Ice FAQ (Huron-Perth Lakers AAA Minor Hockey Association)

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Frequently Asked Question about Laker Ice



How many hours of ice do the Lakers purchase in a year?

The Lakers ice season is divided into four distinct periods.

 1. Tryout period is held each April. Each of our seven teams (Major Midget begins in the Fall) requires six practices to determine their respective teams. A total of 63 hours are consumed for tryouts.


2. Training and pre-season period commences in mid August and runs until mid September. In 2012, a total of 220 hours will be used.


3. Regular season period goes from late Sep to early Feb (start of playoffs). This period includes practices and home games for eight teams and totals 825 hours.


4. PlayDowns and Playoff periods each team plays a minimum of two playoff rounds while continuing with 2 practices per week until season end. Last year, the playoff period consumed approx. 140 hours.


Total Hours Used by the Lakers during a Season – approx. 1,250 hours


Do the Lakers pay a subsidized ice rental rate? 
The Lakers are classified as a minor youth organization with most municipalities. As such, the Lakers pay the minor hockey preferred rates. 

What does hourly ice time cost? 
The average hourly rental rate is $115-155 including HST. 

How do the Lakers select their Home arenas? 
The Lakers consider many factors in determining their home arenas. The primary factor is Availability. There are 29 arenas within the Huron-Perth zone. Ice time is scarce in most centres, particularly during the week. Over the past 17 years of Laker hockey, the Lakers have been able to secure guaranteed ice times at certain arenas. Guaranteed ice means that the Lakers have first right of refusal on ice previously rented. A second factor is Reliability. The Lakers are reluctant to release guaranteed ice since it is very difficult to obtain “new” guaranteed ice. A third factor is Service. The Lakers search out and are loyal to arenas that treat the Lakers as a primary user of ice. 

Can the Lakers obtain new guaranteed ice and times? 
Despite the difficulty in obtaining new guaranteed ice, each year the Lakers consistently reach out to local arenas to inquire if there may be an opportunity to secure new more desirable ice and ice times that suit our organization. Two categories of ice are defined “Preseason” and “Regular” season ice. Procurement of Preseason Ice will come from many different centres simply to accommodate all teams in a short period of time. The Regular season ice is the most difficult period to obtain. This period is known as the Contract Ice. The Lakers sign a contract with the municipality in which ice is made available to us. The contract obligates the arena to ensure ice is available at the agreed upon times for practices and games. In turn, the Lakers are obligated to rent the ice for the entire term of the contract.
Are there any changes in contract ice for 2013-2014?

Yes….. Each year the Laker program works very hard at improving ice commitments and there are always improvements and adjustments implemented. Negotiations with facility managers can begin as early as January and typically completed in early April. All ice preparations are in place by April nearly 6 months before the season starts.

Can the Lakers resell excess ice? 
The Laker practice and game schedule is completed in July and August of each year. This allows the ice convenor to know if excess ice exists. The first priority is to offer excess ice back to the municipality. Usually, with long-term notice, the municipality can resell the ice for the Lakers to reduce costs. 

Can an individual Laker team purchase additional ice? 
Individual teams may arrange for additional ice as they see fit, however the ice is to be purchased in the name of the Lakers by the Lakers Ice Scheduler. During the regular season, the Lakers provide each team with 8 monthly practices plus ice for their homes games. If a team decides to purchase additional ice beyond Laker ice, the team bears responsibility to pay for this ice.

What determines practice locations for Laker teams? 
The Executive recognizes that Laker players come from all over the Huron-Perth Zone and as such AAA Zone hockey means we have to travel to compete and practice at the highest level. The organizations objective is to promote “accessibility” and “inclusiveness” to our AAA hockey development program with the ultimate goal of  putting players in the best possible position to obtain “Next Level Hockey” by their midget years. This objective guides our decisions regarding ice times and locations for all teams.  To promote “accessibility” and “inclusiveness" we have a variety of practice arenas located in 6 to 8 different centres throughout the Huron-Perth Zone. Another guide which compliments “accessibility” and “inclusiveness” is the actual available start time for our practice ice. Ideally, Atom and PeeWee practice times should start no later than 6:00pm or 6:30pm. Unfortunately, early start times are scarce within the Huron-Perth Zone. The older teams, Bantam to Minor Midget are most likely to have later start times between 7pm and 8:30pm


Special Consideration is given to our Minor Midget Program when it comes to ice location. To support our objective to provide the best opportunity to achieve “Next Level Hockey” for our players we have to look at “accessibility and reach” from a different perspective. When players reach minor midget level of AAA hockey they need to know that the organization is prepared to put them in the best possible position to be recognized by next level hockey representatives. In other words, we have to make it easy for scouts to take the time to drive to our home centre and watch our players practice and compete. Therefore are Minor Midgets are primarily based out of Stratford.


Other advantages afforded to the Minor Midget are:


1.   A true “Home Ice” competitive advantage.

2.   A dedicated dressing room to promote moral and commitment.

3.   Accessibility to high level coaching and scouting.

4.   A larger home centre to support fundraising, sponsorship and attendance.


Do Coaches have influence on practice locations? 
Coaches are provided the opportunity for input regarding practice nights. For example, if a coach has a conflict and cannot practice on a certain nights, the ice convenor will attempt to avoid that particular night. Practice locations are not influenced by the residence of the coach. 

How are game locations determined? 
Most homes games are played on weekends. On Saturday, the Lakers have ice in St. Marys, Stratford and Milverton arenas. On Sunday, game ice is available at Goderich MRC and the Allman arena in Stratford. An attempt is made to provide venue variety for each Laker team. If a scheduling conflict arises during the league planning process. Anyone of our ice facilities can be utilized to ensure a game is played. 

Why so many mid week games? 
Kitchener, Brantford and Cambridge have limited weekend ice. These organizations reserve weekend ice for far away centres such as Chatham-Kent, Windsor, Sun County and Lambton. The teams in our division are left to fill in the mid-week games. 

What are some of the roles of the Ice Convenor? 
Compile the practice and regular game schedule for each team. Organize the ice schedule for tryouts and playoffs. Determine if a game is to be cancelled. Negotiate with municipalities for ice time. Attend municipal ice user meetings. Participate on the Lakers Hockey Operations committee.

If you have further questions regarding “Ice” or the Ice Convenor’s role, please contact the Lakers Ice Convenor.

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