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Final Pool Standings & Semi-Final Match-Ups

Mar 15, 2018

Pool A
(4) Green32015
(8) Orange32104
(1) Teal31113
(5) Blue30300

Pool B
(6) Yellow32104
(2) White32104
(3) Rouge31202
(7) Black31202

It was an exciting 2 days of action in semi-final week 3 with 3 out of 4 spots in the semi-finals still up for grabs. The week started with an epic match-up between the top 2 seeds in Pool B between White and Rouge with just one spot in the semis available. In the end White prevailed in the winner take all game 3-1 and clinched 2nd spot in pool B. In the late game we had Yellow, who had already wrapped up 1st place in Pool B, resting many of their starters and losing a close 7-6 game to Black who though already eliminated from semi-final contention did what not many teams get to do and end their season on a winning note.

There was plenty on the line in Thursdays Pool A games as no team had yet clinched a spot in the semis or been mathematically eliminated so all 4 teams had high hopes of continuing their season beyond the final week of the round robin. The early game between Teal and Green featured the top 2 scorers from both the regular season and so far in the playoffs in Reggie Goodfellow and Sean Brokop so of course the game turned out to be a low scoring, close, tight checking 2-2 tie. The tie was as good as a win for Green as it clinched 1st place in Pool A for them while temporarily moving Teal into sole possession of 2nd spot and eliminating Blue from semi-final contention before their game with Orange began. In the final game of the round robin underdog Orange, who finished the regular season in last place continued their Cinderella playoff run by coming away with a 2-0 win against Blue locking up 2nd place in Pool A which also eliminated 1st overall Teal from the playoffs.

The semi-finals are now set for next Wednesday March 21st. Unlike last year where the semis were pure chalk with the top 4 teams from the regular season advancing, the early game will feature one of the unlikeliest match-ups possible as the 6th and 8th place teams from the regular season face off as Yellow takes on Orange. The late game sees 2nd overall White taking on 4th overall Green for the 4th time this season with Green winning the first two games of the season series and White winning the last. Should be two barn burners!

There will be not much time to rest or bask in the glory of their wins for the winners of the semi-finals as the finals are set to go the next day, Thursday March 22nd at 5pm. The windup will follow immediately after the final at Winn City Pub at 635 Pembina Hwy (Pembina and Grant). The windup will feature pizza from Papa John's, great door prizes (sticks, GWLHL apparel, and Labatt swag) and of course, beer. Hope to see you all there!

In the event either semi-final game ends in a tie here are the overtime and shootout rules for the semi-finals (same as last year):


1. The format for overtime will be a 3 on 3, sudden death.
2. The overtime period will be stop time, and a maximum of five (5) minutes long if no team scores.
3. Be ready to play immediately after regulation time because we want to get overtime going as soon as possible. Any team attempting to delay the start of overtime may be assessed a Minor penalty for Delay of Game.
4. Normal player changes will be allowed on the fly and at stoppages.
5. If a penalty occurs in overtime (or if there is an unexpired penalty carried over from the third period) the non-offending Team will play with 4 skaters and a Goaltender, and the offending Team will play with 3 skaters and a Goaltender. When the offending Team’s penalty expires, the penalized Player is permitted to rejoin the play which may result in temporary 4 on 4 play. At the first stoppage following the expiration of the penalty, Teams will revert back to 3 skaters and a Goaltender.
6. If the game is still tied at the end of the five (5) minutes, then a shoot-out will occur.


Should the game remain tied following the conclusion of the overtime period, a shoot-out will be conducted to determine a winner. For the shoot-out, the following rules/items will be applicable:

1. Goalies will both use/defend the same net (use net nearest fan viewing area)
2. 3 shooters per Team (team with most goals after 3 shooters wins)
3. Any penalty in the overtime period, that has not expired, will eliminate the penalized player from shoot-out participation.
4. Winner of coin flip gets choice to shoot first or shoot last.
5. Once a Player has shot, they shall move to the side of the rink opposite the Players’ bench.
6. Referees use Hockey Canada/USA Hockey procedures for penalty shot.
7. If the game remains tied following the first three shooters, a sudden death shoot-out will decide the game winner (i.e. one Team scores, the other does not). Every eligible Player on must shoot once before any player on that team can shoot again.
8. In cases of an extended shoot-out and the number of shooters on each team is not equal, the following would apply….. Once all players on the team with the least amount of players have shot once, and the game is still tied, the players on that team are eligible to shoot again. Once players on one team start taking their 2nd shots, then the players on the other team can start taking their 2nd shots too (this means some players on a team that has more players than their opponents team may not end up shooting at all).

Pool Standings & Semi-Final Scenarios After Round Robin Week 2

Mar 9, 2018

Pool A
(4) Green32015
(8) Orange32104
(1) Teal31113
(5) Blue30300

Pool B
(6) Yellow32104
(2) White32104
(3) Rouge31202
(7) Black31202

With Round Robin week 2 now in the books we have one team already punching their ticket to the semis with Yellow beating White 3-2 and locking up 1st place in Pool B. Also in Pool B action Rouge defeated Black 6-1 which means that Black is mathematically eliminated from semi-final contention and it sets up a loser leaves town match between Rouge and White next week with the 2nd place in Pool B and a spot in the semis on the line. If that games ends in a tie it would go to goal differential with Rouge holding the advantage there by two goals so would advance over White in the event of a tie.

Pool A is much more of a mess with no teams clinching a spot in the semis yet and no teams mathematically eliminated with two different possibilities of 3 way ties depending on the results of next week's games. Green is in the driver's seat right now at 2-0 with 4 points and can clinch first in the pool with a win or a tie against Teal next week. Everything else is still up in the air because if Green beats Teal that would drop Teal to 1-2 and if Blue beats Orange that means both those teams are also 1-2 causing a 3 way tie for the final spot in the semis. If Teal beats Green they're both 2-1 and if Orange beats Blue then they're also 2-1 causing a 3 way tie for two spots in the semis.

Giving the possible mess in Pool A this might be a good time to reiterate the tie breaking procedures which are the same from the regular season tie breakers I posted earlier:

Between two or more teams:

1. Best record in head-to-head games amongst the tied teams
2. Most wins (overall vs all teams)
3. Largest goal differential (overall vs all teams)
4. Least goals against (overall vs all teams)
5. Least penalty minutes
6. Coin toss

Note 1: If there are still teams tied after a step (no single team is advanced), only the tied teams from that step move on to the next step of the procedure. This process continues until there is only 1 team remaining.

Note 2: Once one team has been advanced, it then reverts back to the start of the tie-breaking procedure to break the remaining ties and so forth each time one team is advanced and more ties still need to be broken.

To clarify, if there is a 3 way tie for first place and we need to use the tiebreakers for both spots in the semis the tiebreaker rules above would be used to first determine who finishes 1st place in the pool. Once the 1st place team is determined the remaining two teams go back to tiebreaker #1 (head to head result) to determine who finishes 2nd place in the pool. That means we don't use goal differential, for example, to determine who finishes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place all in one shot. Hopefully that is clear so everyone knows where they stand going into the final week of the round robin. Good luck to everyone still fighting for a spot in the semis!

Now the Games Start to Count!

Feb 23, 2018

Some call the first 20 games of the GWLHL season "the exhibition games". But the regular season at least gives us a feel for what we might expect in the playoffs. At least, it gives us a slightly-better-than-random way of forming the two playoff pools!

Pool A
(4) Green22004
(8) Orange21102
(1) Teal21102
(5) Blue20200

Pool B
(6) Yellow22004
(3) Rouge21102
(2) White21102
(7) Black20200

The playoff round robin schedule is as follows:

Wednesday Feb 28th:
4:40pm - Yellow vs. Rouge
5:50pm - Black vs. White

Thursday Mar 1st:
4:40pm - Green vs. Blue
5:50pm - Orange vs. Teal

Wednesday Mar 7th:
4:40pm - Teal vs. Blue
5:50pm - Green vs. Orange

Thursday Mar 8th:
4:40pm - White vs. Yellow
5:50pm - Black vs. Rouge

Wednesday Mar 14th:
4:40pm - Rouge vs. White
5:50pm - Black vs. Yellow

Thursday Mar 15th:
4:40pm - Green vs. Teal
5:50pm - Orange vs. Blue

Week 19 Highlights: Teal Clinches 1st, Doug Ducharme Scores 100th Career Goal

Feb 16, 2018

With week 19 now in the books we had a couple more teams clinch their final spot in the standings. First of all, with their 7-3 win over Orange, Teal clinches 1st overall and the Pool A1 seed in the playoffs. It is the 7th straight year that 'Reggie's team' finishes 1st overall so congrats to Reggie and Teal. On a positive note for Team Orange, long time GWLHL veteran Doug Ducharme scored his 100th career goal in his 465th career game. Congrats Doug on reaching this great milestone! Also with Orange's loss and Yellow's win this week Yellow clinched 6th overall and the Pool B3 seed in the playoffs.

There is still a lot to be decided in the final week of the season next week, especially at the top of the standings with there being a 3 team tie at 24 points for 2nd to 4th place between Rouge, Green, and White. The season series between these 3 teams is already over with Rouge having the best record at 3-1-2, Green 2nd best at 2-2-2, and White 3rd at 2-4-0. If all 3 teams remain tied after next week then Rouge would finish 2nd overall by virtue of their win in the 3 team head to head season series tiebreaker. Then Green would finish 3rd overall by virtue of their head to head season series win over White 2 games to 1. However, since none of these teams play each other next week various combinations of wins, losses, and ties means any of these teams could still finish anywhere from 2nd to 4th place. Got it? Good.

Finally, 7th and 8th place are still to be decided because Black owns the head to head season series tiebreaker over Orange 2 games to 1 so if Black were to win their last game and Orange lose their last game Black finishes 7th and Orange drops to 8th. All other win/loss/tie scenarios has Orange finishing in 7th and Black finishing 8th.

2nd Most Excting Night in GWLHL History?

Feb 9, 2018

While nothing will likely ever compare to the most exciting night in GWLHL history, last night featured two big comebacks on the same night.

The first game of the night saw team Yellow leading by a field goal at the two-minute warning. Orange, used to being down but never out, battle back with three quick goals before time expired to steal a valuable singe point. That point moved Orange to within a win of leapfrogging Yellow in the standings. Without, they'd be one point out of last place. It looks like Orange might be a dark horse with momentum on their side coming in close the playoffs!

In the seconds game of the evening, things weren't looking good for Rouge, already down 3-1, when Bo-Maguire became the dead meat as a result of a Guliani/Duggan sandwich.

With their entire defensive strategy on the shelf for the rest of the game, Rouge's #1 scorer Andrew Wardrop turned it up to prove to everyone that offence truly is the best defense by scoring 3 unanswered goals to win the game 4-3.

Blue Clinches 5th Place

Feb 9, 2018

Congratulations to Blue on becoming the first team to clinch their spot in the regular season standings. With just two games remaining they can't catch Green or White being 5 points behind both teams. Although Yellow could still tie Blue in points with 2 wins and 2 losses by Blue, Blue owns the season series tiebreaker over Yellow 2 games to 1 that they clinched with a narrow 6-5 win back on Jan 31st.

This means that Blue will be in Pool A as the 3rd seed. It remains to be seen whether Blue's coaching staff decides to rest their starters the last 2 games of the regular season or risk catastrophic injuries by keeping on running them out there through the GWLHL meat grinder so they remain sharp for the playoffs. Decisions decisions.

There will likely be more teams clinching their spots next week but with the standings being as tight as they are the few final spots will no doubt come down to the final week of the season as the playoff picture finally starts to come into focus.

Playoff Races Heating Up!

Feb 2, 2018

With week 17 now in the books we now have just 3 games left in the regular season as all 8 teams continue jockeying for position in the standings to determine which pool they'll slot into for the playoffs. What did we learn in week 17? Plenty:

- The week started off with Blue edging Yellow 6-5 giving themselves a 5 point cushion on Yellow for 5th place. This all but guarantees no worse than a 5th place finish for Blue (unless they lose their last 3 games and Yellow wins their last 3). Blue still has a chance of improving to 4th as they are currently just 3 points behind White but would need some help and they'd still be in the same pool anyway so really, why bother?

- The second game of the week saw Rouge beat up on a short-handed White squad 5-1. Witnesses say Rouge veteran (and sniper?) Billy 'The Kid' Sharman had a career day against White putting up 2 goals 2 assists and pretty much single handedly disposing of White. The win leaves Rouge 2nd overall, 2 points up on White and just two points back of Teal for first.

- The biggest game of the week saw first place Teal taking on Green who could have tied Teal for first place with a win as they were sitting just 2 points back going into the game. Unfortunately absolutely nothing was settled as the game ended in a 6-6 tie leaving Teal 2 points up on both Green and Rouge who have identical 9-4-4 records (Rouge owns the season series tiebreaker over Green with a 1-0-2 head-to-head record).

- The final game of the week saw Black inch closer to clawing their way out of the GWLHL basement with a 4-0 shutout of 7th place Orange who are now just a single point up on Black for the coveted 'not last' spot in the standings.

Speaking of Playoffs (Playoffs!?), the pools this year will break down as follows:

Pool A: 1st, 4th, 5th, and 8th place
Pool B: 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th place

In the event that a tiebreaker is required, the following are the tiebreaker rules:

Between two or more teams:

1. Best record in head-to-head games amongst the tied teams
2. Most wins (overall vs all teams)
3. Largest goal differential (overall vs all teams)
4. Least goals against (overall vs all teams)
5. Least penalty minutes
6. Coin toss

Note 1: If there are still teams tied after a step (no single team is advanced), only the tied teams from that step move on to the next step of the procedure. This process continues until there is only 1 team remaining.
Note 2: Once one team has been advanced, it then reverts back to the start of the tie-breaking procedure to break the remaining ties and so forth each time one team is advanced and more ties still need to be broken.

So, just for fun, if the playoffs started today we'd have Teal, White, Blue, and Black in Pool A with Rouge, Green, Yellow, and Orange in Pool B. If you don't like your pool you have 3 more games to do something about it!

Career Week for Commissioner Putin

Jan 23, 2018

Every year the GWLHL has moments in history that are beyond your typical anomalies and on Hockey Day in Canada week we were treated to another one of those performances for the ages.

League commissioner and dedicated GWLHL’er Reinhart Waldner has been a regular contributor on the score sheet for team Green in the 2017/2018 season but during the 2 games played on Hockey Day in Canada week Reinhart surprised even himself. Waldner, who bears a striking resemblance to Russian President Vladimir Putin and is affectionately known by his team as either Putin or Vlad…put up a career week. Up until this point in his GWLHL career, the only stat Waldner has led the league in is words per game day e-mail but that all changed.

With 2 games on the docket for the 2nd week of January, Waldner managed to notch a total of 8 points (6G’s and 2A’s) which not only contributed to 2 W’s for his team but vaulted him into the top echelon of league scoring. When pressed for comment on Saturday, Team Green leading scorer and beanie toque model Brokop did not mince his words as he was loading Bittner’s body in the car for a ride home “The real story here is that I am finally getting assists, that’s what everyone should be talking about. We all know Reiny can shoot…it’s nice to see the finish go with that.”

The shock and awe was felt throughout the Green dressing room as the story continued to spread into the early afternoon on Saturday. Team Green PIM leader and league agitator, Dennis Jajetovic, who has played multiple seasons with Waldner reacted with his 2nd smile of the season and words of encouragement “You know I thought Reinhart was a lost cause on the ice so I convinced him to become a career league commissioner and obviously that has motivated him to bring out his best week after week. I am taking full credit for this turnaround in his game.”

Dedication is something you cannot question with Waldner as he lives and breathes GWLHL and has been critical in the success of not only his team but the league. For context, Waldner’s first season in the league saw him notch a total of 5 points and after scoring again last week he has already tied his point total of 24 in his best season in the league. After his amazing week, Waldner sits 5th in league scoring with 23 points in 14 games and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Congrats Reinhart for a performance of the ages and it couldn’t happen to a more dedicated person and cornerstone to our league.

Lai Scores First Career Goal!

Jan 18, 2018

Team Orange Sophomore Thomas Lai scored his first career goal last night helping team Orange pull off the upset over Rouge and put an end to both Rouge's 4 game winning streak and Orange's 6 game losing streak. Lai's goal came with the game tied 2-2 and gave Orange the lead for the first time in the game after trailing Rouge 1-0 and 2-1. The goal itself was a beauty of a one-timer from the slot as Tim Hook found Lai with the perfect pass from behind the net and Lai made no mistake burying it past this season's stingiest goalie Rouge co-captain Gord Dowhan. Some witnesses say Lai's one-timer was a howitzer, some say it was a flutter-puck change-up that fooled Dowhan and barely made it over the goal line but the important thing is it gave Orange a lead it wouldn't relinquish as they hung on to win 5-4 even though Rouge applied intense pressure late and cut Orange's lead to one with just 16 seconds left and the goalie pulled. Team Orange goalie Greg Martin stood tall and robbed Rouge a few times in the final minutes to preserve the win. Martin would pick up his 2nd win of the night in the late game subbing for Green. Speaking of which...

In the late game Green came away with a 5-2 win over Yellow who put up a valiant effort with only 7 skaters and kept the game close until the 3rd period when Green finally pulled away with a couple of insurance goals. It was Green's 5th win in a row making them the hottest team in the league right now and combined with Rouge's loss allowed Green to leapfrog Rouge into a tie for 1st overall with Teal who plays today and can re-take sole possession of 1st overall with a win or tie. Green's win also sets up an important match-up between Green and Rouge next week where Rouge can overtake Green with a win as they continue to jockey for position at the top of the standings.

Hawryluk Replacing Conci on Team Blue

Jan 17, 2018

Team Blue co-captain Adam Conci suffered a broken foot playing soccer this week and will be out at least 6-8 weeks, possibly the rest of the season.

As a result, Blue wasted no time snatching up the best available GWLHL free agent by signing veteran Kevin Hawryluk to a one year pro-rated injury replacement contract. Hawryluk will make his season debut tomorrow vs. White.

Let this be a sobering reminder to the rest of the GWLHL of the dangers of playing a brutally violent game like soccer during hockey season.

Here's wishing Conci a speedy recovery and welcome back to the league Hawryluk!

Greg Martin Plays 800th Career GWLHL Game

Jan 15, 2018

In what seems more like a typo than a real statistic, GWLHL Hall Of Famer Greg Martin this week became the first ever player in league history to play in 800 career games (regular season and playoffs). In typical Greg Martin fashion he completed the feat playing in the second of back to back games this past Thursday subbing for Yellow in the early game for his 799th career game before suiting up for his own team Orange in the late game to reach the 800th game played milestone. Unfortunately for Greg, while he was able to come away with the 4-3 win in game 799 he was on the wrong end of a 4-3 loss in game 800.

How did Greg celebrate his 800th games played milestone you might ask? The only way he knows playing in 3 of the 4 games at Hockey Day in Canada this past Saturday in frigid -30 wind-chills. Upon hearing that Martin planned to play in 3 games in surface-of-Mars-like temperatures most of Greg's fellow GWLHLers reacted with a mixture of amazement, bewilderment, and awe that he would voluntarily subject himself to such a thing. But hey, you don't get to 800 games played by saying no to those lucrative subbing opportunities, no matter what the temperature! When asked what in god’s name he was thinking taking on 3 games in such freezing cold weather Greg replied "Prefer sub-arctic temps to saving monkeys in Ecuador!" Well said Greg, well said.

Congratulations to Greg on reaching this amazing milestone. Your love of and commitment to both the game and league are second to none!

Greg Martin Stats & Facts:

Games played: 803 and counting (Next closest: Gerry Boss 709 and Ed Hunter 698)
Seasons played: 30
Average Games played per season: about 27
Career points: 23 assists...still waiting for that first goal
Career points per game: 0.0286
Career PIMs: 6 (all by accident no doubt)
Last season he didn't lead the league in games played: 2011-2012
GWLHL HOF Induction: 2007
3 time Ken Richardson Award winner: 1995, 1998, and 2014
Odds of Greg playing game #1000 sometime in the year 2025: -500

$775 Raised for the Christmas Cheer Board!

Jan 10, 2018

Once again the generosity of the GWLHL came through as a total of $775 was raised for the Christmas Cheer Board. An average of almost $100 per team is quite impressive and you should all be proud.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated!

2018 Hockey Day in Canada

Jan 6, 2018

The tradition continues as once again the GWLHL and GWLWHL will be heading outdoors for our annual 'Hockey Day in Canada' extravaganza! The festivities are scheduled to take place on Saturday January 13th 2018 at Varsity View Community Club at 315 Laxdal Road:

The first games are scheduled to begin bright and early at 9:30am with all the GWLHL games taking place on Rink B (north) and all the GWLWHL games taking place on Rink A (south). The full GWLHL schedule is as follows:

9:30am - Green vs. Orange
10:45am - White vs. Teal
12:00pm - Blue vs. Rouge
1:15pm - Black vs. Yellow

Dressing room assignments will be posted on the dressing room doors.

As usual, the beer gardens are scheduled to be open from about 11:30am to 5pm with the party wrapping up around 6pm. Drink tickets will be $3 each and we will be ordering pizza for both the men's and women's league to enjoy free of charge. The first order of pizza will arrive around 11:30 with additional waves of pizza following later in the day as well so those who have afternoon games aren't forced to eat pizza that's been sitting around for 4 hours.

Currently the forecast is calling for sunny skies but chilly temperatures with a high of only -20C (-30C with the windchill) so come prepared for the elements. We'll leave it up to the captains of the teams involved to decide whether they want to play straight-time 12 minutes periods or stop time given how cold it's going to be, especially in the earlier games.

Chirstmas Cheer Board Donations

Dec 19, 2017

Once again the GWLHL will be passing the proverbial hat around the dressing rooms to take in donations for the Christmas Cheer Board. Team Captains will be collecting donations in the dressing rooms during this week's slate of games and then can forward their team's contributions to either Jeremy Dick or directly to Mr. Christmas Cheer Himself, Wolfer. Thanks in advance for your generous support for this worthy cause!

Joey Reuther Joins 500 Point Club!

Dec 15, 2017

Joey came into this week's game vs. Orange sitting at 499 career points and witnesses say he hit the magical 500 point mark with a 1 goal 2 assist performance becoming only the 19th player in league history to join this exclusive club. Joey didn't waste any time getting to 500 points either as he did it in just his 12th season and 231st career game giving him an impressive 2.17 PPG career average.

According to the game sheet and team sources the 500th point of Joey's career came in style on a late 2nd period goal as he was laying down on the ice pretty much behind the net. Those familiar with Joey's usual pre late-game rituals likely won't be surprised he was laying down on the ice when he score the historic goal. The milestone goal came against GWLHL Hall of Famer and all time games played leader Greg Martin who somehow managed to play in all 4 GWLHL games this week posting a 2-2 record. With that kind of commitment it should come as no surprise that Martin is now knocking on the door of 800 games played which is a ridiculous accomplishment in itself, but I digress, this is about Joey. Look for that story coming soon.

Not satisfied with simply scoring a goal and reaching 500 career points Joey also assisted on both the tying and winning goals by another GWLHL Hall of Famer Sanjay Guliani late in the 3rd period as Black completed the comeback to stun Orange 5-4 to pick up their 2nd win of the season. As usual, the disappointment from Orange's crushing loss was short lived and forgotten as soon as the hot dog machine was fired up and the beers started flowing in the dressing room after the game.

Congratulations to Joey on reaching this historic milestone! Your super exclusive, suitable for framing 'GWLHL 500 Point Club' puck is in the mail. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

All Tied Up

Dec 8, 2017

It seems as though with the holidays fast approaching many in the GWLHL are getting into the spirit of the season as no fewer than half the games on the slate in weeks 8 and 9 ending up in ties with Rouge and Green both currently sporting impressive(?) two game tying streaks.

With the half way point of the season coming up (already!) next week the standings remain very tight with the hottest team in the league Teal riding a 5 game winning streak to the top of the standings to hold a slim 2 point advantage over those young whippersnappers on White. Starting with White in 2nd spot, the next 5 spots in the standings after Teal are all separated by just a single point each. Down in the dank, dark GWLHL basement Yellow and Black are still looking to get their games in gear with only 1 win apiece so far this season, but hey, it's still early right? Right?!? Looks like it's going to be a tight race all year and the jockeying for playoff position will go down to the final weeks of the season.

Get Your GWLHL Branded Apparel Now!

Nov 17, 2017

In case you haven't heard Harv-Al Sportswear who have been supplying the GWLHL with our jerseys for many years now has set up an online store where we can purchase GWLHL branded apparel. The store is open 24/7 but only for a limited time so get your orders in before end of day on Sunday Nov 26th! Orders should be ready by Dec 15th, just in time for Christmas.

Happy shopping!

Team Rouge 1st Place After Week 6

Nov 17, 2017

Who knew that naming their team Rouge instead of Red in honour of Les Canadiens would pay off so handsomely for Rouge co-captain and goalie Gord Dowhan and his merry band of francophone fanatics? Despite losing their first game of the season 3-0 this week against Teal, Rouge stands alone in 1st place in the standings with a record of 4-1-1 and 9 points. Dowhan remains undefeated however as he decided to sit out this week rather than risk tarnishing his stellar 3.25 GAA against Reggie. Shrewd strategy I say as Dowhan attempts to stay in contention for the 2017-2018 GWLHL William M. Jennings Trophy.

In other action 3 teams remain hot on Rouge's heels as White, Teal, and Green all picked up wins this week and now all sit just 1 point back at 4-2 and 8 points. Blue drops out of last week's 4 way tie with the above teams as they lost a close 2-0 decision to Orange in a game that was mere minutes from ending in a scoreless tie before Orange broke the stalemate late in the 3rd. Has a 0-0 tie ever happened before in the history of the GWLHL?? Someone check the archives!

Black continues to look for that ever so elusive first win and are no doubt feeling robbed after having a late 3rd period go-ahead goal called off as GWLHL Hall of Fame ref Larry Blanchard once again made his favorite 'in the crease' call and waived off the potential game-winner. Soon after the controversial (but ultimately correct) no-goal call, Green scores the game winner as co-captain Reinhart Waldner, fresh off a pep talk from teammate and motivational speaker Dennis Jajetovic, ripped the winner home ending a personal 4 game goal drought. Green netted a couple of late empty netters which made the score look much better for them than it actually was. One of those empty netters was scored by a Mr. Sean Brokop who I don't think I've mentioned in these pages before, which capped an impressive 6 goal double hat trick performance. He now sits with 18 goals in 6 games which by my calculations averages out to approximately a single hat trick per game.

Quarter Point of the Season

Nov 10, 2017

With week 5 now in the books we've officially reached the 1/4 point of the regular season so I feel like it's a good time to take stock of where we're at. Week 5 action saw Rouge manage a late comeback to tie Yellow 7-7 to remain the only undefeated team leading the league with a whopping 9 points at 4-0-1 while Black has a less than whopping 0 points and remains the only team still looking for that elusive first win/point at 0-5-0.

There seems to be more parity than usual in the league this year as there is a massive logjam in the standings with half the league tied at 6 points with records of 3-2 while Yellow is lurking close behind with 4 points at 1-2-2. After struggling out of the gate starting the season 0-2 team Green holds the league's longest current winning streak at 3 games which includes wins against each of the teams they're tied with in the standings so I hold them directly responsible for creating that 4-way tie for 2nd place. Thanks a lot jerks.

Looking ahead to week 6 the game of the week looks to be Rouge putting their undefeated record on the line against powerful Reggie Goodfellow and Teal. Interestingly, none of the 4 teams currently tied for 2nd place are playing each other in week 6 so I predict the logjam in the standings doesn't clear up anytime soon.

Troy Haugen Joins 900 Point Club!

Nov 9, 2017

With a 2 goal and 1 assist performance in Team Blue's 10-7 win over Teal last week GWLHL Hall of Famer Troy Haugen became only the 3rd member of the super exclusive 900 Points Club in his 19th season in the league. By doing so he joins Reggie Goodfellow and Larry Davidson in this exclusive group. This is Troy's first year back in the league after a 7 year hiatus or else he would have hit this magical milestone a long time ago (7 years ago is my guess). Troy now sits a mere 327 points behind the inactive Davidson for 2nd place in all time scoring. At his current career points per game pace it would take Troy about 141 more games or 7ish more seasons to catch Larry. I tried calculating how long it would take Troy to catch Reggie for 1st but my calculator exploded. Go get 'em Troy!

Congratulations to Troy on this historic accomplishment!

A Miracle on Ice!

Nov 3, 2017

For the second time in as many weeks Team Green was involved in a crazy game that left many involved just shaking their heads in disbelief. Last week it was 5 short-handed goals in one game and this time it was a comeback of epic proportions. Sources inside the dressing room say Green may have come into the game foolishly overconfident due to the news that White was down their top two defensemen for the game. However, as often happens in the GWLHL the game didn't go quite according to plan...

The game started out much tighter than anticipated for the first 2 periods with Green grabbing a 1-0 1st period lead on a power play goal while White answered with a late 2nd period goal to tie it 1-1 heading into the 3rd. The 3rd is where things got interesting and more than a little nutty. White jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first 4 minutes which Green answered with one of their own to cut the deficit to 3-2. Then White seemed to take a stranglehold on the game scoring twice more to make it 5-2 with just under 4 minutes remaining. Green must have passed around the smelling salts on the bench at this point as they seemed to wake up and proceeded to score 4 goals in just 54 seconds to shock White and take a 6-5 lead which they held on to for dear life with White pulling their goalie and applying serious pressure to try to tie it late.

Included in that 4 goals in 54 second barrage, team Green savior Sean Brokop scored both the tying and winning goal in a span of just 5 seconds which not only won the game for Green but also completed a 3rd period hat trick for Brokop as he also scored a goal earlier in the 3rd to cut White's lead to 3-2 at the time. How the hell does someone score 2 goals in 5 seconds you may ask? After scoring the tying goal, Brokop took the faceoff at center ice, pushed the puck forward off the draw and proceeded to split the defense and score the game winner unassisted. That's how.

I have no idea if a team has ever scored 4 goals in under a minute to come back from a late 3rd period 3 goal deficit to win the game let alone scored the tying and winning goals in a span of 5 seconds but both should be records even if they're not. Once again, I'm not going to dig through the archives to see if someone (i.e. Reggie) did something similarly ridiculous at some point so we'll just assume it's never been done before.

The Specialist of Special Teams

Oct 31, 2017

In a game that shows just how ridiculous and fun (maybe not so much fun for the goalies) the GWLHL can be Green picked up their first win of the season by skating away with an 11-8 win over Teal in week 3. Super snipers Sean Brokop and Reggie Goodfellow put on quite a show going toe to toe and blow for blow in what can only be described as a heavyweight bout with Reggie notching 7 goals, 1 assist and Brokop answering with 5 goals and 1 assist of his own. With those kind of numbers both should be early favorites for the Cy Young award. Sadly both of these single game point totals are more points than I had in my first season in the league but I digress...

Not only did these two go back and forth lighting up the score sheet like a Christmas tree all game long but the way the goals were scored was pretty special too. While Reggie and Teal managed two power-play goals, Green scored not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 short-handed goals and threw in a power-play goal just for good measure. That's 8 special teams goals out of the 19 total that were scored in the game. Of course that means that in true GWLHL fashion, more short-handed goals were scored (5) than power-play goals (3). You'd think that 5 short-handed goals by one team and/or 8 special teams goals in one game would be some sort of GWLHL record but knowing this league it's probably not and I'm not going to dig through the archives to check.

*Asked for clarification on the rules after the game, GWLHL head ref Darryl Fedyck confirmed that unfortunately it IS NOT possible for the aggrieved team to decline a penalty taken by the opposing team just because it's more likely to be scored on with the power-play than to score. Better start working on that Power Kill now.

Week 1 Match-ups are Set

Oct 7, 2017

With the 2017-2018 GWLHL draft in the books it's time to take those teams that each captain pairing thinks looks so good on paper and test them to see if that translates to the ice in any way shape or form. Week 1 begins with games on Wednesday October 11th and Thursday October 12th and the match-ups are as follows:

Game 1 - Wednesday at 4:40 - White vs. Blue

Team Blue's captains Adam Conci and Erik Sproll return from last year sporting an entirely new lineup and will face first time GWLHL captains Mitchell Link and Simon Schaubroeck. Will experience prevail or will the GWLHL's newest captains show all the grizzled vets they'll be a force to be reckoned with?

Game 2 - Wednesday at 5:00 (on Rink 1) - Rouge vs. Orange

Game 2 features two returning captain pairs from last year as Troy Woods and Gord Dowhan's Rouge (yes Rouge, not Red) team takes on Craig Robb & Greg Martin's Orange. This should be a great match-up assuming enough players remember the change in our regular start time and rink due to a scheduling conflict and don't show up to the wrong rink 50 minutes late. The only question is why wasn't this game scheduled a little later in the season after Orange gets their new reversible jerseys so players can actually tell the two teams apart on the ice? I blame the Convener. Expect a lot of passes to the wrong team.

Game 3 - Thursday at 4:40 - Teal vs. Black

Two powerhouse offenses collide when Teal featuring the GWLHL's all time leading scorer Reggie Goodfellow takes on Black featuring the likes of perennial point producers Joey Reuther, Jay Duggan, and Sanjay Guliani. Calls to Vegas to get the over/under for this game were not returned as of press time but trust me, take the over.

Game 4 - Thursday at 5:50 - Green vs. Yellow

The final game of the week is sure to be a barn burner as another two returning captain pairings from last year face off with Green's Tim Grant and Reinhart Waldner taking the ice against what's sure to be their #1 nemesis all year long, Yellow's Brian Boyd and Jeremy Dick. While Boyd and Dick are sporting a very different lineup from a year ago Grant and Waldner were clearly shamelessly trying to pick the same team again that they took all the way to triple OT of the final last year before losing a heart-breaker on a terrible fluke goal. 6 players from that team that lost in the final return for another shot at GWLHL glory so we'll see which team's strategy pays off in week 1.

A New Season...New Possibilities...Mostly same old Captains

Sep 28, 2017

The rookie game and draft is right around the corner on Thursday Oct 5th and unbridled optimism is in the air as this year's 16 captains plan their draft strategies to assemble their dream team of GWLHLers to take them to the promised land of a coveted GWLHL Championship...or, failing that, at least draft a fun dressing room of guys to shoot the (expletive deleted) with in the room and Hooters one demoralizing loss after another all season long.

With 12 of this year's 16 captains returning from last season the draft room is sure to be filled with a lot of familiarity and even more contempt. A new GWLHL Champion captain pair will be crowned this season as last year's Championship co-captains both decided to quit while they were ahead and rode off into the sunset on a winning note.

This year's captain pairings are:

Team Black: Joey Reuther & Kristian Regnier
Team Blue: Adam Conci & Erik Sproll
Team Green: Tim Grant & Reinhart Waldner
Team Orange: Craig Robb & Greg Martin
Team Rouge: Troy Woods & Gord Dowhan
Team Teal: Clay Bittner & Michael Geith
Team White: Mitchell Link & Simon Schaubroeck
Team Yellow: Jeremy Dick & Brian Boyd

The season kicks off on Wednesday Oct 11th and Thursday Oct 12th so get your hot dog machines and coolers ready!

Registration Update - Sold Out as of 9/11/17

Sep 6, 2017

Registration is now sold out for the 2017-2018 GWLHL season. If you would like to play this season but haven't signed up yet please send in a registration form and you will be placed on a waiting/replacement list. We will be going back to an 8 team league this year based on the number of registrations received so there will be no weekly Wednesday 5:00pm ice times this year, just the usual Wednesday & Thursday 4:40 and 5:50 ice times.

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