The final count for teams this season is eleven, as the Rage entry came up just short. We'll have five time slots each Saturday with start times
ranging from 5:45 to 9:45. That means that one team per week will recieve a bye, starting with the Clappers this week. The first six weeks of the schedule are now posted.
We are off for the Thanksgiving weekend (Oct 8th), but it looks like we may have to play on at least one of the other holidays (Remembrance Day - Nov 12th weekend or
Family Day - Feb 11th weekend). I will take a poll of the clubs and see what the preference is.
The season format will see all teams starting in the same pool and be separated into the two divisions after the first couple months of action.
Teams will play each member of the other division once only with the balance of the schedule to come against your own divisional opponents.
Designated League Goaltenders
The league will continue with a pilot project from last season involving designated "League Goaltenders". As we all know, goalies are
vital to our ability to play games and they can be somewhat difficult to come across when the need arises on short notice. This season we will have a pair of keepers
that will be available to all teams to use without burning up your one single "Emergency" use of a goaltender off of another team's roster. They will have an (LG) next
to their name in the stats denoting their special status, allowing them to play for any team that comes looking. If you run into trouble, don't hesitate to give them a call!
The first week of the NWBHL season went off without a hitch... well, almost. The annual opening night Arenex staffing mix-up did delay our
ball-drop by a few minutes, but once we got going we saw four pretty entertaining games, with the Mercenaries, Clappers, and Pirates earning wins and the Outsiders firing a last-minute
tying goal to salvage a point against the Panthers. The first two games of the evening were recorded and you can view them here:
The schedule for week 2 (as well as the next several weeks), will be posted Tuesday evening. One team that is still working on finalizing their entry and the final decision
is to be made that night. The other teams that were off last week will also be making their season debuts.