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November 22 Game Reports

Bruins 8 Avalanche 3

Bruins jump out to an early lead and never let go. Early goals from Stenning, Skufca and Cleland give them a nice cushion. Evan Cleland had 3 but according to brother Adam should have had 5. Adam with 2, Joe with 2 and Stenning with the 8th.

Old Deaner played great in net. Av’s replacement goalie Dave played great in net making a ton of hard saves even with the score what it was.

Avs never quit, pushing the pace all game and getting 1 back late.

Defensively, Sil Pepe, coming off his game of the year last week, was just “OK”, probably looking forward to his vacation which starts this week.

Red Wings 6 Whalers 5

A great game with no penalties and a few lead changes, saw the Wings win their 2nd in a row vs the Whalers.

A beauty goal by Whalers Jeff Clifford.

A late outstanding glove save by the Wings goalie kept them in the lead and they walked out with the valuable 2 points.

Leafs 5 Kings 3

Talbots trades are paying off for the buds as they win their 2nd in a row. Henry looks to rebound next week coming off a 2 game losing streak.

The Kings had an early lead before big Tim showed signs of former glory with a confident Bobby Orr style rush to put the Leafs ahead.

Shut down Defense and an insurance goal by newly acquired Sean O’Dwyer sealed the win for the Leafs

Penguins 5 Flyers 2

With new Covid restrictions in place it looked like some of the Flyers were struggling to enter Carling Arena with late arrivals fumbling with apps and id’s to get past security.  This confusion seemed to carry on to the ice as Penguins were able to capitalize early.  Some slick passing from Pens created some open ice for Captain Collett who started the scoring for the Pens

Both sides filled a depleted roster with call ups from the Leafs as Pens reunited with traded forward O’dwyer who outdueled O’Donnell for best Irishman of the night

The Flyers D seemed like they were battling the flu as Pens took advantage of multiple cough ups in the flyers zone.  didn’t seem to bother Stockholm Sherlock who’s regiment of Ricola cough drops and red bull seemed to repel any Flyer virus.  

newcomer on Pens blue line for recently departed Chad was an adequate fill in contributing  2 markers(one empty net) to seal the deal for power blue.

Bummer was again the scoring force for Flyers who pulled goalie late in the game. surprise move to see D Kim tapped to provide the offense with net empty.  post game video showed tooker debating with call up Talbot on who to send out.  looks like another long video session in store for the Flyers looking to find offensive spark. we’ll have to wait and see what new line combos are in store for the Broadway bulldogs

November 15th Game Reports

Flyers 4 Red Wings 1

In typical Flyer fashion Dave the “ seagull Orr” withstood an early onslaught of Red Wings shots to keep the game scoreless early on.

Dr Andy’s suggestion of new line combos paid off big with instant chemistry and scoring more evenly distributed throughout the lineup.

Marcus the “Mind reader” Juidus scored his first career goal and 2A on the evening. Mad Dog Murray didn’t look impressed In the dressing room pregame, when Davey Bancroft threw a wrench into Andy’s plan of line suggestions, but he embraced the decision with a positive attitude and got a Goal and added an Assist.

The D pairing of Scott the “ Killer McKillop” and David Kim had a remarkable night with the highest Corsi rating of 49 and 46 respectively. Both ended up with 2 Apples and Plus 3 on the night, easily Killers most solid game of the season, thus far. 

Tempers flared when Seagull got jabbed by a Wing forward as the puck trickled in. A suggestion was made to the “little fellar” Ref that the goal should have been waved off? The little fellar had a meltdown and yelled back “talk to your D and tell them to stop back king in on you”! Seagull shook his head in displeasure and skated back to his crease. As always a  special thanks to Bummer and Andy for consistently contributing and with each netting one in tonight’s result. 

The Flyers could be a team that gets more and more difficult to play against with a solid mix of grit, determination and skill, backed up by solid goaltending. Next test will be the tough to play against Penguins. 

Whalers 3 Penguins 2

A great game with solid goaltending, as both teams has their new additions on display.

The Penguinshad Breakway to tie the game but was denied!!!

A strong defensive play with less than a minute remaining, on a 3 on 1 Jeff Stokley blocks the pass not just once but twice on the same play to deny any attempts to tie the game.

The Whalers get the game winner was a SLOW trickle over the goal line by the Whalers.

The score was 2-2 late in the game with 2minutes remaining in the game when DRAMA ensued.

Maple Leafs 9 Avalanche 3

With the stress of the trade deadline past them, and Talbot no longer playing opossom, the Leafs dominated from the first whistle to the buzzer winning 9-3. Solid defense, skilled forwards… the MNHL has been put on notice.

Bruins 3 Kings 1

Great game with speed and pace, the Kings were up and down the ice but unable to solve the rubix cube that is Dean Shill. Bruins jump out early on an Adam Cleland goal before the Kings tied it.

Mike Stenning snipes the game winner from well outside the dots and Adam punched an empty netter in to seal the deal.

TSN Turning Point came late in the game, on a 2 on 1, Kings look to tie on a cross ice pass but SIL PEPE with the STICK OF GOD says “NOT ON MY WATCH, YOU SONS OF BITCHES” and violently deflects the puck out of harms way in what can only be described as the play of the year. Grown men wept at the selflessness of this play.

After the game, when asked about the play, Captain Adam Cleland could only muster up the words “that’s my Defenseman” with a cracked voice, still so emotional from witnessing such a great play.

Sil “Get that Weak Ass Shit out of my Mother Fucking Zone” Pepe, ladies and gentlemen!

Henry with some equipment trouble spent most of the game on the ice, likely getting ready for winter.

MNHL Player called up to the SHOW!

MNHL’er Chad Reinders has been called up to the big time! Tonight will be his last MNHL game as Chad cleared waivers and will join the big farm team on the East Coast soon!

Thanks for your years of service Chad! We’ll keep you on the spare list in case you are ever back in town or want to make the 25 hour drive to play on Monday night!

Good Luck Chad!

SUSPENSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Huge Suspension news out of the MNHL Head Office.

League President has suspended immediately… going home without showers!!!

Dressing room showers are now back! Enjoy the hot water while it lasts.

In other news, Shower Luffas are on sale at Home Sense, 3 for $9.99

Let’s try and stay calm out there boys. Plenty of Wings for everyone at Marinos, win or lose.

November 8th Game Reports

Whalers 3 Avalanche 2

A wildly entertaining game. If you’re a fan of classic movies, The Bells of St. Marys were heard with all of the posts that were hit. Goalies were heard asking for “Sanctuary, Sanctuary”.

In what was a decidedly chippy affair, Whalers won 3-2.

Avalanche came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game.

Whalers goals from Curphey and Bernie scored on a breakaway in the dying minutes for the win.

Kings 3 Flyers 0

The Flyers came out on this Monday Evening playing as if they just indulged in a second thanksgiving turkey dinner. The Flyers welcomed back Dave the Seagull Orr from injured reserve after suffering a backyard injury, and he didn’t disappoint this night stopping 33 of 36 shots. Early in the game, Seagull made a glove save off John blue eyes Sinatra Liermen from only 5 feet out to keep the game scoreless.

With trade talks abundant, and the Flyers having plenty of cap space, Flyer fans could smell a blockbuster deal and rebuild for the Flyers on the horizon.

At the end of the game the media were swarming the Flyers dressing room to speak with Seagull. He was seen exiting out of the Zamboni entrance on the Southside of Carling with a Goalie stick and a Tru Temper Rake. When asked what the Rake was for, Seagull was quoted  saying ” no comment “.

The media moved over to the local watering hole Marinos, to gather more facts, and an anonymous player came forward and said he had heard that Seagull has an endorsement deal in the works with Fiskers and Tru Temper, being the front runners.

The Flyers lack of depth and scoring will make it a difficult feat to make the playoffs, but the next couple of weeks will tell the tale.

Bruins 4 3 Penguins 1

Bruins jump out to an early lead on a close blue line play. After going to video review in New York, the league reports that there was inconclusive video evidence to overturn the goal. “We got a good goal!” the referee announced to the capacity crowd of zero.

Bruins and Pens trade chances but Dean was the star of the night, pushing the Bruins one step closer to the cup, while playing the game without a cup. No wonder he was in the butterfly all night.

Nothing else of substance happened in the game at all, a completely normal finish.

Highlights of the Bruins win over the Penguins last night

Game Note: Real nice of Pens Captain Blair to came into the Bruins room after the game to wish the Bruins team an early happy holidays. What a great gesture of sportsmanship. Truly what the MNHL is built on.

Red Wings 3 Maple Leafs 2

Score TBD

November 1st Game Reports

Bruins 4 Leafs 4

Talbot’s boys got their 2nd point of the year thanks to some fine play from tender Mike “Hot and” Ready and 2 goals from super spare Jamie.

Bruins were flustered early when Even Cleland was late arriving, possibly throwing Captain Adam off his game for the first few shifts, but once Even arrived, Adam arrived and popped some much needed Bruins goals.

An early goal past Deano “Bravo” Shill spelled trouble for the Bruins but Deano flashed some leather late making it a game.

On one rush, large D-man Sil Pepe found larger forward Matt Snyder on a beautiful give and go but it was mostly give and little go as Snyder missed the net by 6 feet. The only reason we are even relaying this story is because it was the first time those 2 players had hooked up for a pass all year, mostly due to Snyders lack of back checking and Pepe’s lack of offensive “jump up”.

One thing that they didn’t have trouble hooking up with was some chicken wings at Marino’s after the game. Snyder sure back checked his way into a big plate of those.

Whalers 6 Flyers 4 

The Broad street Bullies started the night strong with the newly formed Line of Marcus the “ mind reader Judis” , Mad Dog Murray and Dave Bancroft started off the scoring with back to back goals, 2 A for Marcus, and 2 goals on the night for Bob Mad Dog Murray.

Bummer and Dr Andy pitched in with the other 2, but the flyers Couldn’t hold the whalers at bay. 

The old Spectrum was filled to the brim and left disappointed this evening. You should have known it was going to be a long night when Kate Smith was singing God Bless the Flyers before puck drop, instead of God Bless America.

Freddy Shero wasn’t available to the media after the game , and was seen leaving abruptly  through the back door.

Hardest worker of the night goes to David Kim, who sacrificed his body with 3 blocked shots on the night.

John Wayne Gacey Cortese asked Kimmer after the game if those were puck marks all over his torso and Kimmer said he just finished a cupping session.

Paul Holmgren was seen in deep discussion with Whalers GM Marc Lalonde and with the trade deadline coming near it’s obvious the Flyers need some help. 

Kings 6 Avalanche 1

Have you ever been to the Western Fair? Have you ever ridden the Spinning Teacups? For an hour? Or have you ever been in the House of Mirrors?

Everywhere you look, you see someone. That’s what it felt like if you were the Avalanche last night.

The Kings showed their lineage in what can only humbly be referred to as a beatdown.

I think everyone on the Kings scored at least once.

One thing is for sure, Henry sure was coy after the game at Marino’s. Kings limit the Avs offensive chances and Henrys boys continue to pull the biggest sand bag job of the season with another victory!

Penguins 7 Red Wings 2

The Pens dominate the Wings 7-2. Blair was so excited about the victory he decided to play a 2nd game.

BUYING OR SELLING A HOUSE? CHECK OUT THIS GREAT DEAL!

Our very own Henry Verbakel has offered a great deal for MNHL’ers who provide a real estate referral that closes.

Basically on any referral from an MNHL player of someone who buys or sells a home, Henry will take 20% of his commission up to $2500.00 and use that money to not only pay your next years players fee, but give the balance to the MNHL general account to pay for things like new jerseys, league parties and to keep registration costs down.

(For Example, on a sale of a $600,000.00 home with 2.% commission to the selling agent = $12000.00 paid to Sutton Group Select Realty Inc. Brokerage. Out of the $12000.00, I will pay my Broker his share and a 20% referral fee will be paid to the MNHL.  $12000.00 x 20% = 2400.00, so, the player who referred the client gets his 400.00 fee paid and the balance of $2000.00 is paid to the MNHL.) If you have already personally used Henry’s Real Estate services he would be happy to pay your next years players fee.

If you, or a friend, family member or co-worker are planning on buying or selling why not refer them to Henry, save yourself some money, help the league out and get expert representation from one of the best in the business?

Henry has been an active MNHL player for many years.  He has also been a full time Real Estate Broker for 39 years, with Sutton Group Select Realty Inc. Brokerage, since 1992. Over the course of his Real Estate and hockey careers Henry has made great friendships both personal and business related, and have transacted many, many real estate deals with past and current MNHL members and their families.

When buying or selling Real Estate its very comforting and assuring working with an experienced agent you can trust, and that has been referred to you by someone you know.

Of course there will be no obligation on behalf of any player to participate if they so choose.

Contact Henry anytime:

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Sutton Group Select Realty Inc. Brokerage
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Coaches Corner with Chuck Cherry

Aided by 3 replacement players from the Flyers the Red Wings/Flyers combo team fought back again for another tie (5-5), this time with the Bruins. At this rate we will set the record for “sister-kissers” easily.

Now, if you wanna be a real man you gotta block shots! Ask Matt Snyder how his leg is? That is what happens when you stand in front of Chuck Parkers point shot. Last he heard, Snyder was swearing all the way down the ice after taking one in the calf. That’s real Canadian hockey, boys!

— Chuck Cherry

October 25 Game Reports

Whalers 6 Kings 5

The Whalers, with only 8 skaters, go up 3-0 but Henrys boys battle back to take a 4-3 lead. The Green Fish then score 3 more to go up 6-4.

The Kings score a late one but it’s not enough, as Patrick Rodriguez made a huge save at the end of the game to keep the Whalers up and victorious.

Whalers scorers include Husser (2), Stokley (2) , Bratton and Ol’ Bernie K with a single.

Red Wings 5 Bruins 5

A battle of dualing goaltenders.

Bruins and Wings trade goals back and forth. Bruins go up 5-3 late but the Wings battle back to tie it. Wings spares Bummer and El’ Presidente with multiple chances.

Bruins law firm of Cleland, Cleland and McCaskill with many chances but ultimately the glove of Wings tender Andrew P. was too much.

Deano Bravo was excellent in net for the Bruins as well.

Maple Leafs 4 Penguins 4

With a lot riding on the game to determine the leafs fate they came out with a spirited performance and took the game to the Pens.  Leafs earned their 1st point of the season.

With trade rumors circulating it was the Leafs that were doing the talking with a game plan that bewildered the Pens.  Steady D man Talbot was slotted on forward after years patrolling the Buds D.  considering the need to shore up the defence is was a bold move and Tenured Talbot provided more than financial coaching on this night. he lead the team in offense with one goal and numerous chances to put the first  W on the board for the leafs.  

Penguins found their offence from Stan “Hands” Norman who lit the lamp to help secure a single point for the baby blues on a real “zinger” which found it’s way home.

Tiny Tim Gibson looks like he’s found his game with thundering rushes that intimidated the pens D as his howitzers from the point tested Pens goalie all night long.

over heard at post game conference leafs coach/capt/manager/financial mentor-Talbon Keefe:

“Boys, it’s simple… you INVEST in scoring chances and you get some INTEREST in back checking in order for us to create SAVINGS on the score board or we’re going to go BANKRUPT this season…” and other financial lingo type comments.

Blair, upset over giving up a point to the Leafs, or possibly just tired, was not seen at the post game press conference at Marinos.

Avalanche 6 Flyers 1

Battle of the expansion teams. Flyers spare goalie was like a swiss guard protecting the vatican for the first 20 minutes. Unfortunately it turned to swiss cheest for the last 20. (Vince wrote this).

Regnier with 2, Tyler and Cortese 1 each for the Flyers.

COACHES CORNER with CHUCK CHERRY

“The Wings are at it again! After falling behind early 6-2 the Wings rallied to tie the game 6-6, their second consecutive “sister kisser” after starting the game with 8 players. Russell came to rescue late again but this time he couldn’t get in the arena. Hat trick by Andrew, two goals by Nate-“Franzen” Stewart and the last by the financial brains of the league, Kevin. My coaching challenge ( besides skating backwards faster) is to get the guys pumped up faster. Maybe I will use some of Jimmie’s (RIP) personal verbal assault motivational techniques.”

MNHL CONTROVERSY

A debate over the Kings / Wings score lead to an MNHL hearing at the head office in New York. After various withesses were interviewed, it was determined that the final was 6-6.

Henry was unavailable for comment, but then later he also was available for comment, but did not comment….. so basically Henry has no comment.

October 18 Game Reports

Flyers 6 Leafs 2

Flyers were worried with Dave “The Seagull” Orr showed up at 8:51 for the 9:00 puck drop. Well, Davey came out to play keeping the Flyers in the game with some huge early saves and stopped 34 shots in the 6-2 win.

Ryan Sleemans O’Donnell had a beauty to start the scoring for the Flyers. John Wayne Gacey Cortese made his debut on D and did a nice job chipping pucks out picking up 2 Apples on the night, his style of play resembled Ian Turnbull from late 70s leafs minus the Lang skates The newly formed line of Andy Leung, Bummer and Dave Chappelle Bancroft created instant Chemistry with Andy netting 2, Bummer 1 G and Davey Chappelle Bancroft sniping a beauty from the hash marks, his first of the season.The line of Mad Dog Murray, Marcus and O’Donnell had a great night with Murray netting his third of the season and Marcus getting 2 nice Apples on the night.

After losing their 4th in a row the dejected Leafs quickly retreated to the dressing rooms, not giving any media access.

Whalers 3 Bruins 1

Whalers game plan to try and contain Adam Cleland – and not focus on stopping Matt Snyder – was effective seeing as one fo them is a high speed scoring machine and the other is Matt Snyder.

Curphey with 2 goals and a plethora of high energy rushes wore down the Bruins who were basically too fat and slow to keep up.

Deaner held the Bruins close, Bruins forwards didn’t do their part.

Kings 7 Red Wings 6

At 7:01am Henry texted me 1 word: “Barnburner” so I think we can all draw from that, that words can’t begin to detail how exciting this game was for both teams.

Penguins 4 Avalanche 2

Penguins marched into Carling looking to avenge last weeks loss. The Av’s were riding hot goalie Anderson but came under fire early as Anderson held the fort while the rest of the Avs woke up for the 11pm game.

Pens got on the board early with a goal from O’ Dear O’Dwyer which provided an early spark for the team.

My Cousin Vinny Curcio reipled for team Purple but a couple bounces got the Pens ahead for good.

Good news: Mario’s lights stayed on past midnight so Captain Collett and the boys stopped to share some highlights with the locals, which delayed the reporting of the score.

October 11th Game Reports

Bruins 3 Flyers 0

Ol’ Deaner game ready to play on this Thanksgiving Day, and the Bruins were very thankful for Dean because most of them were too lazy to back check.

Bruins jump out early on a Blair Alton bouncer and then a Snyder wiff found the net as well giving the Bruins a 2-0 jump start.

Adam Cleland had a beauty for the Bruins to seal the deal. There might have been 1 more but I was trying too hard to not puke to rememner.

Flyers forecheck was relentless, Bummer and Andy Leung hooking up on long break outs and Rob Murray pounding the net, but ultimately, Deaner was too strong.

Whalers 4 Leafs 3

Great battle between the Leafs and Whalers. A nice breakaway goal by Marc “The Flying Frenchman” Lapointe opened the scoring. Tim Gibson had a nice snipe for the Leafs to respond but Patty Rodriguez wsa too strong for the Whalers and shut the door on the leafs.

The Leafs finally enjoyed their first lead of the season – for a few minutes.

Kings Beat Penguins

King Henry was not satisfied with 5 course turkey dinner Monday night. 

His 6th course was dining on Penguin carcass with his team steam rolling over the flighless birds Monday night Fresh off back stopping the Red Wings to a 3-3 tie against Avalanche 

Goalie Breau went undefeated on the night as he helped take down the powder blues.  On the flip side Penguins goalie Anthony was fed a second helping of rubber which didnt include gravy. poor defensive play led to multiple turnovers(not the apple kind) keeping the penguins penned in their own end for much of the game.

Kings were led by steady play of Rich “not from wuhan”  wooton. his 1st goal started the onslaught as the Kings pressed all night.  

Best line of the night was overheard on Penguins bench as Stan “hands” Norman commented his legs felt heavy, i guess Stan does have a second gear?  we’ll wait to see what next Monday has in store

too many goals to keep track but i think  Tim “buckets” Beckett bent the twine

Penguins look to rebound next week. 

Avalanche 3 Red Wings 3

Rupple, Luke Neville and Vince “The Don” Curcio scored for the Avs. Marty tied it late for the Wings with his 2nd.

Red Wings super sub Blair Collet was a force.

October 4th Game Reports

Penguins 5 Flyers 2

Flyers were down 5-0 at the half way point. Dave “The Sea Gull” Orr stopped everything thrown his way, even some freezer burned chicken wings being sold at Marinos.

The Flyers finally broke down the Pens shut out when “Private Eye” Cortese jumped on a Blair Collet turnover and burried it to make it 5-1 Pens.

Blair was checking his stocks behind the net and didn’t notice Cortese attacking him like Covid attacks anti-vaxers in the southern United States.

Bummer put another one in but the Flyers couln’t handle the fast skating Pens on this night.

When referencing the Flyers defensive performance, one MNHL’er described them as an old Orange Fanta bottle that someone left the lid off of… ORANGE and FLAT.

Kings 4 Leafs 2

The Kings took advantage of another slow start by the Leafs who were down by a pair before clawing back to even. Then a couple of quick Kings’ goals left the Leafs trying to figure out if these first few games were meaningless pre-season tune-ups.

The Leafs are hoping that their new unseen draft pick, still out on vaccine protocols, returns soon to turn the tide.

Talbot and the Leafs are looking for their 1st win in 2021

Red Wings 2 Whalers 0

Despite a great showing from Patty Rodriguez in net, the Whalers are unable to solve the riddle that was Red Wings sub goalie David “The Seagull” Orr and fall 2-0 as the Wings score an empty netter late to seal the deal.

Chester and “Party” Marty burried the biscuit for the Wings and the Glaciers (the old, slow but steady Wings Defense) and their 170 years of combined MNHL experience were able to hold off the attack until Russell showed up late, and a defibulator was able to be obtained to revive 3 of hte Wings d-men

Avalanche 3 Bruins 0

Jeff Anderson was a brick wall in front the purple headed monsters last night as the Avs jump out to a 2-0 start in their debut season.

Vince Curcio for GM of the year? (ha ha let’s not be crazy just yet)

Les “tie the” Knott, Joe Regnier and Vince “The Don” Curcio score for the Avs.

For the Bruins, Matt Snyder fell back to earth after a strong debut game. When asked for his comments after the game, Snyder remarked “at first I thought my jersey was too tight for me, but after 2 games… I KNOW it’s too tight for me”

Unfortunately, squeezing into a mens large may be reality for Snyder this season.

On a side note: Great to see Kevin Rupple back in the MNHL circling around all us out of shape guys, reminds me of the good old days when I was also still out of shape, but a few years younger.

September 27 Game Reports

Bruins 7 Kings 1

Bruins start off strong, their game sounded like a song.

The Cleland family flew, yes, even Andy too.

Skufca lead the second line, that guy aged like fine wine.

Snyder had a goal, it was all right. His Large sized jersey was very tight.

New guy Stenning was passing the puck. Bruins drafting him was pretty good luck.

Deaner in net was flashing the glove, the Kings forwards said “Dean show us some love”

But Dean could not hear them, his headphones too loud. Plus there was the non stop roaring of the MNHL Crowd.

In the end, ol’ Henry couldn’t muster enough goals. But they went to Marinos for some Chicken Wings in bowls.

Kings fall to the Bruins 7-1, Bruins relentless forecheck and Deans glove were too much for the Kings.

Whalers 2 Penguins 2

Curphey with 2 goals for the Green Fish who tie the Pens. Blair was too tired to provide game details, saying he was back checking very hard and needed a nap this morning.

Patty Rod in net for the Whalers, was apparently pretty good “I worked out this off season, doing more cardio” he reported “I parked my car 10 spaces further away at the Beer store.”

Patty Rod playing between the pipes for the Whale!

Flyers 5 Red Wings 3

The Flyers started the scoring with Rob “ mad dog “ Murray with his first of the season.

Bummer scored 2 beauty’s and 1 was his patented wide sweep and hard drive with his blazing speed top cheese.

Andy “Mr Smooth” Leung had a nice Cale Makar like “ jump in the rush“ deke a couple of wings and over the glove.

Bummer added another one similar to his first for second of the season. Andy got the empty netter to ice it at 5-3 

Dave “the sea gull”  Orr got an assist on the second goal 

Nice start for the Flyers against a deep Red Wings squad in their MNHL debut.

The game was tight until Bummer went off with 2 in a row. Red Wings goals from Marty, Russ and Andrew Parker. The “Glacier” D unit of the Red Wings (Glacier cause they move to slow) was solid but tired after the game.

Flyers looking good in their debut game.

Avalanche 6 Leafs 2

It was a tale of 2 games.

The expansion Avalanche came out strong early, no doubt buoyed by the fervor and excitement of their groundbreaking first game.

Les Knott scored the franchises 1st ever goal, and then followed that up with another, clearly cementing himself as the oldest rookie of the year candidate in the MNHL.

Leafs fell behind 3-0, but took the game over as it progressed. The first star was Avalanche goalie Jeff Andersen, who robbed the Leafs on many top tier chances.

A couple of late goals by the Avalanche sealed the deal.

JERSEY RETURN

Do you still have an MNHL Jersey from last year in your bag, at home etc?

Please bring it to the rink on the 27th. There will be a jersey drop box in the lobby of Rink A for you to leave it in and we will get it back to the appropriate captain.

If you have a jersey that’s similar color to your new team, don’t be afraid to bring it for the first few weeks as we sort out the jersey issue.

MNHL RULES

We play modified FAST BREAK hockey.

Faceoffs to start the game and after goals.

On a stoppage (off side, icing, goalie freeze, puck out of play etc) the offending team must give up the blue line to the other team. Once the puck crosses the blue line the game resumes.

Penalties are 3 minutes run time.

Games start 5 minutes after the ice time starts so be ready to go as soon as the flood is over and warm up quick (Dean… we are talking to you).

Because of the limited rosters, if you can’t make a game be sure to let your Captain know ASAP.

2021 – 2022 MNHL Schedule is LIVE

Check out our schedule page.

If for any reason we have to cancel games, we will simply skip those weeks and continue on with our schedule at our return.

Welcome the Flyers and Avalanche to the MNHL

MNHL Avalanche will be sporting Purple this season
Look out for the Flyers in Orange on the ice this MNHL Season

GAME DAY REMINDERS

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Harold James McCormick (Jim)

After a lengthy illness, Jim passed away on August 24, 2021 at University Hospital, London Ontario.

Dearly loved son of Paulina McCormick, Elmvale, Ontario. Predeceased by his Dad, Harold(2007) and his brother Bill (2005).

Survived by a sister, Barbara, nieces Julie Harvey and Jill Lee and their families and many good friends including Kevin, Randy, Steve , Pat and members of the men’s hockey league that he was such a part of. He also had many friends in the stock car racing field and was a member of the London St. Thomas Real Estate Board.

A private family service will take place with a celebration of life to follow at another time, yet to be determined.

https://lfpress.remembering.ca/obituary/harold-mccormick-1083121313

MNHL LOSES LONG TIME PLAYER / COACH / FRIEND

We are sad to announce the passing of long time MNHL’er Jimmy McCormick this week. Jimmy was a part of the MNHL for over 35 years as a player and – more recently – as the Coach and GM of the Whalers team. Known for being a character, Jimmy could always be found in the lobby providing “feedback” to his boys in Green before roaming the dressing rooms post game to chat with the boys.

Jimmy also played a vital role in our planning of the annual Christmas and Year End parties, making sure the food was hot and ready for teams as they arrived.

A valuable member of the MNHL community, Jimmy will be missed.

Goalie Needed

Posted: August 9, 2021

The MNHL needs 1 more goalie for this season. If you are interested or know someone, please sign up by clicking the link above or email us directly at MondayNightHL@mondaynighthockeyleague

LEAGUE STARTS LATE SEPT

Game 1 scheduled for Sept 27th

Player Fees due by Sept 1 via e transfer to Kevin Noble (check your emial for details)

Any players not paid in full by Sept 1 may lose their spot as we will open the league up to our wait list players after that day. Any issues, contact Scott directly to discuss.

Draft to be completely shortly after the payment due date

MNHL Registration is FULL + Expansion Announcement

The MNHL registration for the 2021/2022 season is full. We will accept wait list sign ups that may open once payment is due.

Remember, players have until Sept 1 to make payment. Specific amounts due will be sent shortly once credits from past seasons are applied.

The league will move to an 8 team, 10 skater per team format playing 1 hour games. This will ensure we are in compliance with any potential Covid restrictions and also, was a result of our vote last year.

The 2 new teams joining the league are the Flyers and the Avalanche.

MNHL NEWS – MAY 31, 2021

SIGN UPS... Only 10 spots and 2 goalie spots remain. Sign up now. We are now accepting new player referrals. DO NOT DELAY, or you might be spending Monday nights watching The Bachelor with the wife this winter while the rest of the boys play hockey.

EXPANSION RUMORS… Rumors out of the MNHL Head Office suggest expansion may be on the way. In order to keep the MNHL running under expected Covid group size restrictions, there is whispers that the league will expand to add 2 new teams for the 2021 season.

An East Coast and West Coast team are likely to be the candidates. Don’t take a Flyer on this news, sometimes rumors have a way of growing as fast as an Avalanche

Stay tuned for more info!

May 27, 2021 Update on 2021-2022 Winter Season

The MNHL is moving ahead with planning for the 2021-2022 season under the assumption that we will be allowed to play at some point in the fall / winter. 

We are now accepting preliminary registrations for players to save their spot in the league.

Costs, payment due dates, credits for players who paid past league fees and league format, team size and rules will be communicated to you when more details emerge.

Until that time, reserve your spot now.  We will email out information when payment is due in the future and at that time players will have until the payment due date to confirm their spot by paying the league fees.

Sign up now by clicking on the registration link in the menu above.

We will also have information shortly on how credits will be applied for players who signed up for past seasons, cut short by Covid.

Any questions, email the MNHL at mondaynighthl@gmail.com

— MNHL Board

Monday March 29, 2021 UPDATE

Unfortunately the MLHU has put London back into “Red” meaning no hockey at this time.

Our plan is to wait it out and see how much hockey we can get in when the restrictions lift.

Stay tuned for updates as information is released from the health unit.

PENGUINS TAKE HOME THE MNHL CUP

The Penguins are your 2021 MNHL Champions. In a season riddled with Covid delays and lock downs, the Penguins persevered to become champions.

Penguins finally toss the monkey off their back, which you’d think would be an easy thing to do. 

After a Covid delayed season that felt like 15 years for Captain Collett, the Penguins finally hoisted the Cup. 

Like much of this past season the game was filled with mishaps, starting with the Bruins missing their goalie for the first 20 minutes of the game. Bruins players were struggling to find a willing substitute with Andy Cleland the logical replacement but went with 6 skaters instead. 

The game was off to a slow start with A Cleland not performing to his usual dominating standards.  According to post game reports Adam was practicing his patented toe drag move in the  dress room and dulled a skate blade in the process. 

The Penguins went up early with a few empty net goals, but Bruins kept it close, until the tardy tendy made his way on the ice. 

Leading 4-2 at that point  the Penguins turned up the heat and peppered the ill prep’d goalie pushing the lead to 6-2 before the Bruins could muster a comeback.

Bruised and confused the Cleland Clan could not generate any offense which relied on “The Commish” for most of the offence. 

The Penguins spread out their offence with goals from the 2 Steve’s that found twine behind the Bruins netminder. 

Unfortunately it wasn’t the final the fans came out to see but a Cup win none the less for the Penguins. 

Cup parade set for March 27th, starting at Regent St. then down to Marino’s parking lot. 

Please social distance during this prestigious  event

What I love most about this picture is just how darn proud he looks!

Leafs 5 Kings 2

Leafs capture 3rd place thanks to a gritty performance from their top 2 lines. Talbot says “we should be champs, we won our last 4 by 5 goals or more”. Talbot has his eyes set on Blairs boys in the summer continuation of the MNHL.

Whalers 6 Red Wings 1

Jimmy stays out of the toilet. Red Wings fall but have fun. Stan the Man gets the lone Wings goal.

March 15 Game Results

Penguins 4 Kings 3

Blair and the boys lock up 1st place with a victory over the Kings.

Leafs 9 Bruins 1

Leafs pound the Bruins thanks to 4 goals from Andrew P.

The Leafs lay claim for 2nd place but lose on total wins tie breaker to the Bruins who will take on the Pens for the MNHL Cup

Whalers 3 Red Wings 2

Deans solid goaltending wasn’t enough to keep the Wings in the win column. Whalers get another W and lock up a spot in the 5th place game vs the Red Wings.

MNHL Cup Schedule March 22

9:00 Penguins vs Bruins for the MNHL Cup

9:30 Leafs vs Kings for 3rd place

10:00 Whalers vs Red Wings in the Toilet Bowl