This Week in SCOHA – March 24th, 2020

Circling the Drain Edition

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Speaking of flattening the plank, Intermediate Flyers captain Dave Wichman took to social media this afternoon to scold his teammates for eating doughnuts. This non-essential snack seemed to get under Wichman’s skin as he tries to keep his club ready for the continuation of the Scoha playoffs, if there is one. Apparently the States will be 100% up and running by Easter weekend so the world will be perfect again. Speaking of perfect again, our cub reporter Guy Shaver, who has been camped out at the arena since this whole Corona thing started, has asked to go home. I just left the rink and Guy just finished packing up his Coleman stove and is heading home. He said he was looking forward to drawing a bath then relaxing for a few days. He said a bat scared him last night. He stood on his folding chair and tried to shoo it away with his 6ft. hockey stick he used for social distancing. We thank Guy for braving the elements on behalf of the league. One hell of a Guy.

At any rate, SCOHA is still tucked away until further notice. Masters Sharks goalie Brian Deanes is keeping his eye/hand coordination in check by catching flies with a pair of chopsticks. I am literally holding a paper towel on my ear to stop the bleeding as I got too close with my razor while I type with my right hand.

As you know, the tournament is canceled. Rumour has it, one of the U.S. teams were stacked with ex-nhl-ers like Pat LaFontaine, Mike Modano, Brett Hull and goaltender Mike Richter so no other team stood a chance anyway, so there!

Well this update is short and sweet, to the point. Have a great rest of the week, gang…

Chris Marttila

This Week in SCOHA – March 21st, 2020

PHYSICAL DISTANCING EDITION (formerly social distancing, formerly get the F away from me, you creep.)

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Now that 10% of us have hit rock bottom and have started doing puzzles, it’s time for an update on what we believe many of you are up to as we crawl through this pandemic salivating for the smell of Zamboni fumes and Joe Lociccero’s Rub A535 knee ointment. Oh, and don’t worry, we will have a Guy Shaver update…

League is at more of a standstill than a concrete fence post. The whole shebang is chained up as there is no light at the end of the tunnel any time soon. Players are growing beards just because. Masters division grit-grinder Ed Walton is going to grow a covid beard starting next week. He will give the ZZ Top beards a run for their money… Stars Chris Barratto is learning quilting after the magnets wore out on his electronic dart board.

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This Week in SCOHA – March 18th, 2020


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Well we all have hope the season will finish but from this end of the ice, it doesn’t look good. More cases than Budweiser has ever seen, people travelling here while infected with the coronies, who know’s what will happen next. My cat Nuffers sneezed the other night, we put her in quarantine for 8 minutes, good luck trying to get a mask on her. Anyways, trying to predict when we will play again is like trying to row a kayak in a hurricane.

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This Week in SCOHA – March 15th, 2020


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For the many fans that showed up to watch the Junior Division games Friday night, you left the rink wondering if there will be any more hockey for a while. Sure enough, the city pulled the plug on our playoffs by shutting arenas and all other rec centres. Now we have to binge-watch 8 seasons of whatever the hell it’s called until the arena lights go on again. Never mind asking if your buddy left the fan on, we all need to make sure the hands are washed so we don’t spread the coronies off to another person. Anyways, let’s look at Friday’s action on a night where all teams skated their legs into the ground. On Saturday morning, here wasn’t a thigh without rub a535 on it from what I’ve been hearing. Oh, and my game sheets are in lockdown in the locker at the rink so bear with me for this blog…

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Note from President Terry Gudgeon

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In the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19) , the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre, along with all City of Hamilton Facilities, will be closed until further notice effective March 15th, 2020.

Hello Executive Members , Team Captains and SCOHA members:

As President, I wanted to reach out to each of you at this troubling and uncertain time that we are all facing together.  I am sure each of us have been watching and listening to the news intently every day and raising our anxiety levels and beyond. 

As this is the end of March, we need to act responsibly and listen to what the health professionals advise us all to do so that we can get past this pandemic.  Right at the moment, I do not want to do any knee jerk reactions regarding the 2020 playoffs.  Right now it is a wait and see for not just for SCOHA but for everyone.  Trust me I am very concerned.

We have talked about a few scenarios to finish the playoffs. When the Quad reopen even in June or July. (hope not this long)

One plan is Junior play Semi final one Friday then Championship the next Friday. Int. and masters play final 1st round game on a Friday, semi final on Saturday and Championship on the Sunday. (finish the playoffs in one weekend)

This is just one suggestion, When we get the all clear to resume play , all team captains will be asked for their input.

Please practice social distancing to the fullest degree.  Please stay safe and healthy.  I hope to be able to see everyone in the near future.  We will get through this together.


This Week in SCOHA – March 11th, 2020

Unpeel the Onion

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The playoffs are starting to separate the men from the boys as the round robin games are winding down. Some teams already have the golfclubs shined up while others are reaching their potential last game of the season. There are no Intermediate or Master’s games this weekend so the days will go by slower than a snail climbing a fence until next Sunday. It's good to hear injured players are doing ok, thanks for updating us, we all care...

Let’s unpeel the onion from the week that was in the booming metropolis of Scohaville.

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This Week in SCOHA – March 2nd, 2020

Eating breakfast at the international house of panic

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Record crowds came out this past weekend for some good ol’ SCOHA playoff hockey. Fans didn’t leave disappointed as several teams amped things up to stay in the hunt for the cup while the usual dominating teams are now eating breakfast at the international house of panic. Let’s get right to business and recap the action that was.

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This Week in SCOHA – February 19th, 2020

Shoveling sand at the swim-up bar

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For the Masters Division, the 2nd season starts this weekend. The other 2 divisions wrap up regular play this weekend to solidify their positions in the standings. I will be busy shoveling sand for a week in the sun but will anxiously await the results poolside…. Let’s unpeel the onion from last weeks action down at the Mohawk Quad so we can all get a good night’s sleep tonight.

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This Week in SCOHA – February 11th, 2020

Crawling from the Wreckage

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Well, several teams have pushed all their chips into the middle and are ready for playoff action while some teams are still trying to shake the rust off from the summer. It’s still early…
Let’s sort through the wreckage from last week’s action down at the ol’ Scoha Olympia. Warning: Some items up for discussion may cause nausea, nosebleeds, and explosive diarh… you get the idea.

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