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SDOHL Summer 2016 Registration Now Open

Posted at 03/17/16 - 12:43 PM

Registration for our Social Over 40 League is now open for the upcoming Summer 2016 season.  Players born in 1976 (1981 for goalies) or earlier are eligible to play. 

The Social Over 40 league is open to players of all skill levels and will play on Monday and Thursday nights.  

There are new player openings available.

For further details check under the Social Over 40 league pages on this web site or contact John Ling at or 303-502-4544..

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SDOHL 6th Annual Awards Night

From May 24, 2015

Wednesday, May 4th, Bout Time Pub & Grub

Social Over 40 League members celebrated a very successful 2015-16 Fall/Winter hockey season.  Over 80 attendees packed into Bout Time Pub & Grub, Sheridan, CO. (at Riverpoint) for the Annual Awards Night celebration.

On behalf of the league SDOHL Commissioner, John Ling, thanked Mark Earnest and his staff at Foothills Ice Arena, Ashley Countryman and Megan Cronin who handled league scorekeeping, Gretchen Winters, our photographer, and Mike O’Connor and his crew of officials from the Colorado Ice Hockey Referees Associations (CIHRA).

Additionally John thanked all of the team captains for helping organize the league and provide on ice leadership.  Steve Riegel, Centerline Solutions, Wayne Faust, Pickleheads, Jay Rohrer, Keith Young, Clockwork Orange, Bernie Lafleur, Red Rocks Rangers, Steve Terlecki, Dino Hacker, Last Gasp, Garrett Ladd, Jeff Pershin, Bout Time Pub & Grub, Jim Maroney, Faction Media, Eliot Payson, Coyotes, Steve and Taylor Erickson, Osh Kosh Noodle, and Marty Richardson, Jon Meredith, Old Dawgs. 

Each of the SDOHL team captains presented a Highly Valuable Player (HVP) Award to a player on their team.  The HVP award exemplifies sportsmanship, competitiveness, and dedication to improvement and effort in support of their team.

This year’s Social league team recipients were Bill Claveau, Centerline Solutions, Dean Johnson Jr., Pickleheads, Jay Herman, Clockwork Orange, Ben Jenkins, Red Rocks Rangers, Shailen Bhatt, Last Gasp, Adam Berger, Tarpon Energy, Bob Desmond, Bout Time, Troy Stonehocker, Faction Media, Mark Rodenberg, Coyotes, Kevin Long, Osh Kosh Noodle, and Jon Meredith, Old Dawgs. 

From Awards Party May 2016
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The Al Sterner Goaltender Trophy was presented to Brian Long of Osh Kosh Noodle.  Brian played all 20 regular season games with a league leading goals against average of 1.40 goals per game, a 92.6 save percentage, and six shutouts.

From Awards Party May 2016

Further individual awards were presented to;

Laura Brown of Faction Media for the Top Playmaker Award.  Laura led the league with 16 assists in 17 games played.

From Awards Party May 2016

John Matthew of Faction Media for the Top Goal Scorer and Total Points Award.  John led the league with 24 goals and overall points with 38 in 18 games played.

From Awards Party May 2016

Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Award

Jack Kelly, who was a good friend and team mate of many SDOHL members passed away over five years ago.  At that time, Mike Slouka requested the league dedicate a trophy in his memory to a player exemplifying sportsmanship, competitiveness, and fairness.

Garrett Ladd presented the Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Award to this year’s recipient, Dave Dunbar.  

From Awards Party May 2016


SDOHL Social Over 40 League Championship Cup

John Ling presented the Championship Cup to Garrett Ladd and Jeff Pershin, co-captains of Bout Time Pub & Grub.  The fifth seed of eleven teams entering the double elimination playoff tournament Bout Time went on to win five of six games in the Double Elimination Tournament.  A picture slideshow of the Championship game is available on our 2015-16 Photos page.

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Congratulations to Jim Bacon, Matt Cannon, Dan Delange, Bob Desmond, Dave Dunbar, Cliff Hall, Steve Kyelberg, Garrett Ladd, Joe Mahoney, Jason Martinez, Rich Parker, Jeff Pershin, Mark Riedel, Rod Scully, Gordon Sobering, and Keith Worfolk.



Pickleheads Prevail!

From Social Over 40 League Summer 2015 Championship

Pickleheads take summer championoship game 4-2 over Clockwork Orange.

The SDOHL Social Over 40 League summer 2015 season came to a close with a deciding game on September 3rd.  Clockwork Orange had forced the matter with an 8-5 win over the Pickleheads just 72 hours earlier.

Clockwork had faced elimination in that contest having already lost 5-2 to the Pickleheads in the double elimination championship tournament.

The final was more of what is expected in a winner take-all game.  Both teams came out cautiously in the first period exchanging just 11 shots on goal. Both goalies, Craig Zulauf of the Pickleheads and Dave Walters of Clockwork Orange looked sharp, neither wanting a repeat of the goalfest of the previous game.

Picklehead's Ian Campbell drew first blood with an unassisted goal near the four minute mark of the second period.  He tallied his second goal four minutes later.

Clockwork Orange stormed back early in the third period with Erik Mathews scoring just 8 seconds after the puck dropped.  Picklehead's Campbell struck again for his third goal completing his hat trick three minutes later.

Clockwork continued to press and were rewarded with captain Jay Rohrer's goal with seven minutes left.  Both teams turned it up for the finish.

With the pressure mounting Clockwork pulled goalie Walters in favor of a sixth attacker and despite great pressure were turned away by a stout defense and steady goaltending from Zulauf.  

Dan Bitondo of the PIckleheads iced the victory with an empty net goal with just 22 seconds remaining.

Congratulations to both teams for a thrilling final and to captain Jim Maroney and the Pickleheads on their championship.

Gretchen Winters captured some of the game action.

Chien Wins Again!
From Select League 2014-15 Championship Game
Chien Bizarre defeats the Knights 2-1 in the Select Over 40 League championship game.
"It's not how you start, it's how you finish".   The 2015 Winter season was not always kind to captain Rodney Saunders and his team.  Chien Bizarre started the season 0-3 failing to win a game back in January.  
However the team caught fire in February eventually finishing the season with a .500 record and third seed in the playoff tournament for the Select Over 40 League Championship Bowl.
Chien Bizarre's playoff tournament started with a 3-2 loss to their arch rivals, the Knights, who had also beaten them twice in the regular season.
In the final game of the playoff tournament Chien found themselves behind in a wild game with the fourth seeded Over 40's.   After letting a first period 3-0 lead turn into a 5-3 deficit early in the third period, Chien's Bern Levesque struck for two goals in the last five minutes of regulation.
Levesque's second goal was scored while the team was shorthanded, with 55 seconds left on the clock.  This set the stage for Barkley Sive to end it at 1:09 of 
overtime propelling Chien into the championship game against the Knights.
The Knights had finished the playoff tournament undefeated playing very solid defensively.  Their goaltender, Jason Cooper, had yielded only 9 goals throughout.
This set the stage for a memorable championship game.  The Knights set the tone of the game coming out strong offensively, peppering Chien's goalkeeper Dave Maney with shots.  Maney was equal to the task turning away all opportunities but one on a goal by Bernie Lafleur at 9:40 in the first period.
The game settled in and while the second period was action packed there was no scoring and no penalties.  
This pattern continued in the third with Dave Maney the busiest player on the ice as Chien killed off two minor penalties in the first ten minutes.  In fact it looked
like the Knights lead, though just one goal, might be enough.
But great teams are resilient teams and Chien Bizarre found a way to win.  Chris Politzki tied the game with just inside of five minutes left and Tony Thielen became the hero scoring the winner with just over two minutes left.

From Select League 2014-15 Championship Game
Old Dawgs Shoot the Moon
From April 18, 2015

Go 5-0 in winning their second Social Over 40 League Championship

The SDOHL Social Over 40 League season drew to a close last Thursday night with the Old Dawgs completing the post season double elimination tournament with a hard fought 3-2 win over their remaining rival, the Pickleheads.

The Old Dawgs started strong with two goals in the first five minutes by David Dain and Tim Dick.  The Pickleheads roared back in the next five minutes with tallies from Jim Moffat and Tom Puschak.  As is often the case the game settled down after that in what became a tight checking contest with limited scoring chances.  

Erik Mathews of the Old Dawgs scored what turned out to be the winner at 5:23 of the second period on a nice setup from Marty Richardson.  The two goalies, Shaun Kenney of the Old Dawgs, and Kandice Meyer of the Pickleheads, shut down the shooters the rest of the way.

Greg Clinard, co-captain of the Old Dawgs with Marty Richardson, accepted the Social Over 40 League Championship Cup from League Commissioner, John Ling.  Ling noted that this was Old Dawgs second cup win, having taken the championship in the Social league inaugural season 2010-11.   

From April 18, 2015

Wayne Faust, captain of the PIckleheads, was disappointed but gracious in defeat.  His team finished the regular season in first place of the nine team Social league, but just could not overcome the Old Dawgs who beat them twice in the double elimination tournament.

Gretchen Winters captured some of the sights on game night.

Chien Bizarre wins Select League Fall Championship

From Select League Fall 2014 Championship

Levesque scores five goals in 10-3 rout over Faction Media

Chien Bizarre capped off a first place regular season finish with a 6-3 semi-final victory 

over the Over 40’s then pounding the overmatched Faction Media team 10-3 in 

the fall season championship.

Faction, with an upset win over the second place Knights in the semi-final, simply had 

no answer for the offensive onslaught of the euphemistic Crazy Dogs. 

After Thad Jacobs scored the opener for Faction early in the first period, Bern Levesque 

and company went to work quickly dashing any hopes of an upset.  Levesque scored 

five of the next six goals for Chien, Tim Hammil’s goal breaking up what would have 

been a natural umbrella trick producing a 6-1 score at the four minute mark of the 


The teams traded goals for the remainder of the second, Rodney Saunders and Keith 

Horstman scoring for Chien, Jacobs (his second of the game) and Jamison Wise for 

Faction Media.  Horstman and Sandy Pryor added goals in the third for Chien before the 

final buzzer brought this one mercifully to an end.

Pictures courtesy of Gretchen Winters.

Clockwork Orange Wins Second Summer Championship

From Social League Summer 2014 Championship


Clockwork Orange prevailed 4-3 over Osh Kosh Noodle on Brian Sherry’s shoot out goal after a classic battle through regulation and overtime.

The Social Over 40 League’s two top teams faced off in the summer season’s championship game and the result could not have been closer. 

Osh Kosh Noodle, led by the Erickson brothers, Steve and Taylor, had an almost unblemished season taken to overtime only once in the regular season and undefeated in the playoff round robin tournament with a stingy defense and solid goaltending allowing an average of just one goal per game. 

Clockwork Orange had fallen 6-3 and 4-3 in two prior matches to Osh Kosh. The first period in their 4-3 loss had been their undoing letting in four goals, captain Garrett Ladd knew they could not afford to let this happen again if they hoped to win. 

Despite missing one of their key players, Matt Cannon, Clockwork Orange brought their A game and what ensued was a tight checking first period which ended scoreless. 

Osh Kosh Noodle’s Dave Peters drew first blood scoring early in the second. However, Clockwork answered with goals from Bob Desmond and Garrett Ladd later in the period giving Clockwork a 2-1 lead going into the third period. 

Osh Kosh came out gunning in the third but could not solve Clockwork goaltender Steve Kyelberg until Lon Sears finally tied the game at 2-2 just after the halfway point.  Clockwork’s Brian Sherry looked to have the winner scoring with just 2:25 left in the game however Osh Kosh got the equalizer from Jim Miles just 25 seconds later. 

The five minute overtime period proved inconclusive leading to a five man shootout to decide things. Both goaltenders, Vince Sciandra for Osh Kosh and Steve Kyelberg for Clockwork came up big stopping nine of ten opportunities. Clockwork’s Brian Sherry scored the lone goal to give them the win and championship accolades. 

Congratulations to Matt Cannon, Larry Chaney, Bob Desmond, John Dickinson, Mike Ernstsen, Cliff Hall, Bill Kirshner, Steve Kyelberg, Garrett Ladd, Fred Larochelle, Joe Mahoney, Jason Martinez, Rich Parker, Jeff Pershin, Brian Sherry, and Al Zuckerman. 

Gretchen Winters captured some of the championship game action. 


 Faction Media Wins Select League Summer Championship

From Select League Summer 2014

Faction Media swept the round robin series with their Select League rivals going 4-0 over the playoffs. 

Behind the steady goaltending of Steve Rupp, Faction defeated a gritty Biggie Wine & Liquor team 6-4 in the championship game.

Faction got goals from Andy Karofsky, Todd Harvey, John Forney (2), Matt Bitter, and Rusty Scott.  Forney’s second goal, with 14 seconds remaining in the game, was in an empty net as Biggie had pulled their netminder, Tim Havens, for a sixth attacker and a chance to send the game into overtime.

Biggie goal scorers were Rick Giampietro, Todd Haver, Jamison Wise, and Bill Veltri.  Veltri’s goal at 13:10 of the third period guaranteed an exciting ending.

Gretchen Winters captured some of the action.

Pickleheads Relish Victory!

The Pickleheads defeated Clockwork Orange 2-1 to claim the SDOHL Championship Cup for the Social league’s fall/winter 2013-14 season.

From Social League Fall/Winter 2014 Championship Game

The final game between two very similar teams was a very close competitive contest with exciting action at both ends of the rink. 

Ty Countryman opened the scoring for the Pickleheads with just 15 seconds left in the first, assists going to Jim Moffat and Tom Puschak.

In the second a clearing attempt by Pickleheads goalie, Tim Kmetz, was intercepted by Clockwork Orange defenseman Matt Cannon.  Kmetz was able to block Cannon’s point shot but Joe Mahoney was lurking in front of the net and netted the rebound at 10:20.

The third period featured some great action with both teams pressing for the win.  A penalty to Chris Valdez of the Pickleheads for tripping with just 55 seconds left seemed to provide the opportunity that Clockwork Orange was waiting for.  Clockwork loaded up their power play and forced Kmetz to make a number of key saves.

Jim Moffat, Pickleheads defenseman, turned the tables on Clockwork when he gained control of the puck inside the Picklehead zone then skated the length of the ice before ripping a hard shot from the top of the circle past Clockwork goalie, Steve Kyelberg, and into the top corner of the net.  There were just 19 seconds left on the clock.

Clockwork pressed hard for the final seconds but time ran out on their bid to force the Pickleheads to a final game. 

The Pickleheads went 5-0 in the playoffs defeating Clockwork Orange twice.  Clockwork had a good run at 3-2 losing only to the PIckleheads. 

Gretchen Winters captured some of the action. 

Over 40’s Win Select League Championship

From Select League 2013-14 Championship

The Over 40’s never trailed as they defeated Team Brew NQ 2-0 to take the Over 40 Select League Championship Bowl for the Fall/Winter 2013-14 season.

Paced by goals from Captain Dan Barrett on a wicked point shot 17 seconds into the second period and an insurance marker by Ben Little just over five minutes into the third, the Over 40’s played solid defensive hockey limiting Team Brew NQ to just 22 shots on goalie Tim Havens who registered his first shutout of the post season.

The Over 40’s went 4-0 in the playoffs with wins over Biggie Wine & Liquors 5-3, Team Brew NQ 4-3 in a shootout, Chien Bizarre 3-1, and Team Brew NQ 2-0 in the final.

Team Brew NQ, despite losing twice to the Over 40’s, had a good run in the playoffs defeating last year’s championship team, Chien Bizarre, 6-2 and the regular season first place team, the Bushwhackers 5-1.

Gretchen Winters captured some of the sights and scenes at the championship game.

An Exhibition of Hockey

From Colorado Mavericks Trip to Ontario, Canada

Denver players travel to Ontario, Canada to play.

Mike Fisher loves hockey, a game he grew up with in Cleveland, Ohio where his father was a sports writer covering the Barons of the American Hockey League.  Mike plays and follows teams with interest but his further passion is helping preserve the game.  Mike is a volunteer and patron of the Hockey Hall of Fame and spends a week every year working at the HHOF archive facility in west Toronto.

Last February Mike contacted me out of the blue.

“I’m told that you are the guy to talk to about Over 40 hockey players,” he said.  From there he unraveled a vision he shared with a contact he had in Newmarket, Ontario (approximately 40 miles north of Toronto) to have players, aged 60 and over, travel from Denver to Toronto/Newmarket to play not a tournament but in “an exhibition of hockey”.

“I’m not eligible I told him, I’m only 59.”

“Not a problem, we’ve seen you play,” he assured me.

I didn’t commit to the trip at that point but I think Mike knew that it would be increasingly difficult for a Toronto native not to find an excuse to play.  The timely birth of my first grandson in Toronto sealed the deal, I was in.

Mike set about making his vision a reality.  Armed with information on air fares, car rentals, and hotel costs he persuaded six players to make the trip.  Along with Mike were Bill Husson, Dave Lyons, Rick Milauskas, Todd Schuman, Greg Stultz and myself.

Collaborating in Ontario with Larry Smart and Lloyd Chambers, Mike arranged a four game schedule.  Two 3 on 3 games at the specially designed ice surface at Newmarket Arena and two regular games in nearby Aurora and Sharon, Ontario.  We borrowed a goalie and additional players from local leagues as needed.   The Colorado Mavericks, as Mike named the team, were set to play.