If you were reading hockey media the last two days, you may have heard about “Da Beauty League”
This is a new summer league that has just started running out of Minnesota at the Braemar Arena in Edina MN (just off the I-494 beltway surrounding the twin cities). They have 6 teams, and 8 sponsors listed on their web site, and will play 4-on-4 hockey. Alex Goligoski, Ryan McDonagh, David Backes, Nick Bjugstad, Taylor Chorney and Brock Nelson are the team captains, and John Scott is listed as the “Very Part-Time Honorary Commissioner”. Which means he hands out the “John Scott Cup” at the end of a short playoff series. Rosters are a mix of NHL players and prominent amateurs from the Minnesota region.
Well, this is not the only such league. You may also be aware that our region has its own summer league for top hockey players. At the Foxboro Sports Center (located coincidentally in Foxboro, MA) each summer, on Wednesday nights, the Foxboro Sports Center Pro League plays 3 simultaneous games per night. Featuring players from the NHL, AHL, ECHL and NCAA, some names you might recognise are Jack Eichel, Jimmy Vesey, Tommy Cross, Johnny Gaudreau, the Hayes brothers and Chris Kreider. The league has 6 teams, each with 18-22 players on the roster. They will have 2 rounds of playoff games for the top 4 teams, but I have no word on whether they have a cup named after a player.
Also, I don’t know about that rink in the picture above… Dry scrape, guys… dry scrape.