SCUGOG: The Scugog Men’s Hockey League celebrated their 35th anniversary with a gala event, on Saturday, April 1st.
At the event, held at the Scugog Community Centre, the league honoured the 13 players who have been participating in the league since its first year.
The Scugog Men’s Hockey League was created after Jim Grosvenor and Greg Heffering found a need for it in the local community.
“They took the initiative to canvas the local people in town, on if they would like to form a league, which they did. As a result of canvassing the local community, they wound up with enough players for six teams.” league member Carl Fitzgerald told The Standard.
The league replaced the old Port Perry contact hockey league.
"It had become defunct, and there was ice time available, so a non contact league started up,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.
The requirements to register as a member of the league are: You must be at least 21 years of age and you must be a resident of Scugog Township.
“This gave a place for guys to keep playing,” league member Jim Duncan told The Standard.
The league started with one division of six teams and has grown to three divisions and 20 teams. The league has a junior division, a senior division and a masters division.
"It expanded from 6 to 8 to 10 to 12 to 20 [teams] over the years and that allowed everybody to keep playing. Some people wouldn't have been playing if we hadn't formulated a masters division,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.
Over the years, the league has raised money for local charity organizations by holding fundraisers, such as their annual golf tournament and the yearly charity game between the Port Perry MoJacks and an alumni team from the Scugog Men’s Hockey League.