The HDSE Franchises:
The Pirates are one of the oldest franchises in the league. Born in 2008 under the leadership of Chad Carreira, they pioneered the development of Hespeler Dads Ball Club while participating in the rec leagues at the old Ice Park. In the teams final year before joining Hespeler Dads Sports and Entertainment, they appeared in the league championship game only to lose by one run.
The Buccaneers (Bucs) history also predates the forming of Hespeler Dads Sports and Entertainment. They played one season in the same league as the Pirates in 2010. The rivalry between the two teams was epic, and something that the Ice Park and other leagues could only wish to recreate. The franchise is best known for its attitude towards playing the game and having fun, emphasis on the fun part. The 2010 season for the Bucs will forever be defined by the blockbuster trade made with the Pirates towards the end of the season. It was a 4 player swap that some say was done to give the Pirates a shot at winning the championship.
The Grey Gooses (Formerly known as The Mammoth Men) were critical in the forming of the HDSE. As an established team within the Ice Park league at the time, they were approached by the Pirates and persuaded to help form the new league. With the state of the playing conditions at the Ice Park in 2010, it wasn’t difficult to persuade them to join. In their first year in the HDSE they lead the regular season in wins, only to lose a dramatic championship match to the Raiders.
The Raiders are the youngest, yet most successful franchise in the Hespeler Dads Sports and Entertainment. Lead by the partnership of Matt Broga and Mike Gammage, the team has earned a reputation of champions with back to back victories in 2011 and 2012. They are the team that everyone loves to hate, because they win, but on draft day everyone secretly hopes to be selected to the wear the black jerseys.