December 18, 2017

Dates for Stanley Stick set: report

In the absence of any meaningful games the past two weeks, has learned some key dates for Sunday Morning Road Hockey events.

The Stanley Stick will be contested April 29 and May 6. That’s the same time frame as last season, when the championship window was extended a week as a result of the extended mid-season hiatus because of snow and ice on the court.

A source close to the league said the early designation for the two-game championship series that concludes the road hockey season should give roadsters plenty of advance notice for vacation planning and child birth. Recent Stanley Sticks have been plagued by indifferent attendance due to conflicts with booked vacations and poorly-timed pregnancies.

Previously the dates for the Stanley Stick haven’t been announced until February or March.

“Most employers require employees to book their vacation time early in the new year,” said the source. “Now roadsters will know with certainty when not to take their vacation.”

The dates also avoid conflicts with other events that could affect attendance, such as the Vancouver Sun Run on April 22 and Mother’s Day on May 13. While the former hasn’t had a huge impact on the Stick, some roadsters have used their participation in the annual 10km run to miss key late-season games; others, like Lak Attack and Beckenbauer, have famously made it to the game after completing the downtown event.

“The two Sundays in between those days are pretty much the last free stretch for an unhindered Stanley Stick,” said the source. “If we wait beyond those dates we start to run into long weekends and summer holidays.”

After a dismal turnout of only four roadsters Sunday, the league is now on a two-week break to allow players to enjoy the holiday season without fear of the sting of the evil orange plastic ball. The season resumes Jan. 7 with the annual Shrimp Ring Bowl, the highlight of Sunday Morning Road Hockey’s social calendar.

Posted by jaysuburb at December 18, 2017 07:53 PM

SRB is today! Game on!
Plenty enough to have a game!
Doo, Lak, Scoob, Legend, Colonel, etc

Posted by: The Colonel at January 7, 2018 09:48 AM

Will there tomorrow with goalie gear if need be! I like seeing the alternative world lol!

Posted by: lakattack at January 6, 2018 04:29 PM

I prefer seeing you all in the hockey world...I ll be there on Sunday! And so will Doo I believe.

Posted by: Scooby at January 5, 2018 04:36 PM

suggest postponing SRB...? total selfish reason, but i'm fighting a shitty ass cold. Might be better by sunday, but with weather also looking pretty crappy, i doubt i'll risk making this sinus blast worse :/. If not, sorry I won't be able to make it, have fun! (All three of you hee hee)

Posted by: pfg at January 5, 2018 12:30 PM

Crap, Doo looks more scared as he's waiting to be called to the dais than when he's heading into the corner against you, Colonel! Remember, SRB is Sunday; shrimp ring and cocktail sauce have been acquired!

Posted by: Living Legend at January 4, 2018 07:26 PM

Real-life people??? No way!

Posted by: The Colonel at January 4, 2018 12:42 PM

In another chapter of "roadsters are real-life people?" - check out the photo:

Posted by: Doo at January 2, 2018 10:12 AM

I'm planning on making the shrimp ring. So we'll have one goalie at least :)

Posted by: pfg at December 27, 2017 01:34 PM

See you at the Shrimp Ring and happy holidays!

Posted by: The Colonel at December 19, 2017 06:44 PM

Haha love the post! I wonder who the source could be...

Wise advance planning for the Stick. See you all at the Shrimp Ring!

Posted by: Doo at December 19, 2017 11:10 AM