Ice Times

May 12th
Rob Jones
I know, I know. Kids hockey is done and those who prefer early ice times have their day in late spring and summer while kids are off doing other things and the 9:45pm ice times go away (mostly). But it’s killing my ability to get on the ice. Anyhow, I know it happens every year and the players who prefer early skates put up with late skates over fall and winter. Just wanted to air an opinion. It’d be cool if days could have a variety of times, if possible. Many days appear to begin now between 8 and 9. I just had to give up a net today because the ice time was changed from 9pm to 8pm. I know it’s primarily because the rink changes the scheduling. Been with JMS for 18 years now. Appreciate all you do!

May 13th
Rick Banaszewski Administrator
Hey Rob, I feel your pain on the early ice times. As nice as it is, kid's sports get in the way for me too at times. Our St. Thomas All level will remain at the 9:40 start for now and will actually move later in June and July, so that should be an option. The challenge is the rinks aren't filling ice times so they push us up to make sure their staff is not standing around for 1-2 hours while they wait for us. Us being flexible with them allows the favors to be returned when games don't fill and get canceled with no charge to us. Would an early morning game help you? I've had a few people ask about that option.

May 13th
Rob Jones
I have a late skate on Thursdays I have done for 17 years now at BIG. Whenever we have a week off, I try to pick up a net at St Thomas. Mornings are a no go, kids have school. Like I said, just being patient. I did sign up for the Sunday league, so that will be a little relief, paired with subbing in other leagues. Will live through it!

Jul 30th
Taylor Krier
Rick Would there be a chance that JMS would consider doing a early morning skate on a Saturday or Sunday if ice is available!!! I wonder if it would get enough people signed up?

Aug 1st
Rick Banaszewski Administrator
Hey Taylor, yes, we've talked about a morning skate and I know of a couple people who may be interested but that's about it so we've never moved forward with it. If you know of others, including goalies, let me know.

Aug 3rd
Daniel Medvec
I'd love a Saturday/Sunday AM skate. Been doing Burnsville drop in most Sunday mornings, but that ends after this weekend, and attendance has been hit or miss. A more consistent group would be great.

Aug 4th
Taylor Krier
Daniel do you know of any goalies and some players that would be interested?

Aug 4th
Daniel Medvec
Not any off the top of my head that would be for sure. I could kick the idea around this Sunday. There are two goalies that pretty regularly play the Burnsville Sunday AM game (along with myself). One of them has a private skate that I think starts up in a month or so on Sunday mornings tho.

Aug 15th
Taylor Krier
Dan if you guys ever need skaters for that private skate I’d be interested in skating

Aug 16th
Daniel Medvec
I'm not part of the private skate. I usually just play the drop-in Burnsville has that is after their skate

Aug 26th
Rick Banaszewski Administrator
Daniel - any luck finding others interested in a morning skate? Is a Friday morning an option for anyone? St. Thomas may have some ice but we would need a large pool to pull from and ideally have a full group fully committed to most weeks.

Aug 26th
Daniel Medvec
I've mentioned it to people but I haven't really gotten any kind of concrete feedback. Friday AM would be a no go for me tho. It'd need to be Sat/Sun.

Aug 29th
Rick Banaszewski Administrator
Okay, thanks for putting the word out.