thanks
Blue Division Convener