For obvious reasons, there was a tremendous amount of uncertainty heading into this 2021/2021 men’s hockey league season on the heals of the pandemic and ongoing measures to keep players and SCRD workers safe. Strict compliance with the public health officer’s orders around COVID, including limiting spectators, masks and vaccine passports for players, created the framework for what has been a very successful season for the Sunshine Coast Adult Hockey League (SCAHL).
The interest in hockey has never been bigger on the Sunshine Coast, due to the influx of new families. We were able to expand the league by a team this year, from six teams to seven, when we added “The Sevens” to our league. A number of the existing teams made adjustments and additions to their pre-pandemic rosters and at least five teams were donning new uniforms to give the league a fresh look. The most recent look came this past Saturday night as the Gibsons Marks Cutters made a soft launch of their newly sponsored The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery jerseys in their game against the Kings.
The 2021/2022 regular season came to an end early March.
The final league standings prior to playoffs saw the Sun Coast Kings at the top of the standings. The SCAHL points leader was Jake Wozney of the Sun Coast Kings with 103 points followed by Marc Chabot of the Custom Hawks with 88 points and Mac Roy of the Custom Hawks with 83 points. The leading goaltender was James Hamilton with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.143 followed by Jackson McIntosh of the Custom Hawks with a GAA of .882 and Travis Goold of the Bruins with a GAA of 3.650.
Final 2021/2022 SCAHL Standings:
Sun Coast Kings – 40 Points
Custom Hawks – 38 Points
Bruins – 30 Points
Oilers – 19 Points
Hitmen Ice Hockey Club – 19 Points
Gibsons Marks Cutters – 10 Points
The Sevens – 10 Points
The SCAHL playoffs wrap up tomorrow night in Sechelt at the Sunshine Coast Arena. The teams vying for the gold medal game and bronze medal game are the Custom Hawks, Bruins, Sun Coast Kings and Oilers. For those that want to watch the action, the SCAHL Finals are Saturday April 2. Game times are 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Arena.
With restrictions around the pandemic continuing to lift, the SCAHL is optimistic about the future of men’s hockey here on the Sunshine Coast and are always looking for new players. As with last year, the SCAHL will be offering competitive drop-in hockey in August when the ice comes back in. The SCAHL is also actively looking for anyone out there who wants to officiate games for the coming season.
For new women ice hockey players to the Sunshine Coast, there is our fantastic Sunshine Coast Women’s Hockey League (SCWHL) who can be reached at facebook.com/scwhl.
For those interested in the 45 and over (45+) hockey league, there are currently four teams (Shuckers, Relics, Rams and Breakers) playing here on the Sunshine Coast. There is also a group of active seniors playing as well as numerous groups who play organized hockey. Let’s not forget the variety of learn to play hockey, drop-in and public skate slots that the SCRD offers which can be found at scrd.ca/arena-programs. Ice hockey is growing on the Sunshine Coast so get out there and lace up those skates!
For more information on the SCAHL, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or message via the league´s Facebook page at facebook.com/sunshinecoastadulthockey.