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New rec hockey league organizing in Fort Macleod

The new Fort Macleod Rec Hockey League will face off Monday, Oct. 12.

Six teams of players aged 18 years and older will compete in a season that runs until March at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre,

Rob Luther

“It’s primarily for fun but at the same time I think it’s going to be competitive,” organizer Rob Luther said. “We want it to be competitive but not dirty.”

The idea of a Fort Macleod rec league has been proposed before, but teams were content to play their own loosely-organized exhibition schedules.

This year, when new rules and restrictions were put in place at arenas to stop the spread of COVID-19, the idea of a Fort Macleod league resurfaced.

“This year everybody kind of jumped on it,” Luther said Thursday. “Everybody loves a good hockey game.”

Games will be played Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Fort Macleod arena.

Teams are guaranteed one game a week and will likely play two games every second week.

Games will be three 25-minute periods of straight time.

Traditional rec hockey rules will be enforced, with an emphasis on good sportsmanship.

Team contacts are Trevor Curran (403-634-5554), Boof Roelofson (403-892-2875), Dustin Grisnich (403-331-8984), Loren Feyter (403-332-3334), Lyndon Van Buuren (403-330-9460), Craig DeMaere (403-795-0965), Jace Norlin (403-892-5869), Aaron Poytress (403-849-7516) and Brad Needham (403-635-6392) are putting their squads together.

The plan is for each team to have one goalie and 12 skaters.

Players looking to join a team can contact the captains. The league will not allow carded players.

People from outside of Fort Macleod and district are welcome to join the new rec league.

Luther said the intention is to keep every team competitive, so trades will be possible.

“We’re going to build the teams to try and keep things fair,” Luther said.

Anyone interested in adding their names to the team’s spare list can contact Rob Luther at 403-308-0458.

Luther is also the contact for anyone interested in working as an on-ice official.

Registration is $250 per player and must be paid prior to the teams playing their first game.

The registration covers ice time as well as a team jersey.

Registration fees can be e-transfered to macleodhockey2020@gmail.com.

The Fort Macleod Rec Hockey League’s Web site is at www.recleague.net/fmrhl.

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