The parking lot and street games are long gone, but the passion and desire to play competitive hockey resides in our hearts and minds.., now it's just played through aging, sore, and over-weight bodies.
"In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years."
New Season start date
The new season of the Over-30 League, celebrating our 26th year of operations, taking place up at Hockeytown USA in Saugus, will begin on:
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Team captains for the 2017-18 seasons will be Matty Iannello, Dominic Defrancisco, Dan Broderick, John Kelleher and Jim Barber
July league updates
With just over 2 months to go in the off season before the Over-30 League starts up again, a reminder to get off that couch, put down that beer, lose some weight and get back into playing shape.
The Over-30 league draft for 2017-18 is in the final stages of being completed. The mantra for this year as it has been in years past is "new beginnings" and moving players around to play with others they have never played with before. The draft should be in place by mid-July and the new shirts order will be placed at that time.
For those of you who will need some reading material over the summer, please see the following rule clarifications that will be enforced during the season:
Delay of Game penalty (aka the Mike Surette rule) -
A Delay of Game penalty shall be called on any player who (on his own) shoots the ball FROM ANYWHERE IN THEIR OWN DEFENSIVE ZONE INTO THE PERIMETER NETTING ANYWHEREsurrounding the rink, causing a stoppage in play. No warning shall be given to the offending player and that player shall be given a 1-minute minor penalty for Delay of Game.
The only exception to this rule for a non-goalie player that WILL NOTresult in a Delay of Game penalty is if any player shoots the ball directly into the penalty box area or onto the player bench area, the ball is deflected into the netting, the ball banks up off the surrounding plywood or plexiglass and goes into the perimeter netting, or the ball is shot from a faceoff into the perimeter netting. For these infractions, a face off will take place at the nearest faceoff.
If the player is a goalie who shoots the ball into the PENALY BOX area or onto the player BENCH AREA, in the discretion of the referee, if this is done intentionally, the offending goalie will be issued a warning on their first offense, then assessed a 1-minute minor penalty for Delay of Game for any further subsequent offenses. Any Delay of Game penalty by the goalie must be served by one of the players on the dek at the time of the offense.
(New rule) - Face offs after penalties -
If a player takes a penalty ANYWHERE on the rink, the resulting faceoff will take place deep in the defensive zone in the faceoff circle closest to their own goalie. Example: if a player takes a penalty in the offensive zone behind the other team's net, the resulting faceoff will take place back in their defensive zone in the faceoff circle closest to their goalie.
Resulting faceoff locations on stoppages in play -
On any stoppage in play resulting in a faceoff, if the play occurs in the area from the white icing line to the back of the rink, the resulting faceoff will take place in the faceoff circles deep in the zone nearest the goalies. If the play occurs in the area between the center blue line and white icing line, the resulting faceoff will take place at the faceoff dot between said blue and white lines.
Banging the stick against the boards, plexiglass, plywood, net or throwing the stick (anywhere on the rink) -
Any player who deliberately bangs his stick out of frustration or anger against the boards, plexiglass, plywood, net or throws the stick (anywhere on the rink) will be automatically given a 5 minute misconduct penaltyby the referees/game officials. Teams will still play 5-on-5. All players are reminded to control their sticks at all time.
Questioning calls by non-Captains or Assitant team captains -
Any player who IS NOTa designated team Captain or Assitant captain ARE NOTallowed to question the referees (or have a discussion) on any calls (or non-calls) or penalties (or non-penalties) made or not made. If said players try to engage in a discussion with the referees/game officials, they can be subject to the referee's discretion and be given a 1-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of 5-minute misconduct penalty. Only designated team Captains or Assistant captains can question the referees/game officials calls or non-calls.
The referee's have a mandate to enforce - keep the games moving along. Let's all do our part to make sure the games keep moving along and are not delayed any further.
Rookie Tradition or rookie hazing?
Throughout its 25 years, the Over-30 League's rookies (and some long suffering veterans as well), after winning their first Over-30 league championship, have been requested to carry on a league rookie tradition and take the championship trophy to bed with them that same night. All rookies say they will, yet, none have shown us any proof so far..................until now!
Thank you to the Over-30 League's oldest ever rookie Bob Snyder(and Mrs Snyder) for the following and proving that we may be older and slower and our better playing days are past us, but, we are all still just kids at heart who love playing this game..........
Sometimes it takes an old man to show them youngsters how to do the right thing!