Why is ice time so late (a.k.a. – how is the schedule determined)?

The most important part to remember about ice time is how many factors are involved; many of which are outside of the Board’s control. Every effort is made to provide a fair, easy schedule for all players, regardless of their team or division.

The schedules for all league sessions are determined in much the same way. The biggest difference between the summer season and the fall/spring seasons is the availability of earlier ice in the summer, as many youth hockey leagues do not skate then. Therefore, the DWHL is afforded the luxury of early (i.e., before 9:00 p.m.) ice times. When the youth leagues start up in the fall, they get priority ice. As a result of its longevity, the DWHL has experienced increasingly earlier fall/winter ice times over the years. The ice cost is the same regardless of the time.