About the M.N.H.L.

The Monday Night Hockey League is a recreational 35+ Hockey League playing out of Carling Arena in London, Ontario during the winter season.

League History

The MNHL has been around in various forms for over 30 years.

In 2015 the league was taken over by the current leadership and the decision was made to change directions, moving to a more relaxed, social type league.

League Purpose

The MNHL offers a safe, respectful, competitively balanced but clean hockey environment for men 35 and older who enjoy a night out with the boys playing a good game of Hockey followed by a cold beer.

It’s a social league as much as a hockey league.

League Mandates

The league is run with 3 mandates in mind (in order of importance):

  1. The mandate of keeping it SAFE for all players
  2. The mandate of  keeping it SOCIAL for all players
  3. and finally the mandate of keeping it COMPETITIVE for all player

Team Selection

Every year the league re-drafts every player to create new, even teams using a balanced blind draft.  This helps keep the aggressive play to a minimum.  The guy you are slashing this year may have been your line-mate last year or may be your teammate next year.

Players are organized into balanced groups of 6 – each group of 6 should essentially contain 6 players of equal skill.  Each team is then randomly assigned 1 of the 6 players from each group which should create a league where each team has a balanced and random roster.

Players new to the league are given a 1 year grace period where they are allowed to play along side their “host” or the player who referred them.  After that they go into the draft.

League Play

The league games operate with 1 referee (typical of many 35+ leagues) which is designed to control costs and also control aggressive play.

Games are 80 minutes run time with start times rotating between 9:00 and 10:30.  Teams carry 13 skaters and a goalie.  Equal ice time is enforced, teams simply run the lines thru.

There are no slap shots or intentional body contact.

The league has a zero tolerance policy regarding violence and non-sense.

The teams play for the coveted MNHL Cup – a glorious trophy made from the finest in silvers and gold the world has to offer.

League Leadership

The league is operated by a transparent leadership board including a president, treasurer, administrative position, team captains and a few veteran players who help guide the league.

Social Aspects

Aside from the hockey the MNHL operates a few social initiatives including:

A summer golf outing and BBQ

An annual 12 Bars of Christmas Tour

An annual League Christmas Party

League Wrap Up Party after the last game of the season.

“Mandatory Marino’s Mondays” on the 1st Monday of each month where players are encouraged to come out to a local watering hole after the game to mingle with the league.

New Players

We’re always looking to grow the league by adding new players to our teams or spare list.

Cost for the 2017-2018 season was frozen at $420.00 with returning players getting an early bird discount of $380.00 if they paid before the end of the previous season.

If you are interested in joining the league send an email to mondaynighthl@gmail.com

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