Here’s the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions…
Where do you Play?
Carling Arena in London, Ontario.
What nights are games?
Game starts rotate between 9:00 and 11:00pm
In 2021-2022 we operated an 8 team league with 10 skaters per team plus a goalie playing a 50 minute game.
When does the season run?
Late September / Early October to end of March.
How much does it cost?
2022 -2023 fees are $410 per skater. Goalies pay half. Returning players often get the opportunity to sign up with an early bird discount.
How are teams formed?
We re-draft teams every year using a balanced draft system trying to mix and balance the teams as much as possible. This allows players to meet new guys each year as players change teams every season.
What is the skill level?
Players skill vary. We have a couple guys who are really good. A couple guys who used to be really good. A couple guys who think they were good and a whole bunch of guys who are pretty slow but try real hard. The key is the teams are balanced so no team has more “elite” players then another.
How competitive is the league?
It’s a social, relaxed league, more organized then pick up but less competitive then the NHL. Players want to win but people don’t usually worry if they lose, as long as they can get to Marinos for a post game beverage before last call.
Who runs the league?
The league is run by a volunteer group of Team Captains along with a President, Treasurer and Secretary that handle the administrative duties and make any decisions after seeking input from the players.
All players have a say in the league and all concerns are addressed by the leadership.
We take all suggestions or concerns seriously.
How do I sign up?
Email us today and we’ll give you the info or visit our sign up page. We open sign ups to new players and referrals after April 1 of each year.
I’m new to the league, what can I expect?
Moderately paced hockey combined with the usual dressing room banter then down to the local watering hole for a post game beverage and some of the worst chicken wings you may have ever tasted.
Meet some good guys and get out of the house for a few hours on Mondays.
Because the teams are mixed each year you’ll meet a bunch of new guys and everyone is pretty friendly and inviting. After your first game, you’ll feel like you’re one of the boys.
What equipment is required?
Regular hockey equipment, some sort of face protection (half visor minimum) is recommended. Most players wear shoulder pads, some choose not to. The league recommends all players wear full equipment including a full face mask as per standard hockey rules.
Players choosing to alter their equipment do so at their own risk.
Any special rules?
- In 2020, we started playing a modified style called Fast Break Hockey that limits faceoffs to after goals.
All other stoppages lead to the offending team clearing the zone and play continues. It’s faster, leads to more ice time and was generally well received by our league and most preferred the new style.
We do have the following rules:
- No slap shots
- No intentional contact
- No overly aggressive play
- No fighting
- Absolutely no punches.
What is the Refund Policy?
No refunds are available once the draft is completed.
Players who suffer season ending injury may be able to obtain a partial refund if a replacement player is found. Transactions of that nature will be handled directly between the injured player and replacement player. The MNHL will not facilitate.
Players who are asked to leave the league for behavior related issues may be granted a pro-rated refund at the leagues discretion.
What is the risk?
All sports carry an assumed risk by the participants. By playing you assume this risk. All effort will be taken to try and deter any overly aggressive or physical play.
Players who show this type of behavior may be asked to leave the league.
Don’t be an idiot. Remember it’s rec league hockey and the guy you are trying to fight might end up on your team next year. Follow all City rules about alcohol in the dressing rooms and just come, have fun, be with the boys, meet some good guys and play hockey for an hour a week.
Interested? Join us we’re always looking for new players.