6:30am Update for today - Monday September 27th
Tonight's game is on as scheduled
A current USA Hockey Membership required to play on a team at KCIC and it's time to renew for the 2021-2022 season.
NO SUBS ARE ALLOWED FOR PLAYOFF GAMES!
Sub player policy - if a team needs to pick up a sub player for a game, the team picking up the sub is required to notify the opposing captain and get their permission. The penalty for using an "un announced sub" is a 3-0 loss.
12/8/2020 - League disclaimer - in order to maintain a proper competitive balance the league reserves the right to change a teams schedule or move them into another division altogether, based on their top players skill level. Teams need to play in the league that their top player (s) skill level dictates.
It's been several years since we have had a C League captains meeting. In fact the last time we did, Bob Klem was present. So this kind of meeting is long overdue.
As our adult leagues expand at KCIC, more and more new players are signing up each session. Finding the right fit for them (from a skill level standpoint) remains a challenge. For example, a player drafted before the season begins isn't rated very high and gets selected by a team as it's last pick. But as the season goes on, this player (through hard work and perseverance) develops skills that make him or her, a standout player and in fact - are ready to move to the next level.
It seems unfair to both the player and the team to insist that this player be removed from the team during the season, and moved out of that league. However, once that season is over, the league would expect that this player move to a league better suited to his or her new found skills.
And this happens a lot. Several players throughout the leagues at KCIC have shown great improvement from the year before and continue to get better and better. This is to be expected and applauded.
One of the areas the league is focusing on as we move forward is the growing disparity between our 1st place and 15th place teams. You know, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Not a perfect analogy but one that seems to be a fairly accurate description. In years past we've solved this problem by dividing the teams in two divisions (Adams and Norris). This is not a perfect solution but one that allows our teams to play (for the most part) competitive games.
Our team captains are stuck in the unenviable position of trying to keep a handle on the players they recruit as well as keeping an eye out on the other teams players. And even though this is a pay to play recreational league, the desire to win is always present. We are Americans. Winning is in our DNA. We are a country of winners, not whiners!
The 1980 USA Hockey team comes to mind as one of our country's proudest sports achievements. But would we remember them so fondly if they would have lost to the Russians? Probably not. So let's acknowledge this fact and accept it as reality. It is what it is and so are we.
Allowing our captains to have a meaningful dialogue regarding the make up of their teams roster, seems like a logical thing to do. Once each team captain has had the chance to go over his or her roster with the group, and declare the league they feel like they should play in, the other captains will have the chance to vote each team in or out!
It's important that each team be represented at this meeting in order for our next session to be as competitive as possible.
KCIC Adult Hockey Commissioner
New Player Scrimmages for our 2021-2022 Fall / Winter Season Will be on Sunday October 17th.
3:30pm to 4:30pm - C / D and Z League players
4:45pm to 5:45pm - A / B and 45+ players
There's no charge to attend. However all participants must wear full equipment and have a current USA Hockey membership.
This is only for new players - not currently playing on a team at KCIC.
KCIC Adult Hockey Leagues – Our Story
Despite not being a professional “hockey town”, Kansas City is home to a lot of transplanted hockey players from all 50 states. Because our rink stays open all year, our leagues are always in session. We basically have two seasons, the traditional NHL season calendar (October through May) which is our Fall / Winter / Spring season and a summer league (June – September). Our main season is typically between 22 – 24 games while the summer season is 10 games.
Geographically, we are located on the Kansas side (in Shawnee, KS). We are about 20 minutes south and west of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The other two ice rinks are both located in Missouri. There’s a rink in Independence, Missouri (Cable Dahmer Arena, this is the home of our minor league hockey team - the Mavericks). And the Line Creek arena is located up north, about 15 minutes from the KCI Airport.
All three rinks offer both youth and adult hockey leagues. KCIC has two regulation sheets of ice (one indoor and one outdoor). The Independence rink has two regulation size ice sheets (both indoor), while Line Creek has one indoor rink, which is similar to the old Boston Garden rink dimensions, this is a slightly smaller ice rink surface.
In most places, ice hockey players usually play on a team that is close to where they live, that’s not the case here. It’s fairly common for the vast majority of players in this town to be playing on at least two teams (which play at different arenas). These are diehards and true hockey fans!
For these folks money and location make no difference. Its game on regardless of where they live and work. For the most part, the greater Kansas City metropolitan area is like a big small town. You can probably get anywhere in less than 45 minutes (if there’s traffic – but we really don’t have much, unless you’re headed to a Chiefs game!)
Getting on a team and finding the right league!
Some things are easy while others are hard.
If the timing is right and you attend one of our new player scrimmages (which we hold on the last day of each session), you are going to get drafted by a team. Typically we have two (one for C / D and Z players) and one for A / B players. There’s no charge to attend but you must have a current USA Hockey membership.
Our ranking system is fairly self-explanatory.
A players – the best of the best (former professional or college players)
B players – travel and high school players
C players – house players
D players – fairly new to the game (still learning)
Z players – novice players
In addition to these skill categories we have some peer group leagues as well.
We offer a women’s league (for girls only)
45+ league – this is like the A/B league for our older, more mature players
50+ league – this is like the C league for our older, more mature players
KCIC Adult Hockey League breakdown (what these are really like)
A / B League – This league is made up of primarily very talented, young, skilled and really fast hockey players. If you have to ask if you belong in this league (then you don’t)!
Bob Klem C League – this league is named after one of our former teammates (he was a goalie) who as a 60+ player, played in every league and rink in the city. It’s only fitting that we would name one of our leagues after Bob, who literally died “with his skates on”! During the second period in a game at the Independence rink in February 2018, he suffered a heart attack and died in the locker room. And while this was incredibly traumatic for everybody who was there, it’s certainly the way Bob would have wanted to go – except not so soon.
Bob Klem C League – Adams Division – we place the top C teams in this upper division.
Bob Klem C League – Norris Division – we place the remaining teams in this division.
D League – Teams in this league are made up of players who are moving up from our Z league and are still learning every aspect of the game.
Z League – founded by longtime player, Max Utsler, this league is by invitation only and if you can skate backwards – then you’re too good to play in this league.
45+ League – many of our very best older players compete in this league. The difference is that the speed factor isn’t as great as it is in our A/B league. The guys that play in this league just aren’t as fast as they used to be and as a result, have lost a step or two (or three) and find it hard to keep up with the 20 and 30 something players.
50+ League – many of our veteran players (who have been playing their entire lives) are finding it more challenging every game to keep up with the newer and younger players. So players in this league are going to be peer group appropriate with their opponents.
Women’s League – for many, many years, KCIC has led the way for women players in the area. It’s only fitting that we would offer a league just for them. It’s a “league of their own”!
OK here’s where it gets kind of tricky. You’re a new player in town and you’re not sure what league you belong in. OK that’s fair enough. The good news is that once we see you play, we’re going to tell you exactly what league you belong in.
Keep in mind that if you moving here from let’s say, Minnesota and you played on your high school hockey team, but didn’t score a lot of goals. You might think you are a C player. You would be wrong. We are grading on a curve and you live in Kansas now. So if you were a C player in that state, you’re at least a B player in our league.
So if you arrive during the season, you’ll be placed on our sub list (and will get the chance to play when a team needs a player). Chances are if you impress the captain with your impromptu appearance, you’re going to be invited to stay with that team. If not – then you’ll just keep subbing until our next new player scrimmage.
Our prime directive is to find a place for every adult hockey player who wants to play!
To our skaters and families,
First of all thank you for your continued support of our rink. We are so proud to be able to offer you a safe and responsible environment to exercise and have fun! We value every one of you who walks through our doors.
Starting Monday August 9th we here at KCIC are requiring anyone, including children above 5 years old, that are in the building wear a mask/face covering that covers the mouth and nose.
All coaches and skaters on the ice are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
Masks are recommended but not mandatory for all persons while on the ice.
We rely on parents and families to emphasize the need to wear masks to their young children. As always we have disposable masks available upon entering if anyone should forget theirs or need a replacement.
Thank you again for helping us make this rink a great place to stay active and enjoy the great sport of ice skating or playing hockey. We also realize that children who are not yet old enough for a vaccine may find it difficult, so please help us by doing your part in educating your little ones before coming to skate.
Once again, thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the rink!
Attention all D, Z and Ladies Adult Hockey Players!
Please come and join us on Wednesday afternoon, September 22nd - from 12:00n to 1:30pm, for an instructional drills / scrimmage. Note: this skate is intended for Lower skill players.
I am looking to make this a regular weekly skate and depending on attendance possibly twice a week! Hey who doesn't want or need more ice time? The cost is $20. Bring a white and dark jersey.
WALDO's Beer League Academy stick time skate link:
To All KCIC Adult Hockey Players:
Just a reminder that it's time to renew your USA Hockey membership.
KCIC Adult Hockey Commissioner
Phone: 816-898-1816 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are certainly fortunate to have so many talented hockey players participating in our adult league at KCIC. Actually it's truly amazing!
In addition to some of the top players in the area, we also have many newcomers to the sport, who are just getting their feet wet, so to speak.
And in between we have all sorts of players who fall into the middle category.
That's the main reason we offer as many different leagues as we do. The system works well when all of our teams are competitive and the players in each league are on par with their opponents.
Problems arise when a really good player is asked to sub in a league in which that players skill level exceeds the other players on the ice. You don't have to be a former NHL scout to spot the player on the ice who can go end to end, at will and never break a sweat. So for that game anyway, the rest of the players can only watch in awe as that sub player dazzles with their superior stick handling abilities and top shelf shot!
Our captains (who by the way do a terrific job), are the first line of defense in maintaining a competitive roster and insuring that their players are in compliance with the other teams in the league. But sometimes the wrong player will be recruited to sub, while the teams captain is not at the game and the desire to win overtakes the common sense mentality that the league relies on for all teams to follow.
It's summer time and thankfully, families are once again going on vacations. Making sure your adult hockey team has 10 skaters is low on the priority list - to be sure. The league understands this and realizes how difficult it is sometimes to get two lines!
But at the same time, this is not an opportunity for teams to bring on players that elevate their team to the next level. If that's the case, then the league will simply move the offending team - to the next level!
As a courtesy (in addition to being a league rule), teams are required to notify the other teams captain prior to the game that they are using a sub player. This captain has the right to veto the sub player prior to the game.
Failure to announce a "sub player" will result in a forfeit loss to that team.
(816) 898-1816 - email: email@example.com
We certainly appreciate your business and we are grateful that you have selected to pay to play in our league! So first and foremost, you are a customer. We realize that without paying customers – we couldn’t stay in business.
Our league is governed by USA Hockey rules and regulations and every participant is required to have a current USA Hockey membership - which you can purchase through their website.
In addition you must agree to abide by our rules and regulations.
Main points of interest – we are a no check league and don’t allow fighting. Both are big no no’s and violators will be tossed from the game and potentially from the league. Our prime directive is to find a team for every player who registers in our league. To that end we offer several different skill levels.
The leagues we offer are intended to bring about the most competitive and fair teams, while at the same time allowing players to be on the same team as their buddies. Our captains are the guardians of this system and use a ranking formula to try and balance out the teams. For the most part, speed is the main factor that ultimately determines what league you play in.
Projected leagues at KCIC for the upcoming season:
Due to the number of adult teams there is no set day that any league will be scheduled for games on. These are only approximate days.
A League – games are usually played during the week
B League – games are scheduled during the week and on selected Sunday’s
Bob Klem C League (includes and upper and lower division) - Sunday’s
Z League – (This league is by invitation only) - games are played on Thursday night’s
45+ League – games are usually played during the week
In mid-November the outdoor pavilion opens and allows us some additional ice times. Please be aware that the majority of game times during the week will start after 9:00pm.
Team captains should submit their rosters with jersey and USA Hockey numbers to the rink. Please e-mail Kristi Tamez - firstname.lastname@example.org
Also it's very important that every player is listed on a roster. This is a pay to play league - so a financial commitment is required by all participants. Every teams roster is listed on the website and in turn, show up on every game score sheet. If your name is not listed - then your team could potentially forfeit the game.
We also require a photo ID for every player.
Finally, please keep in mind that our scorekeepers and on ice officials don't care who wins or loses, on any given night. They are providing a much needed service and any abuse to these folks will result in an immediate suspension.
If you have any concerns or complaints regarding league issues - give me a call.
Tom Prendergast - Commissioner (816) 898-1816
Wednesday November 22nd, 2017
Effective December 1st, 2017 all KCIC adult hockey players must have a photo ID (government issued) on file with the rink. If a player cannot produce this ID (or chooses not to) that player or players will not be allowed to participate in KCIC league games.
Tom Prendergast - Commissioner
New rule Photo ID: Every player who participates in the KCIC Adult Hockey League must provide a valid (government issued) photo ID. No exceptions. In the event a team requests a verification check of a player on the opposing team, the player in question must provide a photo ID as soon as the game is over and it must match, the photo ID on record. The on ice officials will conduct the ID check. If the player in question cannot provide a photo ID upon request, that player has a 24 hour window in which to submit this ID to the league commissioner. The clock starts with the end of the scheduled game time. For example - if the game started at 3:10pm on Sunday, the player has until 4:10pm on Monday to produce his photo ID. Failure to comply will result in a 1-0 loss for his team.
Note: It is the teams responsibility to make sure that all of their players are in compliance with this rule. This is not the league or the rink's responsibility. This is strictly up to team captain and players.
KCIC Championship Trophy - Chris Mentzel Memorial Cup
Adult Hockey lunch time drop-in every Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. To be put on a list, call the rink after 9:00am on Friday. There is a limit of 30 participants. All players must be 18 years of age and wear full equipment, including a helmet.
All players must have a current USA Hockey number to participate in games!
The Men's League Schedules are under the appropriate league sections on the "Current Section" navigator box to the left.
Three 12-minute stop periods with 1 minute intermissions. Each team has 1 timeout that will last 1 minute. Note: Playoff and Championship game times will vary and are subject to ice rink availability.
Playing of the Third Period: The clock will go to run-time when there is a 6 goal margin. At the first stoppage of play when the hour/curfew clock shows five minutes of play remaining, the game clock will be reset to two (2) minutes of stop time at the referees direction, and the game shall be concluded. The hour/curfew clock starts when the Zamboni doors close after resurfacing the ice.
Overtime/Shootout Rules: There are no tie games in any of the KCIC Adult Hockey Leagues. In the event the third period ends with the score still tied, the game will move to a 5-minute, sudden death overtime, played with a numerical on-ice strength of 3-on-3 (plus the goalies). If neither team scores in overtime, there will be a 5-man Shootout. The home team will choose to shoot first or second. If there remains a tie after the five shooters have gone, the game will move to single sudden death rounds until a winner is determined. A team may not reuse a shooter in the shootout until all players on the team have shot, with the exception that if the opposing team has fewer players playing in that game, teams may reuse shooters once all shooters on the team with the fewer players have shot. Teams that win overtime or shootout games will receive a normal win (worth two points), while teams that lose in overtime or a shootout will receive an overtime or shootout loss (worth one point). Note that during the overtime period, if non-coincidental penalties are called, a penalty shot will be awarded to the non-offending team (see below), however if that team elects to take the optional minor in lieu of the penalty shot or if a major penalty or penalties are called, teams will play 4-on-3 or if necessary 5-on-3. At no time can a team play with less than 3 skaters, plus the goalie. If a team chooses to pull its goalie during overtime and the opposing team scores while the goaltender is off the ice, the team whose goalie was pulled shall forfeit the point they would otherwise get for an overtime loss, with the exception that if the goaltender leaves the ice during a delayed penalty and during the delayed penalty that team inadvertently scores into its own goal, they shall still receive the point for the overtime loss.
Penalties Near the End of the Game: Five and 10 minute penalties in the last 5 minutes of a game or overtime that do not incur a suspension will be served by the player at the start of the next game with no on-ice penalty to the player's team. Two minute penalties occurring after the game will be served in the same manner. Failure to attend the next game will count as the player penalty being served. Within the last two minutes of a game or during overtime, a penalty shot will be awarded to the offended team when a non-coincidental penalty is called. The penalty shot will be awarded in lieu the player serving time in the case of a minor penalty, while in the case of a major penalty, the penalty time must be served in addition to the penalty shot award.
Ejected players: When a player in any of our leagues receive a major or misconduct penalty (resulting in a game suspension), that player will be subject to additional game suspension(s), which may be assessed by the league commissioner.
Substitution Rule: A skater may be subbed when a team has less than 9 skaters and may only substitute up to 10. Subs must be of an equal or lower level than the league they are playing. The commissioner and opposing team captain must be informed as soon as possible to obtain and use a sub. The sub must be a registered player in the league in order to play. No outside subs are allowed. In addition, subs must be approved by the opposing team captain. The use of unregistered or unapproved subs will result in a game forfeit by the offending team and possible suspension of the offending player and/or team captain. The same rule will apply to the playoffs. Goalies are a case-by-case basis.
Note - Z league substitution requirement: only the League Commissioner may approve a sub player for any regular season or playoff game.
Age: To participate in any KCIC adult league, a player must be registered with the league and have a current USA Hockey membership, agreed to abide by the rules and signed a league waiver sheet, in addition to paying the posted players fee. All players must be 18 years of age or older to be on a team roster or fill in as a sub player.
Photo ID: Every player who participates in the KCIC Adult Hockey League must provide a valid (government issued) photo ID. No exceptions. In the event a team requests a verification check of a player on the opposing team, the player in question must provide a photo ID as soon as the game is over and it must match, the photo ID on record. The on ice officials will conduct the ID check. If the player in question cannot provide a photo ID upon request, that player has a 24 hour window in which to submit this ID to the league commissioner. The clock starts with the end of the scheduled game time. For example - if the game started at 3:10pm on Sunday, the player has until 4:10pm on Monday to produce his photo ID. Failure to comply will result in a 1-0 loss for his team.
Note: It is the team's responsibility to make sure that all of their players are in compliance with this rule. This is not the league or the rink's responsibility. This is strictly up to team captain and players.
Roster: All players who participate in KCIC adult hockey games must be on a roster. Only players who have registered through the league website (and have paid their fees) are eligible to participate. Registered players may play on multiple teams (but cannot play for two teams in the same division). For example; a player can play for 3 teams (providing they pay a league fee for each team they are rostered on) - A - B - C.
Subs player regulations - sub players can only play for a team twice in any one season.
Forfeits: If a team forfeits, they lose the game by the score of 3-0. In addition, their opponent gets the option to play their next game (as a penalty for not getting to play a game) or any other game on their schedule. In addition - the league reserves the right to suspend or remove a team from the schedule if the team is not conducting themselves in accordance with league rules.