To The Nittany Hockey League Website.
I Edition 1
purpose of our league is to provide the adults of this community
the opportunity to participate as gentlemen and ladies in friendly
although competitive ice hockey, with the primary purpose of exercise
and the pure enjoyment of playing hockey " just for the fun
of it ". The Nittany Hockey League had its beginning Christmas
Eve 1980. An outgrowth of several parent/ youth ice hockey games
sponsored by the State College Youth Hockey Association. During
these games a number of parents enjoyed themselves so much that
they wanted to get together and have pick-up games among themselves.
The opportunity presented itself about 5:00 P.M. Christmas Eve
1980. After a youth hockey game, about 20 adults without any equipment
rented the outdoor ice from the University, chose teams and played
"shinny" for about an hour. I remember it was snowing,
and the puck frequently would burrow under the snow on long passes
and become lost altogether. Despite the obstacles, a good time
was had by all and several more games were held. The next season
the enthusiasm was even greater as Penn State opened the new indoor
rink. Waiting for the completion of the rink, the season was delayed.
We began by inviting all interested parties and then divided the
group into three teams according to the color of the jersey that
was worn. Red, White, and Blue. these three teams were shortly
joined by a fourth team in Green, schedules were drawn and we
were underway. No referees, no face offs. Everyone was on the
honor system acknowledging our own sins by surrendering the puck
to the opposing team. Real ladies and gentlemen. Today we have
grown into eleven teams, playing in two divisions; a competitive
division and a not quite so competitive division. While there
is no question that the most skilled players play in the competitive
division, and the least skilled players compete in the less competitive
division, the division one plays in is primarily by choice and
opportunity. About eighty percent of the players in each division
are pretty equal in ability.
The only mandatory
equipment are certified facemasks, helmets and hockey skates -
no other skates are permitted and helmets and masks are required
by rink regulations. However, it is strongly recommended that
player's dress as fully equipped as practical. In order of importance
it is felt the following are advisable: 1) Shinguards, 2) Cup,
3) Elbow pads, 4) Hockey gloves, 5) Padded hockey pants, 6) Shoulder
pads. All games shall be played according to the AHAUS rules with
the following exception: Body checking! Because players vary widely
in both completeness of equipment and in levels of skill, body
checking, is not permitted.
Do I Get Involved!
The cost is currently
about $6.50 per game. However you can't pay per game. Each team
member is assessed an amount to cover the season, with most teams
collecting the bill in two portions. The cost does vary with the
team you play for because each team is regarded as a club and,
within guidelines, is free to manage their own affairs. Each team
must have a minum of 13 players and a maximum of 20 active players.
Because each team is assessed the cost of ice time, referees,
plus incidentals such as pucks; you can understand that it costs
less when the bill is divided by 20 than when it is divided by
13. But then you get a lot less ice (playing time). Our seasonal
play begins the second Saturday after Labor Day and runs to the
Sunday before Easter. This season each team should play 35 games
and the team cost should be $3,675ºº. Therefor, if you
are on a team with a 20 player roster your cost would be $5.25
per game. If you team only has 13 players the cost would be $8.10.
Most teams tend to carry a roster of about 16, where the cost
would be $6.55 per game. Now you knew that ice hockey was not
a inexpensive sport, didn't you?
If you are unsure
if this is for you. The best bet may be to wait until the season
is underway, and then watch a game or two until you make up your
mind. We play three games Saturday mornings 6:30 am until 10 am,
three games Sunday night 8:30 pm until midnight, and one game
most Tuesday evenings from 9:00 to 10 pm. However, if you wait
to long the rosters may all be filled. Once you decide, you can
either approach the captain or another team member, or fill out
the registration form which you will find in adobe acrobat (pdf)
format at the bottom of the page and e-mail to the Commish @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there is an opening a team captain will contact you. if all
rosters are full the Commish will let you know and you will be
placed on a waiting list.