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March 6, 2014

OVER 50 TRADE UPDATES

In the first effort to redistribute talent to make a more equitable playoff

THE FOLOWING TRADES ARE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

ALL PLAYERS MUST TURN IN THEIR JERSEY’S AT THE MAIN OFICE AND WILL BE ISSUED THEIR NEW TEAM JERSEY PRIOR TO THE GAMES ON March 11, 2014.

PAUL POWERS    FROM    WILDCATS      TO    CATAMOUNTS

MIKE SANFORD  FROM    TERRIERS        TO    CATAMOUNTS

FRANK REILLY   FROM     RESERVES      TO    TERRIERS

RON MOULTAN  FROM     RESERVES      TO    WILDCATS

BOB JORDAN       FROM    RESERVES       TO    INDIANS

               (to replace the injured Kate Fallon)  starting 3/18

JERRY LEBLANC  FROM  RESEVES         TO    BLACKBEARS

        (to temporarily replace  Steve Hatch as he recovers from minor surgery)

THE RIGHTS TO INJURED KEN MUSE HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO THE BLACKBEARS IN THE SLIGHT CHANCE THAT HE RECOVERS FROM KNEE SURGERY IN A TIMELY FASHION.

THE LEAGUE WELCOMES NEW PLAYERS - CHRIS YOUNG & MIKE MCGURN TO THE CRIMSON IN THE WEST DIVISION.


"The final payment of $230.00 for the 2013-14 over 50 league is now due."

NEW YEAR’S DAY GAMES                     JAN 1, 2014

12:00 PM GAME         BROWNIES WOODWORKERS     11

                                      GALLIVAN’S DECORATORS        7

     The Decorators line of Peabody-Swansburg & Popp had Captain Gallivan’s team off to a fast start as they scored five goals to lead the woodworkers by a score of  7 – 5 after two periods. But Captain Brown challenged his checking line of Palmer –Murphy & Montecalvo to step up their game, and step it up they did as they as the line combined for eleven points against the Decorators veteran line anchored by Captain Gallivan and wings Woods & Artick. Proving that when it comes to hockey, the hands of a craftsman are a better bet than the eyes of a decorator.

1:30 PM GAME        BOUCHER’S BUTCHERS       8

                                   RYAN’S RAIDERS                  2

    The Butcher’s made quick work of Ryan’s Raiders as they got off to a                              

6 – 0 lead before the Raiders even got on the board. Obviously a little bit of a mismatch as the commissioner neglected to put a bonifide scorer on Captain Ryan’s roster. You know you’re in trouble when your best (and only) scorer, Ed Devenne spends 99% of his playing time stopping pucks instead of shooting them.

2:30 PM  GAME      DAVOLIO’S FLOATERS     8

                                  BONITO’S BRAWLERS      2

     The Brawlers looked to be the upset of the day going up 2-0 thru most of the first half of the game as Captain Davolio couldn’t get his team to figure out a breakout. Possible because the right wing was constantly somewhere over the red line working the stretch play unbeknownst to his defensemen. But eventually the cream came to the top as the power line of Capt. Davolio, Wogan & Gautreau combined for fourteen points between them as the Floaters scored eight unanswered goals

     Obviously the commissioner has to pay more attention to each team’s chemistry before posting these rosters.     HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.!!!!


New Years Day Rosters
12:00 NOON GALLIVAN'S DECORATORS  VS BROWNIES WOODWORKERS
NORTH RINK
STEVE PEABODY DAN WHYTE
MIKE SWANSBURG BOB JANGRO
RON POPP PAUL POWERS
BRIAN HURLEY MIKE LARCOM
KEN MUSE DAN MCCRAINE
NEIL SNOW GEORGE CAREY
DAN WOODS STEVE PALMER
PAT GALLIVAN GEORGE MURPHY
STEVE ARTICK PAUL MONTECALVO
FRANK REILLY CHUCK TRYDER
TOM MACIEJKO BILL RILEY
PETER O'LEARY MARK BROWN
MARK MCDONOUGH ANDY POWERS
   
GREG ROSS TOM WALSH
1:30 PM BOUCHER'S BUTCHERS VS RYAN'S RAIDERS
NORTH RINK
BILL DUGGAN ED DEVENNE
DANA SEERO DAVE O'LEARY
ED O'BRIEN JOHN RYAN
BILL PIOTROWSKI KEVIN MORAN
TOM CARROLL MARK CURLEY
BILL NUZZO ROLLIE CHERWEK
DAN BURKE RON MCCARRON
JOE BERNARD KIRK SEMON
ED BOUCHER JOHN CASTRO
ROCKEY JOYAL PETER GAUDETTE
KATE FALLON PAUL LAUBENSTEIN
2:30 PM DAVOLIO'S FLOATERS VS BONITO'S BRAWLERS
NORTH RINK
TONY DAVOLIO JOHN SPANO
DAVE GAUTREAU JIM GAUTREAU
BOB WOGAN RICH BONITO
HARRY BOUCHER STEVE KILEY
DON JOHNSON RAY SAMPSON
BOB JAFFE   TOMMY CRUSCO
JIM PATCH PAUL MUNZING
LOU MASTROMARINO BILL HERLIHEY
MARK BERGERON BOB DESROSIERS
GREG CUILLA JIM KENNEY
JIM PICARD CHRIS SPENCER

December 1, 2013

Over 50 hockey 2013-14 update:

The first third of the season is now in the books and the following trades were made early in the season to achieve the elusive goal of parity in both divisions. 

In the East Division the Turtles sent the aging Steve Artick to the Terriers straight up journeyman Mike Kapnis. Since the trade the Turtles have moved from last to the middle of the pack, while the Terriers continue to battle the upgraded Wildcats for the league lead. 

The West Division has proved more challenging. In an effort to strengthen the Tigers, rookie sensation, Joe Fusco was moved from the Huskies to the Tigers in exchange for veteran Bob Jaffe.  The loss of the high scoring Fusco did the trick for the Tigers but exposed the Huskies glaring deficiencies. The Huskies then moved Bob Gilligan to the first place Eagles for Bob Derosiers and added new comer John Feeney to shore up their defense. Russ Brickett was then loaned to the Crimson for the rehabilitating Bill Leavitt. 

The use of mercenaries always distorts the actual potential of the teams, so the commissioner will let the dust settle before continuing with the redistribution plan.

The 2nd payment of $230 is due Dec. 1.

Sign-up sheets for the annual New Year’s Day game will be available in the main office next week.


 2013-2014 season rosters

Please notify the league that you are aware of you game times by contacting Hockeytown at htusainc@aol.com or by phone at 781-233-3666 or texting Larry at 781-367-3661

The schedule can be found on the schedule page here

TERRIERS                               
BRIAN HURLEY
NEIL SNOW
GRORGE MURPHY
CHRIS RING
BOB BRADLEY
DAN CARNEVALE
TOM MAJECKO
RUSS HUDSON
JOHN DOHERTY
MIKE SANFORD
MIKE KAPNIS
ROLLIE GRAHAM
 
TURTLES
ROBERT NAZZARO
SCOTT BRAZIS
JIM LISTON
DAN WHYTE
KEVIN PIERCE
ANDY POWERS
PETER O'LEARY
VINNY NAZZARO
STEVE ARTICK
BOB SWEEZEY
JERRY CANGIANO
LLOYD TERNES
 
RIVERHAWKS
DAN HEANEY
BOB SENNOTT
JOHN PURCELL
BOBBY JANGRO
MARK BROWN
BILL YOUNKER
STEVE MOCCIA
DAVE YOSHIDA
BILL JOHNSTON
TOM HEANEY
KEVIN SHEARY
DAN AYLWARD
BLACKBEARS
DOUG WINE
TIM KIMBALL
LOUIE PUCCILLI
ROGER GEARY
MIKE LARCOM
JAY RICE
BOB BALLETTO
JOEL BROWN
JACK WOODS
RICH SCIMONE
LOU LAMARCA
STEVE HATCH
 
 
BIG RED
STEVE PEABODY
BOB GRENIER
DAN MCCRAINE
TOM GARDEN
JOHN RUSSO
JOE RUSSO
SCOTT COLBOURNE
MARK PEABODY
RANDY POPP
BILL RILEY
RON POPP
MARK NAPOLITANO
GREG ROSS
WILDCATS
GORDIE MACRAE
DAN MUSE
PAUL POWERS
JOE LAWLESS
ED FRENI
FRANK REILLY
TOM DRISCOLL
TOM MOULTAN
KIRK BRANSFIELD
DAVE O'LEARY
PETER NOONAN
 JOE BERTAGNA
 
CATAMOUNTS
MATT BRADLEY
STEVE PALMER
TONY FRONTIERO
BOB PAPPAS
MARK MCDONOUGH
KEN MUSE
GEORGE CAREY
STEVE CAMERON
RICK SILKES
RICK BRANSFIELD
KIM PHILBROOK
DAVE PHOENIX
INDIANS
GERRY VYE
TONY D'AVOLIO
PAUL BASTARACHE
TED WHEATLEY
JOHN RYAN
RUSS HAGOPIAN
JIM MONTANARO
BILL DUGGAN
BILL NUZZO
NORM BENT
JIM KENNY
KATE FALLON
 
HUSKIES
JIM GAUTREAU
DAVE GAUTREAU
PHIL MONDELLO
DAN COSTA
LOU MASTROMARINO
JOE FUSCO
DAN BURKE
LENNY GUIMOND
RUSS BRICKETT
RON MCCARON
BOB GILLIGAN
ED DEVENNE
 
CRIMSON
RAY SAMPSON
DAN POTHIER
BOB WOGAN
BILL LEAVITT
CHUCK HOLLAND
BILL PIOTROWSKI
JOHN CASTRO
PETER GAUDETTE
DAN GOODENOW
KEN CODY
JOHN DOWNING
BRIAN JANSCY
TIGERS
BOB JAFFE
RICH BONITO
GREG CUILLA
DON JOHNSON
ED O'BRIEN
JAY HART
ROLAND CHERWEK
JOHN F. O'NEIL
BILL LEFAVE
ED BOUCHER
BOB O'MEARA
PAUL LAUBENSTEIN
 
 
EAGLES
TOM CARROLL
JEFF SCUTERI
CHIP GRAY
 JOHN SPANO
TIMO SKYTTA
STEVE COTTER
PAUL MONTECALVO
JOE BERNARD
JIM GUIRY
BOB DESROSIER
JIM PATCH
??????
COPPERHEADS
PAUL FLAHERTY
PAUL CITRONI
TOM CRUSCO
DAN DESANTIS
PAUL TUSCANO
ROCKEY JOYAL
JOHN TUDOR
ARTHUR PELTON
DOUG DUNSMORE
BOB FAIA
BOB CONSTANTINE
MARC BERGERON
PANTHERS
JONATHAN LONGLEY
RICK JOYCE
DAN WOODS
TONY BORGANZO
JACK BURKHARDT
MARK ENRIQUES
BILL HERLIHY
DANA SEERO
JOE SWINIARSKI
BOB JOY
ROBIN MURRAY
BOB JORDAN

August 1, 2013

 Dear Skaters,

     Let me begin by recapping the 2012-13 season. The West Division saw a well balanced Indians team and a strong Huskies team cruise through the season at the top or near top of the league all year long only to have the Huskies win the last game of the season to take a one point lead over the Indians. However, the championship game in the playoffs was between the Copperheads and Tigers (who were at the bottom of the league after the first of the year).  The return of injured Craig Bergeron and a critical trade involving defensive minded Joe Puleo to the Tigers solidified the resurgence of the Tigers for their playoff destiny. The struggling Eagles team with only nine wins all year, pinned a tough loss on the Indians in the first round of the playoffs only to succumb to the surging Tigers by a 4-2 score, and the feisty Copperheads took down the league champion Huskies in a thrilling 2-1 double overtime game that featured more relief than jubilation as it was the third overtime of the night (commissioners dream – parity).  Congratulations to the Tigers as the overachieving Copperheads ran out of gas in the finals. 

     The East Division playoffs featured the last place Riverhawks, with only eight wins for the season, becoming the first last place team to win the championship. A late season multi team trade brought the Riverhawks back to life after losing their heart and soul (Heaney brothers) for the season.  The high powered league leading Catamounts had their hopes of repeating as champions dashed when a late season trade sent Mark Brown and John Purcell to the struggling Riverhawks to take on new roles as the youth of the team. The 2013 champions began their quest by taking out the Catamounts by a 5-2 score as the Big Red upset the heavily favored Blackbears 5-3 and the Wildcats took out the Terriers 3-1. The fifth, sixth & seventh place teams all advanced to the semifinals with the Wildcats taking on the powerful first place Turtles who enjoyed a bye  in the first round as they captured their second consecutive league championship. The semifinals proved to be just what the commissioner wanted as both games went into overtime. The high-powered offense of the Turtles was shut down by a stellar effort from the Wildcats goaltender Joe Bertagna. The Big Red had the Riverhawks well in hand after a rusty commissioner inadvertently put a puck in his own net.  But Goalie Dan Aylward made some spectacular saves down the stretch to keep the teams chances alive before being pulled for an extra skater with over a minute to play. Bob Sennott then did his Beatrice Bergeron imitation by scoring the tying goal and the over time goal to send the Riverhawks to the big dance.  The finals were highlighted by a solid performance by the Riverhawks ending the Wildcats hopes by a 3-0 score.

 The plans for the 2013-14 season are currently similar to the last couple of years. The format for the sixteenth season will ultimately be determined by the number and ability of the players who sign up. Parity is the ultimate goal and the commissioner will use all the tools available to accomplish that goal.  All current players in the league who sign up by Aug 31, 2013 be guaranteed a position and then new and former players will be added on a first come first serve basis. Opening day will be Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013.  Please list on your application which league you would like to play in as well as any personal requests and I will do my best to accommodate, keeping parity in mind. 

          The over sixty league will continue on Sunday afternoons and will begin in mid October.  The format will depend on the enrollment.  The league will be open to all skaters sixty or older and to players that are 57 or older and have never been classified as an “A” player in the over 50 league.

      Applications for all of the above are available upon request at Hockeytown’s main office. 781-233-3666. Anyone who knows of an interested skater for any of the above programs should call or e-mail htusainc@aol.com  the rink for an application. All applications can also be downloaded from Hockeytown’s website at www.hockeytownsaugus.com

 
Larry Abbott
Commissioner

Hockeytown USA
“Use it or lose it”

 Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
- Douglas MacArthur      

 “As athletes age they realize that not only does it take longer to recover from a workout but also from an injury. As a physical therapist I treat many athletes and non-athletes alike for all types of injuries. The healing potential in younger cells is much greater. However, active people heal much more effectively than inactive or unhealthy people. I have seen 60-year- old athletes heal as fast as teenagers. So, for those who are getting older and staying active, keep it up! Training throughout the life span is very beneficial. If you don’t use it you’ll lose it…even faster.”   Tom Labisch


2013-14 Over 50 league application here


                                   
 2013 Champs and Finalists
East Champs Riverhawks West Champs Tigers Riverhawks Wildcats Tigers Copperheads

Over 50 Summer season Rosters 2013
TEAL BLACK ORANGE
BERGERON CARROLL J. GUATHRO
CIULLA BRANSFIELD  D.GAUTHRO
O'BRIEN GRAY MONTANARO
MURRAY FLAHERTY DAVOLIO
BURKHARDT CITRONI  JOY
RYAN GAUDETTE NUZZO
LEAVITT SEERO O'MEARA
SPANO JAFFEE CODY
BRICKETT PIOTROWSKI MCCARRON
PUSTORINO BERNARD JOHNSON
GIRAUD ABBOTT SEMON
DESANTIS GOODENOW SKYTTA

GOALIES: ALYWARD, DEVENNE, LAUBENSTEIN

THREE TEAM SCHEDULE
ONE TEAM PLAYS BOTH GAMES EVERY THIRD WEEK
ALL GAMES ARE 46 MINUTES IN DURATION
BOTH GOALIES PLAY BOTH GAMES
AND SWITCH SIDES AT THE 23 MINUTE MARK


Summer league application here

The following trades are effective immediately  :  All players must turn in their jersey's at the office and be issued their new team jersey prior to the games on April 2, 2013.  As we go into the final round of the season, this should be the last of the trades for the 2012-13 season, parity has been difficult to gauge due to the high volume of mercenaries  &  injuries this year. Kudos to the Turtles management for their timely colapse on 3/26 to the Blackbears to avoid further trades.  Coach MacLeod was seen leaving the building shortly after the game thinking he had pulled another one over on the Commish.

 Tony Frontiero      from   Turtles           to     Catamounts 

Kim Philbrook      from   Riverhawks   to     Catamounts 

Andy Powers        from   Riverhawks   to     Turtles 

Rick Bransfield    from    Wildcats       to      Catamounts 

Mike Kapnis        from    Catamounts  to     Wildcats 

John Purcell        from     Catamounts  to    Riverhawks 

Mark Brown        from     Catamounts  to    Riverhawks 

Dave O'leary      from      Eagles          to    Wildcats 

Bob Wogan        from     Huskies        to    Panthers 

Dan Costa          from     Panthers       to    Huskies 

Lee Trentsch      from     New               to    Eagles 

Larry Abbott       from     Copperheads  to   Riverhawks 

Dave Searles     from    injured reserve  to  Copperheads 

To all those involved please confirm acknowledgement of these trades by emailing  Hockeytown at   HTUSAINC@AOL.COM

Eastern Playoff Schedule Western Playoff Schedule
Tuesday May 28, 2013   Qtr Finals Tuesday May 28, 2013   Qtr Finals
8:20pm Catamounts 2 vs Riverhawks 5 game A 7:20pm Indians 1 vs Eagles 5 game A
9:20pm Blackbears 3 vs Big Red 5 game B 9:00pm Tigers 5 vs Panthers 4 game B
10:20pm Terriers 1 vs Wildcats 3 game C 10:00 Copperheads 2 vs Crimson 0 game C
bye Turtles bye Huskies
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Tuesday June 4, 2013 Semi Finals Tuesday June 4, 2013 Semi Finals
7:20pm Turtles 1 vs Wildcats 2  OT 9:20pm Huskies 1 vs Coppperheads 2  2OT
8:20pm Big Red 2 vs Riverhawks 3  OT 9:00pm Tigers 4 vs Eagles 4
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Tuesday June 11, 2013  Finals Tuesday June 11, 2013 Finals
7:20pm  Finals
Riverhawks 3  Wildcats 0
8:20pm  Finals
Tigers 7 Copperheads 3

              

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL CUSTOMERS:

There have been reports of arenas in the area that have experienced locker room thefts. It is imperative that you are vigilant about securing your locker room doors while on the ice. There are sliding bolts on each door and if you do not have your own lock, there are locks available in the main office.

     Some south shore rinks have been experiencing car keys being stolen from locker rooms.                                                       

FOR YOUR PROTECTION --  DO NOT LEAVE YOUR KEYS, WALLETS & VALUABLES UNPROTECTED. 


Notice to all players in the Western Division: 

Ray Sampson from the Crimson has a group skating Friday nights at 8pm from May thru labor day. Interested players should contact Ray at 781-888-1761 for more info .   



East Div Champs
Catamounts
West Div Champs
Panthers
 


  • On Sunday, January 1, 2012, Butch Melanson, a long time member of over 50 league and a lifetime member of the local hockey community, passed away suddenly while playing the game he was so passionate about. Funeral services will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home at 19 Yale Street in Wakefield. Visiting hours will be Thursday, January 5, from 3 – 8pm

   



 
Don Allard, a two year veteran of the over fifty league and recent member of the 2011 league champion "CATAMOUNTS"  died suddenly last Sunday from complications of a motorcycle accident. Having played with Donnie in numerous tournaments as well as against him in the over 30 league and over 40 league in Peabody during the last twenty five plus years, I've enjoyed his competitiveness and his passion for the game as both  a teammate and an opponent. He was a person who enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He will be sorely missed in the  hockey community.

DONALD ALLARD - age 53, of Newburyport, formerly of Winchester, suddenly, June 26th. Beloved husband of Jayne F. (Canning) Allard. Loving son of Anne (MacPhee) Allard of Woburn and the late William K. Allard. Dear brother of William K., Jr. and his wife Elaine of Dennis, Ronald J. of Barrington, NH, Cynthia J. of Woburn and the late Kenneth Allard. Devoted uncle of Victoria Amico and Jenna Allard. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, June 30th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. An interment service will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald's memory to Glen Highland Farm (www.glenhighlandfarm.com ), a border collie rescue and adoption organization, 217 Pegg Road, Morris, NY 13808.
 


CHAMPION PANTHERS 2011


CHAMPION BIG RED 2011


Update on Crimson player - Robin Murray                         11/11/2010

 On Tuesday night Robin was rushed to the MGH after an incident during his game at 9:20 vs the Tigers. Robin is on his way to recovery after having a stent put in to repair a blocked artery. Quick action from his Crimson teammates, staff members John Lasala and Steve Whalen the Saugus Fire Department and EMT’s prevented a tragedy. Many thanks to all involved and wishing a speedy recovery for Robin. 

 Commish




Champion Wildcats Champion Copperheads The GM

        


2009 Champions: RIVERHAWKS



2008 PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS - TERRIERS

2008 OVER 50 HOCKEY LEAGUE – END OF SEASON REPORT

ONCE AGAIN THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS WERE UNABLE TO GET IT DONE IN THE PLAYOFFS. THE INDIANS WON THE REGULAR SEASON WITH 38 POINTS. THIRTEEN POINTS AHEAD OF THE LAST PLACE TEAMS – HUSKIES & TERRIERS. THE LEAGUE LEADING INDIANS AND THE LAST PLACE HUSKIES BOTH SCORED 107 GOALS DURING THE SEASON. THE INDIANS REMARKABLE TURN AROUND FROM 2007 CAME MOSTLY FROM THE ADDITION OF ROOKIE JOHN RUSSO, WHOSE FRESH LEGS FORCED ONE OF THEIR AGING VETERANS TO A DEFENSIVE POSITION WHERE HIS EXPERIENCE AND TIRED LEGS WERE BETER SUITED FOR A BALANCED ATTACK. EVEN AFTER A MID SEASON TRADE MADE BY THE COMMISIONER TO SLOW DOWN THE SURGING INDIANS, THE TIRELESS DAN MCCRAINE LED HIS TEAM TO THEIR FIRST LEAGUE VICTORY IN TEN YEARS. UNFORTUNATELY THE WEEK LAYOFF AND AN UNTIMELY ABSENSE BY ONE OF THEIR TOP SCORERS WAS JUST MORE THAN THEY COULD OVERCOME.

THE BOTTOM FOUR TEAMS COMPETED IN A SINGLE ELIMINATION SERIES FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ON THE FIRST PLACE INDIANS. IT WAS THE TERRIERS WHO EASILY ELIMINATED THE EAGLES AS THEY WERE WITHOUT TWO OF THEIR TOP PLAYERS. THEN THE HUSKIES SUCCUMBED TO THE TERRIERS IN THE LAST MINUTE OF A 1-1 GAME WITH THE TERRIERS HOLDING ON THRU A LATE SRCAMBLE TO EARN THE RIGHT TO PLAY THE INDIANS. THE PLAYOFF HARDENED TERRIERS THEN EARNED A DRAMATIC COME FROM BEHIND VICTORY OVER THE INDIANS TO CONTINUE THEIR CINDERELLA STORY IN QUEST OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

SIX TEAMS COMPETED IN A TWO GAME SERIES TO MOVE TO THE SEMIFINALS. THE TURTLES WON THEIR SECOND GAME IN A DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE WITH THE BIG RED TO ADVANCE TO A SCORELESS OVERTIME WHICH LED TO THE ONLY SHOOT-OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS. STRONG GOALTENDING SENT BOTH TEAMS DEEP INTO THEIR ROSTERS HOPING FOR A SCORER. CHRIS MITCHELL WHOSE VAST PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE BECAME THE UNLIKELY HERO AS HE SCORED ON THE BIG RED’S FIFTH TRY.
THE TIGERS FOLLOWED A DECISIVE VICTORY IN THEIR FIRST GAME AGAINST THE WILDCATS WITH A 7-5 LOSS IN THE SECOND GAME. IN THE OVERTIME JUST SECONDS AWAY FROM A SHOOTOUT, A DEFENSIVE LAPSE BY THE TIGERS ENABLED THE WILDCATS THE OPPORTUNITY THEY NEEDED AS JOE LAWLESS SENT HIS TEAM TO THE SEMIS. UNFORTUNATLY FOR THE WILDCATS THEY FACED OFF AGAINST THE RED HOT TERRIERS WHO SEEMED TO BE ON A MISSION. A FOUR POINT GAME BY BRIAN HURLEY ERASED ANY HOPES G.M. O’LEARY HAD OF GOING TO THE BIG DANCE.
THE ALWAYS CONTENDING BIG RED SQUEEKED OUT A WIN OVER THE BLACKBEARS ON THEIR ROAD TO THE FINALS. THE COMMISH HAD A GOOD SEAT FOR THIS ONE (1500 MILES AWAY) AND MIGHT HAVE SOME MENDING TO DO NEXT YEAR.

THEN WE GET TO THE FINALS. THE WILDCATS MIGHT REMEMBER LATE IN THE SEASON HAVING A 7-2 LEAD AFTER TWO PERIODS OVER THE BLACKBEARS WHEN RICHIE HART (LESS THAN SIX MONTHS AWAY FROM TWO MAJOR SURGERIES) PUT TOGETHER A LEAGUE HIGHLIGHT FILM BY LEADING HIS TEAM TO A 9-9 COME FROM BEHIND TIE. THAT GAME LEFT THE WILDCATS WITH THE MOST DISAPOINTED LOCKER ROOM OF THE SEASON, UNTIL…..NOW.

THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME LOOKED AND FELT LIKE A LOCK AFTER JOHN CROCKER TOOK A BILL LAFAVE PASS AT THE TERRIERS BLUE LINE WITH SEVEN MINUTES LEFT IN THE THIRD PERIOD AND QUICKLY CHANGED THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE BUILDING. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS CAPTAIN POWERS AND THE BIG RED LEADING 2-1 WERE GOING TO DRINK FROM THE CUP. NO ONE COULD BLAME THE TERRIERS FOR LOSING THE BIG ONE, A LAST PLACE TEAM UP AGAINST THE TOP GOALTENDING IN THE LEAGUE. THE TERRIERS PULLED THEIR GOALIE AFTER A BIG RED ICING CALL WITH 1:25 LEFT, THEN WITH 70 SECONDS TO GO THE CINDERELLA TEAM DID THE IMPOSSIBLE. TOM DRISCOLL GAVE THE TERRIERS A NEW LIFE TYING THE GAME AT 2-2 AND WHAT LOOKED TO BE A LONG NIGHT FOR BOTH TEAMS. THEN WITH THREE SECONDS LEFT, A STUNNED ARENA WATCHED A TIPPED SHOT OFF THE STICK OF GREG RHEAUME ROLL END OVER END UP IN THE AIR WITH THE VELOCITY OF A TIM WAKEFIELD KNUCKLEBALL. IT WAS OVER. TERRIERS 3 - BIG RED 2. DISAPPOINTMENT & ELATION AT THE SAME TIME, IT’S WHY WE PLAY THESE GAMES.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TERRIERS FOR A FINE PERFORMANCE AND CONDOLENCES TO THE BIG RED AND THE OTHER NINE TEAMS.


INDIANS - 2008 LEAGUE CHAMPS


2007 Champion Riverhawks


2007 League Champion Turtles

Champion - Riverhawks Runners Up - Big Red Action in the Finals
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2006 Over 50 League Champions
Click to enlarge the pictures.

Champion - Turtles Regular Season Champs - Terriers

2005 Over 50 League Champions
Click to enlarge the pictures.


Champion - Wildcats


Runners up - Big Red


Champs and da trophy


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