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WMO News

November 2018

2017-18 PLAYER SURVEY RESULTS

League’s Loyalty Score Sharply Increases Over Previous Year
 

A total of 197 players participated in the 2017-18 Survey, giving us a remarkable 81% response rate, our second highest response rate ever. Our Net Promoter Score (“Would you recommend the League to a friend?”) was 73 (out of 100), 4 points higher than the previous year. Any score above 70 is considered fanatically loyal. Our overall satisfaction score was 4.6 on a scale of 5 which is historically consistent. A key question on this past year’s survey was related to one of the more contentious issues which the League perennially faces: the movement of players between Divisions. A strong majority (65%) felt the Convenor should decide which players should be moved; 26% felt the decision should be left to the players; and 9% voted for a mandatory age limit. For complete survey results go to:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-RVCHFFY8V.

 

SUMMER HOCKEY

Expansion to six teams a resounding success

 

It was a big gamble – making the leap from 4 to 6 teams. For 9 years the League operated with just 4 teams. But this past summer, in our 10th season, there appeared to be enough interest to warrant expansion. The gamble was worth it. We filled every available spot. Even better, the summer turned out to be a resounding success. In the playoffs just 2 points separated the first and last place teams. And in the Championship Final the game was deadlocked until the final moments when the Bruins run by Dan Hopkins and Carl Weichel scored a late goal to win it all.

YOUR OFFICIALS

Player approval rating now at 91%

 

According to the 2017-18 Player Survey, 91% of players approve of the job being done by the officials, with 62% rating the refs to be “very good” or “excellent”. That’s a dramatic improvement from 6 years ago, when almost 30% of the players felt the officiating was no better than “fair” or “poor”. A big reason for that change was the arrival of Jerry Cantarutti as Referee in Chief who brought in a new crew of officials. This year Jerry stepped aside as head of officiating and turned the job over to Ben Campoli. Ben is a “Level 2” Certified official who has been refereeing adult recreational hockey for almost 20 years now. An “oldtimer player” himself, having run his own team for many years, he has a feel for the game which makes him a judicious and fair-minded official, as well as being even-tempered and approachable. During daytime hours he serves as the Director of Training for Pizza Pizza. Finally, we mustn’t forget our Timekeepers, Diane McDonald and Vivienne Gnappa, who have been doing an outstanding job since they came aboard last season.

OUR NEW LOGO

Our long-serving “Turtle” bows out after 36 years of service

 

The purpose of a brand is to give an organization an instant symbol of recognition that will stand the test of time. But sometimes, after many years, a brand image can start to look tired. Which is why, on occasion, you’ll see companies spend a lot of money to re-launch their brands. We were faced with the same decision. Our long-time mascot, the Turtle, had been around, in various incarnations, since the League was founded 37 years ago. Some felt it was time to retire the elderly reptile. So the League embarked on a search for a new design that would better reflect the “modernity” of the League. After many rounds of creative iteration over the summer, looking at many different logo variations, we finally settled on a simple but striking design inspired by a sketch John Morrison created: a mirrored image of the initials WM, separated by a subtle “O” formed by the vertical intersection of the letters. We believe it’s a classic logo that will serve us well for many years to come.

 

AFFILIATE LEAGUES

Opportunities to add another night of hockey

 

If players are interested in adding another night of recreational hockey to their schedule, there are several affiliate leagues which might represent an option, depending on the age and skill level of the individual. These include: The Lakeshore Oldtimers Hockey League, an 8-team league for players 40 years of age or older which plays at the MasterCard Center and is run by the Bronze Division Convenor Stephen Shaw (who also manages a team in that League called the Etobicoke Wings); the Wednesday Night Oldtimers, a 6-team league for players 49 years of age or older which plays at Long Branch Arena and includes a team called the “Turtles”, run by our President Cal Roberts, as well as a team run by John Morrison (Gold Division Convenor), called the “Blues”; and the Mississauga Over 50 League, a 6-team league for players 53 years of age or older which plays at Tomken Arena and includes a team called the “Bruins” run by Stephen Shaw and Dan Hopkins (the Convenor of the Silver Division) as well as a team headed up by John Morrison called the “Argonauts”. If you’re interested in the possibility of joining any of these leagues, simply direct your inquiries to the respective contacts listed above. 

 
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