Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Introduction to the Minnesota Special Hockey organizational site (for coaches and board members)

This news announcement is only important if you're a coach, board member, or a volunteer who needs to update our calendar or share documents.

Otherwise, you can ignore it.

Our web site is provided to us by Google. It's free now, and once we get our non-profit tax number we get even more free Google services. It's a bit like having our own "IT department" - for free.

Even now Google provides some services, like shared documents and spreadsheets that we can use if we need them. They also give us some pretty good calendar services.

For now it's only the calendar we're going to be using. It will allow us to create public events everyone can see, and private events for "authorized users" only.

I've created user accounts for board members and coaches and we can add other volunteers as needed. These users can edit the calendar that's displayed on our public calendar page.

Here are some reference notes for these users:

  • I sent out user names and passwords January 29th. If you need help with those email me at
  • Everyone has an email account.The new accounts are set to forward to members' regular email address. You can test this by mailing a message to your MN Special Hockey account and seeing if you get it back. If you don't get it back let me know. If you want to use these as real email accounts you can just change the settings (see below).
  • There's a start page where you can find links to the calendar, change your password, access your email (optional) and try other features: There's also a link to this page on the main page of our public site. You can use this as your home page if you like!
  • If you change your password don't forget it, I can reset your password but I can't find out what you change it to!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Stingers; hold march 16 for eoy party

Coach Rick is planning for an EOY party on March 16th, so mark that day off. Probably @ 5pm.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Fox News video: January 2008

MyFox Twin Cities | Hockey for Everyone is a link you can use to watch the Fox news video from the 1/20 Eagles vs. Stingers game. Sam and Matthew did a great job!

Many new photos - mostly Stingers including pizza party

I have added MANY new photos to our shared photo gallery.

As always the not-so-secret password is "mnhockey".

MN Special Hockey 2007-2008 will take you to page 3 of the current album. You can order photos, magnets, etc from this photo sharing site, or you can download the full sized digital image.

The latest set includes our recent pizza party, as well as a snapshot of our game pictures, individual head and shoulder images, and more.

If you've any questions, just email John Faughnan at

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Stingers photo orders and FOX news

We had a great game with the Eagles, alas that they beat us.

Stingers photos are now available for order. Order forms were distributed at today's game. Please bring your order in for our next practice.

We're on FOX TV (local) tonight after the Green Bay game. Jane is going to send us the URL for later viewing.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Stingers Pizza Party - Jan 20th (tomorrow)

After tomorrow's game, we're heading to Devanni's for a pizza party. We expect about 30 guests.

A prior post has details: Stingers Pizza Party - Jan 20th.

Here's a link to directions from the arena to the party.

South on Bush Lake Rd toward Dewey Hill Rd, left at Edina Industrial Blvd then left on Normandale (MN-100). Go 4 miles,.

Take the exit toward Vernon Ave/Eden Ave/W 50th St

Circle around a bit: Turn right at Grange Rd, right at Eden Ave, right at Arcadia Ave

left at Gus Young Ln/Interlachen Blvd

Davanni's Pizza & Hot Hoagies
5124 Gus Young Ln, Edina, MN 55436

Friday, January 18, 2008

South Stingers game Sunday Jan 20 - prompt start needed (also, FOX)

Coach Rick has a message for The South Stingers Sunday game against the East Eagles (at the MN Made arena, our home ice):
All Stingers,

Try and get to the game earlier this Sunday, so we are all on the ice as soon as possible. We are starting play without warm-ups, so player introductions will begin promptly at 11:40.

Also a news crew from FOX will be filming our game, and conducting some interviews, so we need lots of cheering from the home team.

Coach Rick
The Stingers rock!!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Stingers Game One, Photos Jan 6th, Gear orders

[orig by Jane Cashin]

Our first game will be the Stingers vs. the Polars starting at 6:40 p.m. at the Blaine Schwann Super Rink (directions):
  • Everyone should use the rear entrance for rinks 5 & 6.
  • Sunshine Photo will be taking the pictures.
  • Polars should be at the rink, dressed and ready for pictures by 5:30.
  • Stingers should be at the rink, dressed and ready for pictures by 6:00.
Stingers clothing is now available for order. Jane Cashin will place the order Mon Jan 14th. Print and complete the order forms to get your gear.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Stingers Pizza Party 2008 RSVP list

The RSVP list for the Stingers Pizza Party 2008 is online, but for privacy reasons it's limited access.