Adult recreation hockey league being formed in Airdrie
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:28 am
Recreation hockey players who don’t want to drive to arenas in Calgary in the winter now have a local league they can play in.
The Airdrie Recreation Hockey Association will be taking to the ice starting on Sept. 29, with local hockey organizer Joey Calvitti serving as the league’s president.
“Having a league like this in Airdrie is something that has been talked about for a while, but it’s really picked up since the new twin arenas went in at Genesis Place last fall,” Calvitti said.
“A lot of people approached me to start up a league here, especially since I’ve been involved with the Cross Check Cancer Hockey Tournament in Calgary for the last three years, so I decided to go ahead and do it.”
“A lot of the planning for this league started in May, and now that the summer is winding down, everything’s starting to kick into high gear when it comes to getting things ready,” he added.
Calvitti is looking for 10 teams with a roster of 15 to 17 players for the ARHA’s first season, which will hold its games at Genesis Place Recreation Centre and the Ron Ebbesen Arena every Monday to Thursday with games starting at 10 p.m.
“We’ve got eight teams registered already and we are looking for two more, in addition to a list of free agents that we have lined up for guys that are just looking to join a team,” Calvitti said.
“I think the biggest drawing point for everyone that has signed up so far is just how close they are from the rink to their house, as it’s really just a five-minute drive there and back for the players,” he added.
“It’s different from playing in Calgary where you have to drive at least a half hour there and back, and that’s not including the time spent getting ready or hanging out with the guys afterwards.”
All players in the league have to be over the age of 18, and although the league is based in Airdrie, Calvitti said that those who live in outlying communities like Crossfield and Irricana can take part as well.
“In the long-term, we would love to see this league grow into a community league that bring local hockey players together,” Calvitti said.
“We’ve already had teams and players who have had to register for their leagues in Calgary months in advance saying that they want to join us next year, and that’s something we’re excited about already.”
The season will last from the end of September until April, with the cost per player ranging from the $500 to $600 range, depending on how many players are on a team.
For more information on the league, including exact fees for players and teams, contact Calvitti at 403-369-6157 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org