Stop playing hockey, this is what will happen to you!

WARNING! These images are disturbing. Your fate is in your hands. This is what will happen to you if you stop playing hockey this winter. To prevent sudden loss of teeth, strikingly receding hairline, and/or an early onset of a mullet – sign up as a Free Agent. Salvation is at your finger tips.

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This is what happens when you stop playing winter hockey
This is what happens when you stop playing winter hockey!
This is what happens to you when you stop playing winter hockey!
This is what happens to you when you stop playing winter hockey!
This is what happens to you when you stop playing winter hockey!
This is what happens to you when you stop playing winter hockey!

15 Days Left To Register Your Hockey Team For Winter Season


Winter is coming. And we are hard at work. Getting ready to start the hockey season on the right foot and on time. As of today, there are only 15 days before team winter hockey registration closes. After August 1st, 2018 we will not be able to accept any more teams for winter. This means you need to set up the team on Breakout today, but you don’t have to have the full team fees paid yet. Just the deposit. Which is super simple, it is your own fees (after all you will be playing, no?) and 2-3 other players paid in full.

By the way if you already paid your team deposit, this you can see on your team invoice on Breakout, you are good! And since you are so organized (which we love) consider starting a club team for winter.


Yes. It is hard to imagine. But winter hockey season will be starting soon. It all starts right after the Labor Day weekend. Or precisely in 50 days from today, which is not much time. Not much time at all, to finalize ice bookings, build the master hockey schedule for Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Richmond. To figure out parity and placement for hundreds of hockey teams playing in the NCHL this winter. And there are team season schedules to build, select and publish. Lots of work. So if you have yet to register your team, please do it today! This will help a lot with speeding up the process of publishing your schedule for the whole season on time.


Each season we try to do our best to build and release the master hockey schedule on time. If there is one thing wrong in the information we have received from your team it delays the release of the schedule for everyone. So if you are a division 10 team, but chose division 1 by accident on Breakout, the winter hockey might as well be a write off if you had to play in div 1. We want to avoid this case as much as you do. Imagine if more than one team does this, well it piles up and it takes longer and longer to figure out the whole schedule for the rest of the year. The schedule is now late! We want to avoid this and publish it on time. You can help. Please make sure your information is completely accurate on Breakout for your team settings.


That all being said, there is still plenty of time to organize a team. In fact most of your players or potential players may not be thinking about hockey yet. For them 50 days is a long time and we can appreciate that. So what is the best course of action for a GM stuck between the rock of time and a hard place of needing to make a decision? Ask yourself this. Are you better off playing hockey this winter or not?


Do a quick survey of your teammates. If you have 9 other solid yeses you are well on your way and your hockey team will happen at a 90% certainty. We know this from experience, it is a question of confidence. If no one believes a team is a go it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. People loose confidence and it all unravels. On the other hand if your teammates believe that your hockey team will happen they are much more likely to say yes and sign up to play with you.


Try this. Set up the team on Breakout, join the winter 2018-19 hockey season and set up the team invoice. We recommend 15-18 players on your paid roster. Once the team invoice is ready, add your players to it. Pay your own team fees, this part is easy, right? Now get 2-3 other players to do the same and presto the team is happening!


By the way, we are not here to make people playing with us. We want your hockey experience to be exceptional, so if you get to a point where the team is just not happening and you paid the deposit, we will work with you. Even though the deadline for deposit refunds is 45 days before the start of the season, we review each situation on a case by case basis. And can easily refund your deposit if you were not able to get beyond signing up those first 2-3 players. We just don’t want teams who have committed to us and paid to pull out last minute, this really screws up the schedule for everyone else. Time is needed to adjust in a case like this.


Most of this info is not very relevant to you as a player. But there is one thing that is. You can help your team GM ensure the team is happening for winter. It is simple. Pay your own fees once you are invited to sign up on Breakout. And, you have plenty of choices for payment. You can do one, two or monthly payments and as of the time of this writing you can split your season fees into 6 payments. Ok, there is one more thing you can do to help your team GM. Every rec hockey team picks up 1-2 new players each season to round out the roster. If your team is looking for more players, which is usually the case, see if you can help with getting a friend on your team! Ask the GM first though.

P.S. If you already registered your hockey team and paid your deposit for winter, you are awesome! We thank you! Please keep up the good work and get all your players paid up in full or signed up on payments as soon as possible!

Drop In Pickup Shinny Hockey While You Wait To Be Placed On A Team

Black Aces Weekly Shinny

You just want to play? Perfect, you don’t need organize a team. We will set you and all your friends up for a winter hockey team. We will place all of you together on the same team. Guaranteed, or your money back! Registration for Winter is about to open very soon. In the meanwhile please consider the Black Aces Weekly Shinny.

Once we gather enough people interested in playing on a winter ice hockey team, we will start a weekly Black Aces Shinny. This is a great opportunity to play ice hockey while you are waiting to get on a team for winter. There you will get a chance to meet, and play with or against your new potential hockey teammates. What an awesome way to break the ice and start getting in shape for winter!

The ice times will be posted on Breakout weekly for each city. Please fill out the form below so you can get the link for the Black Aces Shinny team on Breakout. Once we have enough people on the list we will start setting up the ice times.

Team Registration Contract

The NCHL herein now referred to as The League and/or the League sets forth the following terms and conditions that constitute a binding contract between the League and the individual registering the team, here to referred to as The individual and/or the individual, and/or team GM.

The League reserves the right to place each team into the most appropriate division as deemed by the League.

The League reserves the right to realign each team during the season as necessary at the sole discretion of the League.

In the event of your team choosing a schedule plan and the League needing to realign the team into a different division throughout the season resulting in a modified schedule that does not conform to the schedule plan of your choosing, the League will adjust the team invoice to reflect the new schedule by pro rating the cost of games modified due to divisional realignment.

Conference placement is subject to availability and first come first serve basis.

Deposit is 100% refundable 45 calendar days before the start of the season as per League schedule. Start of the season is defined as the first game to be played by any team in the League that season. After the 45 calendar day cutoff, the deposit and/or any part of the deposit may be refunded at the sole discretion of the League.

The order the League receives your deposit in is the order you are able to pick your schedule for the season. Deposits are received on a first come first serve basis. Only payments successfully processed will apply to the total counted towards the received deposit. Deposit must be paid in full before the League can add the team to the deposit order and allow the team to pick its schedule unless otherwise specified by the League.

The League deems the individual registering the team responsible for payment of the team invoice after the season started regardless of what happens to the team during the season the invoice was generated for. In the event of team being forfeited from the League, or for any other such reason the individual registering the team is responsible for payment of all outstanding invoices including any and all applicable fees.

The League reserves the right to add $600 late fee on invoices that are overdue.

The League reserves the right to charge back any credits given to the team on team invoices that are overdue.

The League will charge $150 administration fee for every returned check to the team invoice.

The League reserves the right to forward all overdue invoices to a collections agency at any point in time.

Player Waiver Complete Text

I understand and agree to the following:

The League’s decision shall be final on the adoption, enforcement, and interpretation of all League rules and policies, and all other matters relating to League activities.

I agree to abide by all such decisions not withstanding my personal preferences to the contrary.

Each team will have a team captain who will be elected from among the team’s players at the beginning of the season. The team captain will be authorized to act as the sole agent of the team for all purposes relating to League activities and events. If I am elected team captain, I will act to ensure that the team strictly complies with all League rules and policies.

The League may use for promotional, advertising, or educational purposes, without notice or compensation to me, any audio and/or visual recordings of any League activity in which I may appear.

I give explicit consent to The League to contact me via electronic and/or other methods of communication for any reason as deemed required by The League, including and not limited to marketing and promotional offers.
“NCHL”, “Non Contact Hockey League”, “Canadian Recreational Sports Development Corporation” and the names of and rights to all League teams, are the exclusive property of the League and shall not be used in any manner in connection with any non-League play or any tournaments or multiple games that have not been expressly approved or endorsed by the League.

In conjunction with the NCHL Rules & Regulations, these Terms of Registration, and any written notification of playing rules, policies, or conditions, represent the entire agreement between the League and me, and there are no valid or binding representations, inducements, promises, or agreements, oral or otherwise, between the League and me that are not set forth above. This agreement may be amended or modified only by writing signed by me and an authorized corporate officer of the League. To the extent there exists any inconsistency or conflict between these Terms of Registration and any other statement of League policy or rules, these Terms of Registration shall prevail and shall remain fully binding upon me.

I agree in and with the positive character and fair play principals of the NCHL which include (but are not limited to) first and foremost respect of self and others; followed by personal maturity; constant vigilance with respect to safety; personal, team and league character and integrity; and adding to and participating in a positive social interaction while in engaging in an appropriate acknowledgement, pursuit, and participatory competitive manner.
I understand that this is a recreational novice to intermediate league and accept personal responsibility for conducting myself accordingly and further agree to both assist and be subject to the NCHL mission statement “to provide competitive adult recreational ice hockey for men and women in a fun, safe environment”. Failure to abide as deemed by league administrators will result in my possible forfeiture, suspension, and/or expulsion.

Liability Waiver


These risks and dangers may be caused by my own actions or inaction’s, the actions or inaction’s of others participating in the event, the conditions or layout of the event, or my or other’s equipment. There may be other risks not known to me or that are not readily foreseeable at this time. The social and economic losses and/or damages that could result from those risks could be severe and could permanently change my future.

I HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE the NCHL hereinafter referred to as ‘the League’, any of the League’s officials, management, owners, the proprietor or employees of any ice facility used by the League FROM ALL LIABILITY TO ME, my personal representative, assigns, heirs, next of kin, FOR ANY CLAIMS, DEMANDS LOSSES OR DAMAGE ON ACCOUNT OF ANY INJURY sustained by me while participating in any League activity, including, but not limited to, death or damage to property, CAUSED OR ALLEGED TO BE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF ME OR OTHERWISE.

I hereby certify that I have adequate medical insurance to pay for the treatment and cure of any such injury, which may result from my participation in League activities, and I agree to be solely responsible for all medical, and other, costs arising from any injuries I may receive while participating in League activities. I further certify that I have no known medical condition, which would prohibit me from participating in the sport of ice hockey. I acknowledge that the League strongly recommends each player to receive a physical examination by a competent physician prior to participating in any League activity.

I further agree that prior to participating in any League sanctioned event, I will inspect the rink facilities and equipment to be used, and if I believe that anything is unsafe I will immediately advise my coach, team captain, and the game supervisor of such conditions, and I will refuse to participate until the unsafe condition(s) has been removed. I further understand that the League does not warrant any equipment used in any League activity or any facility at which League activities are held.

Winter Ice Hockey League and Team Fees


Hard to imagine, isn’t it? June is nearly over, winter hockey is less than 3 month away. Kids are now being signed up for hockey in their community. Soon the smell of hockey will be in the air, and we are hard at work securing ice times for the winter season.


Each year we try our very hardest to secure the best possible ice times by pleading with all our existing suppliers that adults deserve to play hockey too! Some times better ice times do come up. But, we would not know this until we get a little closer to the start of the season. And we are sure you, like everyone else would want to play at better times. So let us share a little secret of how you may be able to do it in the winter.


As you already know, there are limited schedule packages. One was so limited it sold within minutes of opening winter registration. Just because you chose a schedule package it does not mean you are going to get it. Why? Because we sort out who gets what in the most fair way possible. First come first serve basis. If you are on the ball you get to reap the rewards of better schedules in the winter!


The secret is getting your deposit in before anyone else does. The sooner we have received your deposit the higher your team is on the list, not only securing (only if you were quick enough) you will get the package you want, but also getting a better selection of the schedules available! There is one more secret somewhere else in this message, so read on.


We know what your are thinking, “I haven’t yet registered the team so I must have missed out on all this”. Not exactly right. First, it all depends on other teams, how fast did they pay their deposit? If they signed up for a package but were tardy with the deposit they may not be getting the schedule option they want, but you on the other hand might! Secondly, even if you did not get the deposit fast enough or were not able to pick your first choice of package it is still important to register the team and pay the deposit as quickly as possible.


Why? It is simple. Even with other package options you get choices, and these choices are rapidly diminishing with team registering and paying their deposit every day! So in other words if you register at the very end, you get what is left and with the shortage of ice times this season (some arenas out of order like Fairview in Calgary), what is left is not that good. Don’t be last!


Lets make things easy. For the next 12 days until the end of June we are slashing the deposit amount needed. Originally the deposit for winter was $2,500, but until June 30th, 2018 at 11:59:59PM (Midnight) PST you can pay half the deposit ($1250) and we will immediately insert your team in the deposit order! Does this mean you have to reach into your pocket and pay us $1250? Hell no! All you have to do is pay your own league fees and get one maybe two more players on your team to do the same. Once your invoice payments hit $1,250 you are good to go!

By the way if you were organized and already have more than $1250 paid, you don’t need to do anything else! We will slot you into the deposit order based on when you reached the required deposit amount. You do not lose your spot in line.


Now, you know about the deposit. You know what it means to be in the deposit order and you know how much the deposit needs to be ($1,250). You also know that you do not need to pay it on your own, rather you just need to get your players to pay their own fees. Lets talk about how you can start collecting team fees. It is super simple, with the help of Breakout you can add players to the new winter team invoice. Your players can then go in and pay their fees choosing one, two or monthly payments (these are interest free right now – but they won’t be for long).


You can see the video and read more about it here, but these are the steps for existing teams.

  • Login into your Breakout account
  • Go in the menu to Payments
  • Hit Join New Season button at the top of the page
  • Choose your season, conference, division and payment plan, make sure you hit the payment plan itself to select it, it should light up in blue
  • Hit the Submit button and you should be all set
  • You will now see the payments page with your new invoice, hit manage invoice and you can start adding players to this invoice for the new season.
  • Skip to 1:01 on the video to see how to add players to invoice either via email or from your existing team roster.

So what are you waiting for? Register your team now, and get us the deposit!

If you have done all this already, we thank you! You are an awesome team GM and your teammates should be kissing your feet and worship the air you breathe.

Welcome to NCHL –  A Better Way to Play!

P.S. If you are thinking of starting a new team for winter, now is a great time to get organized. Please visit “How To Register My Team” page.Watch for an email soon about the new club team promo!