|NIFTY FIFTIES HOCKEY
About twenty eight years ago (90-91) Bill Peppard and Rene “Pepsi” Landry arranged for the participation of players who were
50 years of age or older in a senior division of the Monctonian Tournament.
Bernie O’Neill assisted in the organization of this division. In November ’92 Ken Power and Bill arranged ice times on an
irregular basis in an attempt to organize the fifty and over players. This resulted in four senior teams playing in both the
Monctonian and Dynomite Tournaments of 1993.
Ably assisted by Bill, Bernie, Roger Poirier and Jack Cameron, Ken Power assumed primary responsibility for the “care and
feeding” of what has become the Nifty-Fifties. We seem to be surviving quite nicely despite Ken’s moving to Nova Scotia.
Although no one person is doing the amount of work that he did, there are several who are seeing that it gets done.
Apparently, there are a number of people who do not have the telephone numbers of the members of the executive who are
looking after operations.
Peter Sheehan is assuming the ad hoc chairmanship of the organization.
In addition to the new members of the executive (see Below) there are a number of other individuals who contribute to the
success of the Nifty Fifties recreational hockey in areas such as looking after pucks, water bottles, refreshments and sweaters.
Since we have acquired more new members as regulars and spares in recent months, it was felt that we should review the
Nifty Fifties philosophy and standard practices for the benefit of the new people and as a reminder to long term members.
Our organization exists for the sole purpose of providing an opportunity for “has beens and never wases” who love the game
of hockey to engage in friendly competition on a strictly recreational basis. The people who make up the teams try to seed
them so that the sides are as even as possible.
The main concern of each player must be the safety of every player on the ice including himself.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM FOR PERSONAL FOULS THAT COULD RESULT IN INJURY. Remember this is Gentleman Hockey
for recreation, and is not a competitive league, there is no room for over aggressive play. Any player that is deemed to use
over aggressive play on a continual basis may be asked to surrender his ice time and pro-rated monies will be refunded.
Accidents will happen and the expectation is that if a player is down and does not get up immediately, play will stop while the
injured player is assisted. When goalies are down trying to cover the puck, players will not dig or slap at the puck,we must
protect our Goalies. Slap shots are not to be used.
When an offside at the blue line or a two line pass occurs, the offending team will give up the puck to the opposing team which
will then bring the puck out of their end inside their blue line. The puck is dropped at center by a winger on the scoring team
after each goal. Goalies will change ends at half time. This may vary at the discretion of the players.
The Nifty Fifties is YOUR organization. Many people are contributing by phoning spares, making up teams, paying the bills,
collecting the money, looking after tournaments, bringing pucks and water bottles, bringing and accounting for sweaters,
helping with tournament teams and so on. The continued success of our organization depends upon the involvement of our
members. Get involved. Offer your services. The present executive will not be serving forever.
The Nifty Fifties includes all players who play regularly and who play as spares when the regular player is unable to make his
game. Regular players are so named because they make a financial commitment in advance for the games they will play during
two time periods. The key word here is commitment. To maintain regular status the two advance payments must be made - one
in October, the other in January. It is important to make these payments in full and on time. The only reason money will be
refunded or not required in advance is due to medical reasons. Or if a player’s conduct makes it necessary to have him
withdraw. A player who cannot participate for medical reasons will maintain his regular status until he is able to resume
participation. If a player misses more than three consecutive weeks of playing time due to injury or medical reasons they will
be credited with the time missed in next semester. Less than three consecutive weeks no adjustment will be made. Long term
medical leave may result in a “spare player” being able to fill in on a long term basis by making the advance payment
commitment but this does not result in the spare player becoming a regular player. The player on medical leave has the option
of returning. A player requesting a leave of absence for personal reasons for a period of not less than four weeks, will in order
to maintain his regular status will be charged 50% of his normal fee for time missed.
The executive will have the responsibility of determining who (based upon his seniority with the organization and history as a
spare) will be offered the opportunity of becoming a regular in any of the Thirteen ice times we presently have. Please show
consideration by calling your Coordinator when you are not going to be able to play the applicable game. We want as much
participation as possible. IF YOU DON’T CALL, SOMEONE ELSE IS BEING DEPRIVED OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY. The
executive may have to take this situation into consideration when determining regular membership. Also it wouldn't hurt for
spare players to call the Coordinators to indicate their availability and desire to play at specific times.
Keep in mind the annual Nifty Fifties party for all the regular players, and spouses. The Dan Bohan Center has been reserved
for the Dinner on June 2020. (Date to be confirmed) People usually arrive around 5:00 p.m. to eat at 6:00 p.m. More about this
This was developed and has worked to maintain an idea that has been a great recreational opportunity for a great many
people. Let us all do what we can to keep it going. If you have any suggestions for improvement or any complaints, contact
someone on the executive.
You’re New Executive Committee (2019/2020)
|About THE NIFTY FIFTIES HOCKEY
DAVE PARKER (TREASURER)
PETER SHEEHAN (PRESIDENT)