There are a number of notable features of the league, and they all stem from the unique fact that each team is composed of 17 players ranging in age from 7 to 17.
Each team's players is divided into three lines. Line 1 is the group of youngest players, Line 2 the group that is slightly older, and Line 3 its oldest players.
Prior to the formation of the teams in mid-October, the league has a lengthly pre-season where we look to understand where each of our players is developmentally with a goal of finding the best opportunity for her to experience both accomplishment and challenge.
Once teams have been assigned, games are 45 minutes long with 15 shifts of 3 minutes each. The game begins with each team's first line facing each other. After three minutes, play is stopped and each team's second line comes on to play. After three more minutes the third lines come out for their shift. After the third line shift is done, the cycle repeats.
We play both indoor and outdoor games. The indoor season runs from September through April while our outdoor season is from December through February.
September, October, and November: Wednesday evening games at either 7pm or 8pm. During those months each team plays on alternating Wednesdays.
December, January, and February, every team plays Wednesday evening at either 7pm or 8pm. There are also Saturday morning games at 8am, 9am, and 10am and Sunday evening practice times at 6pm and 7pm.
March and April are playoffs and we're back to indoor ice only, so Wednesday evenings at 7pm and 8pm with four teams playing on any given week.
Registration for each season opens to new families in early May.
In order to guarantee returning players the opportunity to re-register, at the end of each season in late April, they receive a two-week window of opportunity where registration are only accepted from existing families. (Note also that during this time new family members may join a sibling already in the league).
Once that has taken place, newly open spots are made available to new players and families.
To register for an upcoming season, email the Convener (Gilles Dignard) at firstname.lastname@example.org with the player's full name and date of birth. You will receive back a link to a secure form where you can complete your request.
Please note that because only a few spots open each year, we often fill up the day registration opens.
The SGHL strives to provide a positive hockey experience through fun competition among eight equally matched teams.
It is understood that a lot of the players would like to be on the same teams as their friends, but that is not always possible. The important thing is to have teams that can compete on an equal basis. Our schedule ensures that all the players play and practice together throughout the season regardless of what team they are on.
Sisters are always placed on the same team, but in the absence of exceptional circumstances we do not automatically group players on a team.
That said, while there are no guarantees, occasions can arise where we can take into account these preferences when we go through the process of assembling the teams.
Please do let us know of your requests, but please understand that it often is not possible to fulfill them.