The Whistler Men’s Hockey League is in the process of recruiting new players for the 2007-08 season for both the “A” League and Recreational League, and is holding some initial tryouts next week.
The tryout is for players that are new to town and interested in playing in either A or Rec league, and for Rec league players that are considering a move up to the more competitive A League.
According to A League coordinator Ian Pike, he already has a roster of about six players looking to join this year, and with about 10 more players he would like to add a sixth team to the league after a team dropped down to the rec league after the 2006 season. If there are not enough players to form another team, participants in the tryout and draft can help fill some vacancies on existing teams.
“If players want to play in Rec because of the level of play or because the nights they play work better, those names from the tryout will be passed on to the Rec teams looking for players. If they want to play A, we’ll either build a whole new team or refer them to teams looking for players.”
All positions are required, and at least one team has a vacancy in the goalie position.
The tryout is set for Monday, Sept. 24. There is a registration and information session at 8:30 p.m., followed by on-ice drills and scrimmaging from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $10 per player to take part, and all candidates should come dressed in full gear.
The Rec League has 10 teams and play Mondays and Fridays at 8:15, 10 and 11:45 p.m. The A League has five or six teams, and plays Tuesdays at 10 p.m. at 11:45 p.m., and on alternate Saturdays and Sundays at 8:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. Rec players get 27 regular season games and playoffs, and the games start on Sept. 28. “A” players get 25 regular season games and playoffs, with the puck dropping on Oct. 2.
For more information or to pre-register for the tryout contact A League coordinator Ian Pike at 604-902-3786 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or Rec League coordinator Tim Houlihan at 604-905-8572 or email@example.com.
The Whistler Hockey Association is also looking for referees to come out for A League, Rec League and Women’s League games. If you have experience, contact Pike.
While most teams are still recruiting at this stage, the season got underway this past weekend at the Icebreaker Hockey Tournament featuring players from Whistler and Squamish. The Prospects Hockey Team took the win after four round robin games and a playoff. They finished in an 8-8 tie against Moe Joe’s in the final, then went on to win the shootout.