With our first official practice on November 11, our third season is officially underway! A record-tying 31 players hit the ice early in the morning to work on their skating and hockey skills. Coaches and junior coaches were also eager to hit the fresh ice, and with a warmer-than-usual temperature, a bit of fog on the rink added a challenge to the practice. Don't forget, Mercer Ice Rink is considered an outdoor rink, so parents please dress accordingly! If it gets too cold rinkside, you can always stay in the warm lounge area, although the view isn't quite as good.
A note on payments: New players do not need to provide payment until December 2, 2012. Existing players, please submit payment to Miss Cher or Mrs. Laura. The full season is $150, and for those paying session-to-session, the fee is $20.
Frankenfest was interrupted by Frankenstorm Sandy this year, but we still managed to get in a day's worth of games on Saturday! Teams from all over the NorthEast region came to Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange to compete with, and against each other. The Bulldogs teamed up with the Bucks County Admirals for one game, and also played against the Brick Stars in the afternoon. Thanks to the Dare Devils for providing refreshments for players and parents, and for organizing this fun event! Can't wait until next year!
Some Frankenfest action:
The deadline for ordering Bulldogs apparel is extended!! You now have until November 25, 2012 to place your orders. You can place orders here, or click on the "Team Apparel" link on the Bulldogs web site. All apparel should be delivered before the holidays to Coach Chris, and we will distribute them during a practice. The site offers a good variety of logowear, and they're great for holiday gifts (hint, hint!)
Please note that this does not include new player jerseys and "away" white jerseys - more on those below.
We are ordering black (home) Bulldog jerseys for new players - these are free for the new players, and typically arrive in January.
All players are welcome to order optional white (away) Bulldog jerseys. These are $55 each, and not just limited to players - parents, friends and family are welcome to order these, too.
The order deadline for white jerseys has been extended to December 2, 2012. Click here for details.
John, and his dad, Coach Sam, are second season Bulldogs. Following in his dad's "skate steps", John is practicing hard to improve his skating this year. When he's not carving up the ice, John goes to Mercerville Elementary School, and likes to play with numbers in math class. We asked him a few questions:
What is your favorite NHL team, and why?
The Flyers! They're my daddy's favorite team.
What is the best part about being a Bulldog?
I like being part of the team, and I like practicing and training hard, too.
What is most fun about hockey?
When I skate, I feel like I'm flying!
What coaches do you practice with?
Coach Brian and Daddy (Coach Sam) - it's fun!
What other sports or activities are you involved in?
Basketball and baseball. I like baseball most because I like getting players out and hitting the ball.
It is very important to make sure skates fit correctly and are laced up tight. Loose skates can stress ankles, leading to sprains or falls. If the player's ankles are bending inward, it is a good indication that the skates may not be tied tightly. Some times, this takes a bit of effort, and if you feel like you can't get them tight enough, try using an inexpensive lace tightener, or ask one of the senior or junior coaches for assistance.
Loose skates could also mean that the skates are too big. Skates are not sized the same as shoes, and manufacturers may vary. Ice skates should be 1 to 1.5 sizes smaller than the player's normal shoe size. For example, if the player wears a size 6 shoe, they may want to wear a size 4.5 skate for the best fit.
Sharpened skates are also critical for best performance. New skates are not sold sharpened, but can be sharpened at any rink or hockey store. Dull skates can lead to increased falling. Many professional players have their skates sharpened before every game, or even between periods! However, our Bulldogs likely only need to sharpen them at the beginning and middle of the season, or any time that the skates seem to feel dull. If you think the player's skates are dull, one of the coaches will be happy to take a look and lend their opinion. Sharpening can run around $5.00 per pair, depending on the rink or facility.
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