FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John Men’s Recreation Hockey League president Mike Hamre hopes that more players and teams sign up for the upcoming rec. hockey season, and soon.
Hamre says that in the last 5 years, the league has seen enrolment drop from 17 teams down to a possible 10-team league going into the upcoming 2017/18 season. He says that in the past year, the league has worked to address complaints from players about late ice times and high league fees.
Hamre explains that last season, the league rescheduled games with the City so that no games would start after 9:45 p.m. He says that this upcoming season the Rec. League only has two 9:45 p.m. ice times per week, meaning each team will only play a “late” game roughly once every 3 weeks. The league has also scheduled Matinee Games scheduled at 7:30pm each Saturday so that players can bring their kids to games.
When it comes to addressing complaints about high leagues fees, Hamre says that the more teams play, the lower fees get. He explains that if 14 teams played in the league this season, the season’s fees would be under $7000 in total. He adds that all referee and year-end tournament costs would be included in the total. Hamre says that if 14 teams played, each team would play 42 games during the season, or roughly 7 games per month. When it comes to referees, he adds that players can volunteer to officiate games, and that officials get paid for each game.
Hamre says that the league has enough room for another three teams to sign up for the season. Teams are able to sign up until August 31st. The league is open to players aged 19+. 18 year-olds are able to play, but need to sign a waiver form.
Any questions about getting into the league can be directed to president Mike Hamre via phone or text to (250)262-7534. More information can also be found on the Fort St. John Men’s Rec Hockey Facebook group.