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."
A Championship Bowl full of "Mixed Nuts" are served during the Finals Party for the Over-30 League
Congratulations Mixed Nuts players. Front left to right: Sean Roach, Dave Parquette, Jamie Kehoe and Ron Aquino. Back row left to right: Dan Hill, Mark Stickney, Mauro Colucciello, captain Matty Iannello, Dave Costa, Tim Hickey and Tony Bono.
You could even hear the concession vendors at the Finals yelling “Get your Peanuts.., Popcorn and Mixed Nuts here.” Come to play right from the start! Bury your scoring chances early to suck the life out of the opposition! Control the play with a balanced scoring attack, led by your defense! Do all of this with the league’s leading scorer not having to be the impact player! Storm through the playoffs as an unbeatable juggernaut! All of the above summarized how Mixed Nuts completely dominated the Finals (and playoffs) with a 7 – 1 blowout. This was not the worst rout in Over-30 league history but right up there as this game was over in the first period with Mixed Nuts scoring on their first 3 shots in the first four minutes which Gang Green never recovering.
Perhaps what should be pointed out in all this euphoria was how Mixed Nuts struggled in their first five games of the spring season as they lost 4 players from their roster and had their roster rebuilt mid-season, played the start of the season with only 2 defensemen, was underperforming with a 2 – 3 record, had a rookie player come in later to outperform all expectations and make an immediate impact on this team, and finish the season on a 7-game winning streak.
The first period defined this game as Mixed Nuts made the most of their scoring chances, jumping out to a commanding four goal lead that Gang Green never recovered from. No one saw this coming as everyone expected the speed of Gang Green would disrupt the ball control offense of Mixed Nuts. Just a minute into the first period, Dave Costa was set up at the right point by the passing of Mauro Colucciello and Dave Parquette for the game’s first goal. Forty-five seconds later, Dave Parquette beat the goalie top corner as he was set up by Jamie Kehoe. This was not the start that Gang Green was expecting. However, a minute later, Gang Green got a much needed break going on the power play. The momentum ended before it could start as Dave Costa jumped in from the point on a heads up play with his team in control deep in the zone and roofed his shot top corner from the slot as he was set up by Dave Parquette and Matty Iannello halfway into the penalty kill. To say at this point that Gang Green looked stunned was an understatement. Four shots taken by Mixed Nuts, three goals scored all up high! Just over a minute later, Mauro converted a pass from Mark Stickney on the power play keeping the flood gates opened and the rout was on. Needing something, anything to halt this momentum and get back into this game, Gang Green finally got on the board as Ray Nickerson converted a pass from John Carey on the left wing beating the goalie with three minutes to play in the period. At the end of the first period, Mixed Nuts held a 14 – 10 edge in shots and more importantly a commanding 4 – 1 lead on the scoreboard.
Entering the second period, Gang Green needed to play desperate hockey, take chances to get back into this game. However, any thoughts of a comeback were quickly stopped by Mixed Nuts as Jamie Kehoe was set up on the point only thirty-five seconds in by Dave Parquette and Dave Costa. Three minutes later saw Dave Paquette (whose draft stock just went up for the Over-30 league) scored a sweet goal after being set up by Jamie and Tony Bono. The rout was on! There would be no comeback. Any scoring opportunities generated by Gang Green were always kept to the perimeter or one and done thanks to the defense of Mixed Nuts. All season long, the defense (Dave Costa and Jamie Kehoe) were the foundation of this team that controlled most games. At the end of the second period, Mixed Nuts was clearly in charge with a 6 – 1 lead and had a 24 to 18 edge in shots.
With running time in effect, the third period went by quickly. Gang Green thought they had scored about four minutes into the period, however, both referees consulted and it was ruled that no goal was scored on a bang bang play out front. The way this game was being played out, it would not have mattered as Mixed Nuts was locked in and totally controlling this game. With four minutes to play, Dave Costa made a breakout pass to Tim Hickey who found Ron Aquino down the right wing. The “Flyin Hawaiian” buried his shot beating the goalie in close up high.
All that was left was for the clock to wind down and watch Mauro Colucciello breathe a sigh of relief that his 13 year wait for another championship not only was over but at the expense of his brother Cooch. The final score favored Mixed Nuts in a big way, in a dominating rout by the score of 7 – 1, holding a 32 – 31 edge in shots.
On their way to the Finals, Mixed Nuts jumped out to a three goal lead and efficiently took control of their game in the third period against the Rhinos, winning by the score of 5 – 2. Jamie Kehoe was the impact player, scoring 2-goals to break open a one goal game, factoring into two of the first three goals scored by his team. Matty Iannello was his usual playmaker self with
1-goal and 2-assists, while Mauro Colucciello also scored 1-goal and added 2-assists.
For Gang Green, their road to the Finals was a lot tougher as the only goal scored was by Brian Kehoe unassisted with less than three minutes to play on perhaps the highlight goal of the year (considering the moment). Brian came down the right wing, pulled the ball through the first defenseman's feet, cut across the middle, pulled the ball through that defenseman's feet to move in front of the net then calmly roofed his shot under the crossbar with a sniper's shot that drew cheers and a standing ovation from the fans watching on the sidelines.
For his overall impact on both his playoff games, playing solid shutdown defense, quarterbacking the defense and scoring timely goals throughout the entire playoffs, Dave Costa was a unanimous choice for Playoff MVP.
Congratulations to Mauro Colucciello for winning another championship jacket after a 13-year wait. Ironic isn’t it that the first year he was separated from his brother Cooch, he wins that jacket! Nice season overall Mauro, winning the championship as well as beating that Pink Stick bag Challenge.
Congratulations to goalie Sean Roach, Ron Aquino, and rookies Dan Hill and Dave Parquette on winning their first-ever championship jackets.
Congratulations Tony Bono on moving into 2nd place overall with your 13th championship jacket.
Congratulations to Mixed Nuts for their Spring 2019 championship, whose players include: Captain Matty Iannello, Mark Stickney, Mauro Colucciello, Tim Hickey, Ron Aquino, Dave Parquette, Dave Costa, Kamie Kehoe, Tony Bono, Dan Hill and goalie Sean Roach.
The Greatest Nut of them all Mixed Nuts (Captain) Matty Iannello hoisting his 9th Championship
Playoff MVP Dave Costa starting 2019 like he finished 2018... "Winning"
Congratulations Spring 2019 season individual award winners
Leading Scorer - Matty Iannello
Congratulations Matty I on your 17th career leading scorer award
Richie Chambers memorial Best Goalie award - Scott Rosato
Season Most Valuable Player - Dominic Defrancisco
Congratulations Dominic you have proven to all that you are "binky free" by winning this award
Mike Hollingsworth Most Valuable Defensemen - Jamie Kehoe and Dave Costa
Congratulations Dave Costa and Jamie Kehoe
Bill Mayne memorial 7th player winner - Steve Medeiros
Congratulations Steve on a breakout season
Over-30 Achievement winner
Congratulations Cooch, this takes a little bit of that sting out of failing that pink stick bag/shirt challenge
Playoff Most valuable Player - Dave Costa
Congratulations Dave Costa on an outstanding playoff performance
Breaking News - New Over-30 Stats Released
The Webmaster is taking on a behemoth of a project called “All-Time Career Stats” as part of the “Fresh New Idea’s Committee” effort to simplify and expedite the “All-Time Career Stats” in a timely manner.
In doing so.., 27-Years, 53-Seasons, 426-Players and 22,578-Lines of Data from 2-Excel Files all compiled down to 3475-Lines of Data that has become the new “Historical All-Time Stat’s” single file.
This effort will continue to yield real time active data.., give the league and players various ways to view the data.., and provide statistical and historical facts (ie: New Player Rankings, Individual Player Cards Stats, Team Statistical Data along with some other fun projects slated for the future)
Today we added some new tabs to the Over-30 website. The webmaster has added a new “All-Time Power Rankings” tab that will replace the previous “All-Time Stats” page. We also added the “Individual Team Stats” pages are a subfolder under the current “Players & Team Stats” page.
The new team pages is where you will find your new individual players cards.
This is part of the initial rollout… and we will continue to improve upon the formatting, fix potential errors and expand on the historical data with other fun ways to view and celebrate the league’s 27-year history.
The new annual Player Spotlight has now been published on the website. Simply click on the Player Spotlight webpage to view this year's winner. So, who is the lucky player? If you guessed someone of Portuguese heritage you are correct.
If you guess the name before viewing the webpage, you win a loaf of Portguese sweet bread!
Over-30 Spring Rosters Frozen
Effective immediately going forward, all Over-30 Spring 2019 team playing rosters are now frozen. Teams will play the remainder of the regular season and playoffs with their existing rosters and no substitutions or additions will be allowed.
Spring 2019 Scoring/GAA Challenge winner - Ray Dow
Congratulations Ray (its about damn time you won a raffle drawing)
Over-30 Annual Spring Scoring/GAA Challenge
The New Year brings a league wide scoring challenge and here's how the challenge/contest works;
During the Spring Season only.., your New Years Resolution (and challenge) is to beat your previous Winter Season points total and for the goalies they must beat their previous season GAA.
Players must play a minimum of 6-games in the previous winter season to qualify
Must beat your previous points total by "1-point"
Goalies must be "under" their previous GAA total
Ties do not qualify - you must beat the previous winter season
All players that beat their previous season total will qualify to be entered into random drawing for a $75 Gift Card for Amazon
New for 2019: Thank you to John Kelleher; CEO of Vulcan Industries as this year he has sweetened the pot by adding a FREE Vulcan Stick to the prize package.
The random drawing will take place between the first 2-games of the semi-finals playoff game of the Spring Season on Saturday, April 20.
And the Spring Scoring Challenge raffle qualifiers are:
New league policy for team's playing short-handed
Effective immediately, if any team only has 1 substitute player on their bench, that team will be given a player so that there are at least two substitutes on that team's bench. The substitute player will be chosen at the discretion of the league Director. Any objections by the team captain or players will be overruled.
As a reminder to all players, if you know you are going to miss your game, please inform your captain and the Director so that contingency plans can be made when there are multiple players missing.
If additional players are to be added to a team's playing roster so that a team has sufficient players available on their bench, this will be at the discretion of the Director.
The Scarlet Letter - P
On behalf of the Over-30 league, the league office has noticed that Cooch has not complied with the condition set forth in losing that Pink Stick Bag Challenge to wear that pink shirt during warm-ups. This has now been corrected as the league has threatened Cooch to comply or face not being allowed to play in any of his games. Enjoy wearing this shirt Cooch for the rest of the season, the playoffs AND all of next season until another player fails this challenge to take your place........................we are praying to the Hockey Gods to help extend Cooch's obligation for the next 4 seasons!
You will wear this shirt during warm-ups the rest of this season, during the playoffs and ALL of next season as mandated by the league office!
the walk of shame!
Pink Stick Bag Challenger - Mauro Colucciello
Am I my brother's keeper? Hell no!!!!
Congratulations Mauro on that gift certificate for passing the Pink Stick Bag Challenge and NOT taking your brother to dinner.
The 14th challenger for the seasonal pink stick bag challenge was Mauro Colucciello.
Mauro saved the good family Colucciello name after his brother John failed miserably, in scoring 6-goalsduring the season in beating this challenge.
Mauro not only passed this challenge by scoring 6-goals, but he tied previous challenger Dan Broderick in record setting fashion, needing only 6-games to accomplish this!
In passing the challenge, Mauro has won a $50 gift card, along with a "passed" patch to wear on his shirt in September, and join the exclusive brotherhood of Dan Broderick, Scott Young, Tony Bono, Angelo Deluca and Nick Romano who have all passed this challege.
Over-30 League Announcements
The Over-30 league has now set up an official league e-mail address and going forward you will be receiving league correspondence from this new e-mail address. Any e-mails sent to the current misterman05@hotmail address will still be received. Please note that the primary form of communication by the Over-30 league will be via e-mail (sorry Ray Nickerson). The new email address will be:
This is a reminder that the league has a “Zero Tolerance Policy” in effect. When you participate in the league you acknowledge that it’s your responsibility to be respectful of all players, referees, scorekeepers, administrative support individuals and the facilities.
You are responsible for your actions, stick, and emotions at all times. The following are (some) examples of actions that will not be tolerated (along with minimum possible suspensions) and will lead to disciplinary action up to and including suspension along with possible expulsion from the league:
Verbal abuse of referees, players, scorekeepers and league administrators (misconduct, game misconduct, minimum of 1-2 games suspended)
Any physical contact with a referee, timer or administrator inside or outside the facility (misconduct, game misconduct, minimum of 2-3 games suspended)
Throwing or slamming of sticks (minimum of unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct or game misconduct and possible suspension)
Defacing or damaging the facilities (minimum of misconduct, game misconduct and suspension)
Abuse of facilities (minimum of game misconduct, 2-3 games suspended)
Any intent to injure occurrences (minimum of match penalty, game misconduct and suspension)
All incidents are reviewed by the League Director with input from the Board of Directors and all decisions are final. There is no appeals process.
Over-30 Board of Directors
Weekly website updates and published dates
Home Page Update
Team Player Stats
P.U.T.A. Forum and Game Summaries
Dunkin Donuts "Player of the Week"
Five Guys weekly Award
Pink Stick Bag Challenge
Spring Scoring/G.A.A. Challenge
Player Spotlight Winner
League Photos (Spring 2019)
Individual Season Award Winners
Career All-Time Stats (regular season & playoffs)
NEW - 3/23/2019
Championship Jacket Winners
Championship Teams Photos
NEW - 5/5/2019
Historical summary of the Over-30 league
Season Milestone Acheivers
Players Of The Week
Dunkin Donuts Player Of The Week
Five Guys Player Of The Week
DUNKIN DONUT PLAYER OF THE WEEK 4-13-19
This week's Dunkin Donuts winnergoers to Matty Iannelloof Mixed Nuts. We couldn't let the regular season end and NOT give Matty a Player of the Week award. In helping his team extend their winning streak to 7 games heading into the playoffs, Matty scored 2-goals and added 2-assists, factoring in on four of the six goals his team scored. In addition, Matty added another scoring title to his collection. How dominating has Matty been in winning scoring titles? In the 54 seasons that this scoring title has been given out, matty has won it an unprecedented 17 times, including 5 seasons in a row. The next closest player has won this title 5 times. This is why they call him the Great One!
FIVE GUYS PLAYER OF THE WEEK 4-13-19
This week's Five Guys winnergoes to Ray Dow of Coach's Corner. With Over-30 league team infamy staring him in the face, Ray stepped up big time for his team and played the leading role in ensuring that his team would not go winless this season. Ray played both defense and offense in this game. With his team trailing 4-2 late in the second period, Ray shifted up front and set up two goals in a span of fifteen seconds to tie the game and for good measure scored two minutes into the third periodon a sniper slap shot top corner far side. Still not done, Ray went back on defense and blocked not one but two shots off his chest in the last ten seconds, taking two for the team, to preserve the victory.
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