(Oct 4) U18 Roster Announcements
I’d like to start by taking a moment to thank all the people who helped make this season’s evaluations run as smoothly as they did – between the numerous volunteers who helped swing gates, perform timekeeping duties, assisted with checking in players and collecting the wretched-smelling things at the end of games, this is not a one-man show and there is no hope that I could have done this without all of you.
Special mention goes to Duncan Weinert, Scott Bremner and Trish Sadoway who volunteered at the vast majority of games, and of course, my daughter Paige who assisted with checking in players at many warm up and evaluation sessions when she wasn’t working her paid job. My sincere gratitude to you all!
A MASSIVE thank you to all the evaluators that sat and watched all these players for as many hours as they did. Many of these people are the same ones who will now spend hundreds of hours giving even more to our children by coaching them on the teams they are on. There were several independent folks that I had out during every one of these sessions (two in particular who attended every game despite not having a child in the division) who provided invaluable feedback as they did not have players in the division, and in some cases, not in the Association at all. These independent reviews are gold as there are no biases from past experiences with players, no rumours they’ve heard, or impressions made upon them. They are hockey guys who evaluated the talent and skills of the players on the ice and nothing more. All of these folks have huge amounts of volunteer DNA and I appreciate the efforts of all of them.
There have been over 9000 data points taken over the last two weeks, hundreds of hours in the summer and fall spent preparing for and executing these evaluations, and many dozens of hours spent analyzing the data and feedback. I am confident that the rosters posted represent the best possible configuration for players into teams that we can present, and which will allow for them to be both challenged and playing at a level appropriate to their skill.
The “bubble” between Tiers 1 and 2 and between 2 and 3 in the Checking portion of the division were extremely tight. In some cases, we had to take a look at player history, and solicit feedback from our association partners at SPKAC to break the tie between a decent number of players, particularly in between the tiers 1 and 2 level. Just because your player is not placed on a tier 1 team, does not mean they are not an excellent hockey player, but there are only so many players at each position.
Please remember when looking at the rosters, there will be many who agree with the rankings and placement of players, and some will not. We have examined each player’s evaluation scores from a variety of angles, especially for players who joined us early in the process, and solicited appropriate input from our partners where needed, in order to place players on the team that best fits them in terms of the overall picture of the entire U18 Division. The SPMHA Evaluation Committee was convened to determine the most appropriate placement for any players who were injured from the outset of Evaluations and could not participate in the evaluation games themselves.
Lastly, there may be some disappointment when viewing these lists if tier placement doesn’t match your or your child’s expectations for this season. Strathcona County has created a video to help us when coping with disappointment and dealing with adversity. Please remember we do our best to place your player where they can be successful this season and can continue to grow and love the sport. We have a lot of excellent hockey players in Sherwood Park and just because your player does not make the level they were hoping for does not mean they are not a great player.
It is important to note that there are still players tracking around out there in various stages of Junior, U18-AA or U16-AA tryouts who may end up filtering back into our system which could potentially cause changes to these rosters, so nothing is set in stone until November 1, but any changes henceforth will be accompanied by an email or call to the player/family.
Without further adieu, here are the 2022-23 Season U18 Preliminary Rosters
Heads up- SP607 has a practice on Wednesday, October 5, at 8:30pm, at Randy Rosen.
Oops. I meant 706. Haha!
Players are being assigned to their new teams in TeamSnap starting momentarily so they should be able to see their upcoming practices shortly. For reference, here is the schedule of U18 practices up to Friday, Oct 7th. Once the EFHL U15 schedules are released by EFHL, more practices for U18 will follow.
10/5/2022 WED 8:30 – 9:30 PM RANDY ROSEN RINK SP706
10/5/2022 WED 9:45 – 10:45 PM RANDY ROSEN RINK SP705
10/6/2022 THU 9:45 – 11:00 PM RANDY ROSEN RINK SP701
10/6/2022 THU 8:45 – 9:45 PM SHERWOOD PK SHELL SP707
10/6/2022 THU 10:00 – 11:00 PM SHERWOOD PK SHELL SP704
10/7/2022 FRI 10:00 – 11:00 PM MILLENIUM PL. CHEVROLET SP702
10/7/2022 FRI 10:00 – 11:00 PM SHERWOOD PK SHELL SP703