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TRADING PERIOD IN THE LFA

After two months of hockey and some small adjustments along the way we come to the trading period in the LFA. In the past we managed to create parity within the league through trades that saw in each season, several teams fight to win the Tremblay trophy awarded to the regular season champions. That said, the trades did not always have the expected effects and often saw discontent among some teams who felt cheated by the changes. In short, despite the administration noted a certain imbalance within la Ligue Fédérale des As, we decided to make trades only if a team asked for some. So following the feedback of the captains of our eight formations in the central division and our two symbolic captains in the satellite division, the management of the LFA decided to keep a statuquo and leave the teams as they are. Good luck to all for the balance of te season!


 


PARTICIPATES IN THE HOCKEY EVENT OF THE YEAR AND MINGLE WITH LEGENDS

The LFA is proud to associate with the Canadian Museum of History and the Pointe-à-Callière Museum as part of a hockey exhibition and the National Hockey League's centennial celebrations. Here are the details to take part in the opening night with the chance to mingle with hockey legends as well as several public figures.

SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS, A NECESITY NOT WELL TREATED

With almost 20 years under my blades off taking care of weekend hockey in different forms, I can assure you that the adventure would not have been possible without the help of substitute players. So it is of the utmost importance that they are treated well and feel welcome when they play with us. Having received several comments from substitutes who did not like their experiences and who even refuse to play with certain teams, I remind you that without them, you could not play with full rosters. So thank you for making an effort, being more sociable and doing what you can to make them feel like they are part of your team and welcomed.

A MINUTE OF SILENCE TO HELP A FRIEND

The administration of the league received a special request from one of our former regular members, José Cabral. His brother David is on his death bed and fighting a virulent cancer. José asked us to exercise a minute of silence before each game next Saturday while having a thought for his brother. Once you've finished your team rally cheer, go to the blue line and send him positive energy to see him trought this. The referee will whistle and we will start our games. Thank you for your cooperation in helping a friend of the LFA and we never know what positive thaughts can do, so let's give it a shot !

DANIEL HARBRIDGE SAVES THE DAY !

Last Saturday, it seems that many players throughout the league had a brain cramp and did not consult the game calendar properly. I admit that this one is not as clear as the ones we had in the past but for technical reasons we have to deal with this version for now. One of those who did not consult the schedule properly is the Météor's netminder and becaue his team was playing the first game we were screwed. So Daniel Harbridge offered to strap on the pads so we could get the game going while Mike drove like a mad man to the rink. Luckily, the LFA has emergency goalie equipment to deal with thease kinds of situations even finding a pair of size 11 goalie skates for the man. Mike eventually showed-up to start the second period. A big thanks to Dan for allowing both teams to play thus saving the day !

A SHOW TO PUT YOU IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

 

Martin Maillié who plays with the Social Revival Hackers and his girlfriend Lisette Nepveu, our official photographer for the LFA, are part of a choir and invite you to their show that will take place December 9th. Check out the poster for more details.


THE POST GAME GET TOGETHER ON THE MAIN, WHILE IT IS STILL TIME

On Saturday for those of you who are interested, we will visit one of our oldest sponsors, the Cabane on the Main. Unfortunately since the beginning of the season the level of participation when we are going there has not been very good. As a result, they are slow to pay their sponsorship fees 3 month into the season, which is not good for the survival of the league as we know it. So the invitation is launched and thank you to inform me BEFORE 2PM SATURDAY, if you will be joining us for our traditional post game get together so that I reserve the number of places required.

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AMELIORATIONS TO COME

Since the beginning of the season, you have seen changes to the LFA website and the communications you receive via email. With the growth of the league, it was necessary to automate and make more professional some aspects of management; whether it's the sleeker calendar that now includes the teams' logos, or interactive emails that allow you to respond intuitively to invitations.

A sketch of the new calendar platform

Still, other improvements are on the way; you will see in the coming weeks an automatic calendar replace the one present, which will also allow you to declare your absence directly by clicking on your name for a given game. In the same way, the substitutes will see invitations to replace being sent by email or text message when a regular player matching their strenght misses a game. A verification of the alignement will nevertheless be made, but the idea is to automate as much as possible the administrative process. These changes are likely to take place early in the New Year, so stay tuned.

You will receive an invitation to register for the new portal during the next weeks by email and sms. Follow the few steps to help us put everything in place!

I will also visit the rooms to quickly explain the features of the new system and how to use it effectively. In the meantime, the procedures remains the same. If you have suggestions and comments, you can email them here.

Have a good week and see you on Saturday!

Jacob Poliquin

SALUT BOB

SALUT BOB

After finishing my text of the LFA bulletin board for our journal, I learned the death of Robert Girard, a hockey friend of some of us. Bob played 7 seasons in the NHL at a time when it was rought and you had to keep your head up. I met him in the early 2000s after an accident during a friendly game where I busted my knee. Although I knew many other guys in the room it was he who volunteered with another dude to take me home as I could not drive.. Over time with his sidekick François we made travel plans and I finally joined them in Mexico in 2016 where we spent two great weeks and this well before he was diagnosed with cancer. Bob was an example in a number of ways, including physical fitness and exemplary eating habits. He was filled with kindness and warmth, a characteristic not so common thease days His smile and presence will be missed. Salut Bob !

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IT MUST START SOMEWHERE

IT MUST START SOMEWHERE

Ladies and gentlemen, last Saturday in the first game of the day, between the Social Revival Hackers and the Pro-jet Demolition Rhinos, we were treated to a first ... defeat of the men in red! The game started well, with tight play and each team playing with caution while applying more and more pressure in the neutral zone to force turnovers. The men in gray have relied on rapid backcheck in the neutral zone to limit the room for maneuver of the Rhinos' star player, Felix Dufour-Labrecque.

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NEW PARTNER JOINS LFA! AND MORE !!

NEW PARTNER JOINS LFA! AND MORE !!

Hi guys,
I am very pleased to announce that we have a new partner who joins our list of sponsors who support the league and allow you to practice your favorite sport in the best possible conditions. That said the Gagnier team composed of one of ours Remy Babin, will be the official partners of Meteors, champion team of the 2016-2017 season in the LFA. With now 7 teams out of 8 in the central division who have a partner we only have to find another company to support the Barbarians and other partners for our different products such as some of our cups, the stats section, the player of game etc.

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GROUP THERAPY

GROUP THERAPY

I will teach you nothing by saying that doing sport is good for the body and the mind, but being part of a team sport pushes the concept itself even further. Although people generally think that therapy is only for people with identity, couple or life crisis issues, it's actually good for everyone to share with others what we feel or think. Team sports such as hockey, basketball, volleyball and all the other sports that allow us to meet in an intimate space like a locker room, sometimes turns into group therapy and again there is no need to have a problem for it to be therapeutic.

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BETWEEN THE LINES

BETWEEN THE LINES

Sometimes, actually most often, you have to read between the lines, see the invisible and understand things at a different level than the one we are presented with. Take for example the communications between the league and its members by the ticket of this site or various emails or post on FB. They are not always addressed to you personally but to all the men who form the LFA.

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A TEAM THAT DRINKS TOGETHER WINS TOGETHER

A TEAM THAT DRINKS TOGETHER WINS TOGETHER

Hi guys,

I have been saying it for a long time since I've lived it on many occasions in my "carrier" but the other day I had the tub on while I was working on league stuff and a former member of the Ducks organization if I remember well mentioned on RDS that their coach had ordered them to go take "a" beer together to get to know each other and create chemistry within the team. And from what he says, it worked !

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