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Win a Free JMS Game!

by Andy Baird

Screenshot 2014-11-20 21.36.43Capture the JMS experience… We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’re building a library of photos to show what it’s like to play JMS. Starting now through the end of 2014, each week we’ll be awarding a free game to a random participant who submits photos of their game.

What kind of photos? Any kind!

What does playing JMS mean to you? What are your favorite parts? You can shoot a great play, or just some friends having fun. Maybe a great shot of the aged and cavernous rink. Don’t worry about a professional camera–your smartphone will be fine.

To submit a photo, just click the “Send photos of the game” link when visiting the site after your game. Here’s a quick gist of the contest rules:

  • For every photo you submit, you’ll receive an entry.
  • You may submit up to 10 images per game. For every photo you submit, you’ll increase the odds that you’ll win a free game.
  • Only photos that are relevant to the game, not redundant, and useable (i.e., not blurry or streaky/out of focus/partially obscured) will be accepted.

* Shots from inside the locker room, or of people changing, will be disqualified.Screenshot 2014-11-20 21.07.28

Each week a random entry will be drawn – if it’s yours, you’ll receive a free game on us! And if we see some really fantastic images that perfectly capture the JMS spirit, we’ll surprise those JMSers with a thank-you gift of a shirt or sweatshirt.

 

Tell your friends–everyone wants their hockey prowess recorded! When you submit your pics, you can use the new tagging feature to let your friends know you captured their great goal, save or assist. And once the photo is uploaded, your pals can even choose to use it as their JMS avatar!

Bring your phone or camera to the bench next time, and snap some shots of the action! You just might win a free game!

 

Hockey After Baby

by barbaragarn

By Miranda Vogtman

Prior to having a baby, my life revolved around my husband, sports (especially hockey), and friends. These were important aspects of my life and also to be healthy. When I found out I was pregnant, I wasn’t ready to give up my active lifestyle. I was a fit and active, so my doctor allowed me to play during my first trimester but for the safety of both my baby and me, I hung up my skates. I still worked out even though my baby tended to dictate my food cravings. My delivery went well and had a healthy baby girl, who is tough like her mom and I feel that keeping active and fit made her a stong girl too.

Just keeping active even days after my delivery made my recovery quicker and when it came to my 6 week check up, I was cleared and played my first hockey game the next day since the birth. After the game, I felt good and felt like a day hadn’t passed and I had more ENGRGY. I played weekly after delivery until my regular season started up and it helped get me ready for the season but also to lose some of the initial weight and time at the gym. This gave me time to decrompress from home but also time to just focus on me and gave me more energy to five back to my family.  I also breast fed her the first 3 months as well and keeping hydrated was key to aid in that.  It still took time, eating changes and time in the gym to get back into my pre-baby shape but I burned more calories out on the ice.

As a mother of a four year old, working a full time job and wife, I believe it is important for a woman to make sure she doesn’t lose her sense of self and make time for the things you enjoy. I spend a lot of time with my family but I also play weekly hockey, go to the gym 2-3x per week (once she goes to bed) and time for my friends as well.  I love my family but I would go crazy if I didn’t have time with friends and enjoy the activities I love so much. I gave up a lot of my sports but hockey was the one thing I wanted to keep.  I don’t want to look back with any regrets and enjoy life to the fullest. I am happier and I am also setting myself up as a positive role model for my daughter to be active and strong. My daughter will start hockey in one week and both my husband and I will coach her mini-mite team and kick off our regular hockey seasons as well. I love my family and we are enjoying life and the game of hockey.

JMS Hockey 101 debuts

by barbaragarn

For absolute beginners!
The skills sessions will give you a strong foundation and the games will help you learn on-ice techniques with teammates and opponents.

 

JMS Hockey 101 is two six-week programs involving Skills and then Games, all on Sunday nights at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis. Just $109 (early bird) per program, participants may choose Skills and/or Games (preference for Games registration given to participants of the Skills program).

Registration is now open for the Skills portion of JMS Hockey 101! Early bird price of $109 good through October 31 (price increases to $125 afterwards).
Coach Rob Little, a longtime adult hockey instructor, will lead six one-hour on-ice sessions and two off-ice “chalk talks.”
Rob will show you proper skating techniques, including balance, body movement and edge control. He will also teach puckwork fundamentals, including passing and carrying, and the most common shots: wrist shot and snap shot.

Want to meet Rob before Hockey 101 begins? Just sign up for one of the Thursday night clinic sessions at Parade! Rob will also be the “instructional referee” for the tutorial Games portion (which begin in January; early bird registration will open in November).

Goalies: we will need occasional netminders for certain Skills sessions–send an e-mail to support@jmshockey.com if you are interested in filling in!

JMS Hockey 101 is co-rec and for adults over age 18. Participants will need to have their own hockey gear including: helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, breezers, shin pads, skates and stick. We have a discounted gear kit package with our wonderful partners, Strauss Skates and Bikes (e-mail us for info). White and black JMS jerseys will be provided to all JMS Hockey 101 participants!

Come learn hockey with other brand-new beginners! Click the Hockey 101 tab above, or here for info, schedule and registration.

Hockey Season 14-15 Schedule

by barbaragarn

Hooray! I have scheduled the majority of the hockey season ice and can announce additions and changes as we transition from the slow season to the hockey season.

A reminder: adult hockey in Minnesota always comes after youth hockey. We always ask for the earliest ice available… which unfortunately is sometimes late.

 

Nearly all our current games will continue in some form or another. I’ve listed by day of the week, hope these games work for you!

 

Mondays

STIA Elite: continues

VMCC/Wakota LL: Wakota is closed for construction until around October 1; we’ll keep booking at VMCC in the interim, as long as sufficient players continue to sign up.

Central 3/4 game: Was at Breck over the summer but moves to Parade/NEA for the season. This game not scheduled for September, but will be booked if we have sufficient signups.

Tuesdays

Eden Prairie UL: continues

Apple Valley LL: continues

St. Louis Park: Changes back to L4-only starting with September 23 game.

Polar LL: New game! Starts September 9 and moves to Wednesday nights in November.

Maple Grove L3: Game returns on September 2 after summer hiatus!

Wednesdays

VMCC/Wakota L3: Wakota is closed for construction until around October 1; we’ll keep booking at VMCC in the interim, as long as sufficient players continue to sign up.

Maple Grove UL: continues

Polar LL: New game! Starts on Tuesdays but moves to Wednesdays starting with November games.

Thursdays

Apple Valley UL: Game returns on October 2 after off-season hiatus!

Moose (Monticello) all-level: Two games in September, but no ice for hockey season due to youth association. Finalizing replacement ice now with nearby rink.

STIA all-level: continues

Bielenberg LL: Game returns! We have five fall games for now and hopefully can get more for the hockey season–in talks now; schedule pending youth association needs.

Skills clinic at Parade with Coach Rob Little: Session returns starting September 25!

Maple Grove LL: Game starts after January 1 (no ice available before that)

Fridays

Roseville LL: continues

Eden Prairie Int (2/3/4): continues

Schwann’s all-level: continues

St. Louis Park UL+ (3/4/5/6): continues

Parade Novice (1/2): Relocates after losing Roseville ice; games start October 3, possibly earlier.

Wakota Int (2/3/4): Game returns when Wakota re-opens!

Saturday

STIA all-level: continues

Sunday

Minnehaha all-level: Starts on October 19

 

I’m working on one final location not mentioned above: the NE quadrant, White Bear or Vadnais area. I’ve been in talks with the rinks and hope to have something finalized soon. I’ll announce it as soon as I know something.

 

Whew! This is always a huge job and I’m relieved to get it finally sorted out after months of finagling. I really hope these times will work for you!

 

What stick do you use and why?

by Andy Baird

I’m retiring my last Easton SE16 tonight after a crack through the blade so I’m back on the market for a new stick.

This got me thinking: why do you use the stick you do?

I’ve played with folks who are effective with an old sherwood wooden stick all the way to players who geek out on custom tailored built sticks. What’s your preference?

Respond here: http://jmshockey.com/thread/view/thread-53ec5063f221d

Help wanted!

by Andy Baird

Hey JMSers!

To continue to expand and scale JMS we have two job vacancies we’re looking to fill. 

Whether you’re a long time JMSer or just a motivated newcomer to hockey, we’re looking for individuals with the passion for hockey and the talent to help bring JMS to new heights.

Specifically, we are looking for someone to head up our marketing efforts and to organize and manage our league initiatives. Interested? More details here

If you’re interested or have questions, please send a resume and cover letter to support@jmshockey.com

Play JMS for free!

by barbaragarn

For the remainder of the summer, JMS will be giving away free games. How do you skate for free? Just show your support for JMS!

We will be distributing JMS car stickers at games (and some Upper Level caps already have started distribution). Just ask your captain for a sticker and put it on your back bumper. 

JMS admins will be visiting the parking lots at our scheduled games. The lucky owner of a car displaying the JMS sticker will play for free that night!

Some games will be announced ahead of time, some will be a surprise. We’ll hit a variety of games each week, but all will be included before the end of summer.

Show your support for JMS and get a chance to skate for freeeee!

 

The Honey Badgers 2 Are Champions!

by ericmjorgensen

 

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Tonight, the Honey Badgers 2 won a hard-fought contest with the Awesome Possums to become the champions of the third season of JMS Hockey Clubs. Congratulations to the Honey Badgers 2!

JMS Hockey T-shirt Now Available!

by ericmjorgensen

Last fall, we at JMS Hockey launched updated branding to celebrate our ten-year anniversary — we figured that it was time we made a t-shirt. It’s a simple but cool design, and we hope you like it.

Buying a shirt for yourself or the JMS Hockey player in your life is a great way to support pick-up hockey in the Twin Cities — and to look sharp while doing it!

Thank you for playing JMS Hockey and helping to grow it into what it is today. Here’s to another ten years!

You can buy a shirt over here: http://jmshockey.com/tshirt

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Apple Valley Intermediate League Open For Sign-ups!

by ericmjorgensen

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JMS Hockey is expanding JMS Hockey Clubs to Apple Valley this summer!

Starting on Thursday, June 19th and ending on August 28th, this season will be our first offering targeted at intermediate skaters (those in JMS levels 2 through 4).

The Details

Schedule

Games will be every Thursday from June 19th to August 28th except for July 3rd due to the holiday. Game start times are between 8:30 and 9:45 PM.

Eligible Levels

JMS skaters in levels 2, 3, and 4 are eligible for this season.

Cost

Early-bird registration is $159. If you already have a set of JMS Hockey Clubs jerseys (one white and one black), you are all set. If not, there is a one-time $20 jersey fee.

After the early-bird period ends, the league registration fee goes up to $179. Get your spot now!

Click here to sign up

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