Women’s hockey league starts seventh season in Vail Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
Lace up your skates and tape your stick because training clinics for the seventh season of WECMRD’s Mountain Women’s Hockey League have started and continue through Nov. 1.
These clinics are a great way for novices to learn hockey skills and more experienced players to get in shape for the season.
Training clinics are on Saturday or Sunday evenings at either the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink or the Dobson Ice Arena and will cover specific topics during each session like skating skills, shooting, offensive and defensive positioning. A complete schedule is available at http://www.wecmrd.org.
At the end of the training camps, teams of approximately-equal ability are formed that play each other during the season. The teams will be formed from a draft of all players by coaches and captains from each team. Players should be registered by November 1st to be included in the team draft.
The seventh season of Mountain Women’s Hockey League also brings a new format to league play. In addition to adding a sixth team, the league will try to limit the number of players to 13 per team, increasing the amount of ice time for each player.
The Mountain Women’s Hockey League, for players ages 18 and over (sometimes way over), uses the ice rinks in Eagle and Vail for both practices and games from October through April. Players of all ability levels are welcome in the league. Games will occur mostly on Sunday evenings, with an occasional game on Saturday evening. More practice sessions have also been scheduled through out the season in response to players’ requests.
League teams are sponsored by area businesses and include First Bank Checkers, Gore Range Brewery Brewsers, Benderly Economic Eagles, Buckhorn Valley Wild, Sandbar Sports Grill Shooters, and a sixth team as yet to be named. The MWHL also receives support from George Shaeffer Construction.
Coaching and instruction are an important part of the league, and volunteer coaches help to develop skills and team play through practice sessions and games throughout the season.
A tournament at the end of the season determines the overall league champion team. Awards are also given for individual achievements.This season, the Buckhorn Valley Wild will try to defend its tournament championship trophy.