As most everyone has experienced at some point, construction tasks seem to take longer than expected and generally along the way, there are hitches, glitches and delays. The rink renovation project is no exception. The latest word is the renovations won't begin until the end of August and hope to be completed by the first week in September. Unfortunately, this is not a local construction company delay this time, but the manufacturer of the new boards has delayed shipment and construction.
With that being the case, our fall 2014 season will be delayed. Although we had anticipated a start of August 16th, construction is set to begin shortly after that, so after much thought and discussion, we have decided to delay the start of evaluations and the season. Having been involved in this industry for more than 20 years, I know the new surface will change the way players skate, stop, stick handle and shoot. So, to evaluate new players, or even transitional players before the new surface is complete will be a disservice to the league and the equality of team selections.
As soon as I have a firm grasp on when the new season's evaluations will begin, I will be sure to let everyone know. We will try to schedule some pick-up games for anyone that would be interested in playing. Please stay tuned for pickup game times and information.
If you have any questions about the fall season, please feel free to contact Matt Hackett, the league hockey director at LEAGUE@CHILLHOCKEY.ORG