Congratulations to The Stick Magnets, the JMS Hockey Clubs Winter Champions!
With two seasons now in the books, JMS Hockey Clubs is off to a great start. For more information about future league seasons, follow @jms_hockey on Twitter, like us at Facebook, or visit the league page of our website.
A long requested capability of the website is to know exactly when a game that you are interested in is available. As of today, our automatic notification feature is now out of beta and available to anyone who is interested. You can setup your auto notification preferences here:
Select the types of games you want to be notified for
Select what days of the week you want to play on
Choose the frequency at which you want to be notified
Depending on how you’ve setup the frequency of your automatic notifications, you’ll receive notifications any time a game is available and you are eligible to signup for that game for the rink you are interested in.
Questions or suggestions? As always, e-mail our support at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
Hard to believe this winter marks a decade of JMS! I started the program towards the end of 2003–I began booking ice so I could skate with other beginners and at least have a chance to touch the puck.
The first JMS game was at Brooklyn Park and the website was based off my Comcast e-mail, designed with an $8 program from the bargain bin at Office Depot. As I got more e-mails, I invited more and more people, who responded to the message to sign up. I added the new folks to the roster and uploaded the page anew every night.
A few years later, I made two big changes around the same time: separating by skill level and asking trusted JMSers to run the games when I couldn’t be there–the first JMS Captains. We had moved from collecting cash in the locker room to punch cards.
The website was still Office Depot bargain bin crummy and I had a few offers to take a run at it with varying degrees of success. In 2007, I approached Andy Baird about updating the website. Andy just took the website and ran with it, creating things I never knew JMS needed but then realized we could never do without. I can’t even imagine where JMS would be without Andy’s hard work, ideas and partnership.
We’ve refined things in the ensuing years, tweaking everything from how players get assessed to how captains get rosters and make level changes. Time sure flies. Dan Ginter has been helping us with social marketing (that’s him making all the posts on the Facebook page!) and Eric Jorgensen has come on as the third admin. Andy and I didn’t realize we were stuck in a rut until Eric joined in, a very welcome third voice who pushed us to try new things–like the JMS Hockey Clubs!
Eric also took on the revision of the JMS logo–the new design is a bold shout-out to old-school hockey, celebrating our roots in the State of Hockey. You’ll see a lot more of the new JMS logo as we update across our platforms.
We’ll also start offering JMS products with the new logo, first of which are black and white jerseys (currently unprinted and waiting in some Rubbermaid tubs under my stairs). We hope to hold some fun contests and surprise giveaways with our new logo items to help get them out into the skating population.
We are so happy to be here, and to be ten years old this winter. Thank you for being a part of JMS and with us for what the future brings!
Coming soon: JMS Hockey Clubs winter season in North St. Paul and Eden Prairie, for players Levels 3, 4 and 5. Each season is 10 guaranteed games plus a championship for the two top teams.
Games will start December 1 at Polar Arena and January 5 at Eden Prairie. All games are Sunday nights, refereed 17 minute run-time. Start times are 7:45 and 9:00 at Polar and in the 7:30 to 9:30 window at Eden Prairie.
Hockey Clubs members will get a white and a dark JMS Hockey Clubs jersey and access to the special Hockey Clubs portion of the JMS website. Cost is $150 for games and $20 for two jerseys (participants in the Fall JMS Hockey Clubs season will get a credit for the jerseys they already own).
Applications for team captains are open now, and general player signup will open on November 2. Players may sign up for specific teams and choose their team name as a group.
We hope you can make it! We are exploring new locations and the possibility of adding an option for lower level players in our spring league. Details will be posted as we have them!