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  • We are in the middle of a very busy weekend with 3 tournaments taking place simultaneously.  I’m here in BC with Lonny Lovins as my sidekick while Mike Vickerman and Jeremy Ellis are in Long Island, and Casey Wedge and Itan Chavira are in Buffalo.   From the updates I’ve glanced at online it looks like the other two tournaments are going very well. This is my first time visiting Vancouver Island.  I’ve heard it’s beautiful and Gerry St Cyr has been telling me for years that I need t

  • By Casey Wedge Mid-Day from Buffalo On this foggy morning in Buffalo, Peewees and Bantams kick started the day with the puck dropping at 6:30 on the dot.In the first game of the day, the Pittsburgh Bandits faced off against the Butler Cobras Black. The Bandits took an early lead finding the back of the net twice before the game was even four minutes in. The buried again with only thirty seconds remaining in the first period going into the intermission with a 3-0 lead. The Butler Cobras battled

  • By Jeremy Ellis We are closing in on the halfway point of the 2013 Moriches Regional.  The rink has been abuzz all day long with non-stop action here and the anticipation of the IIHF Gold Medal Game in Germany.  Interest was high for the action abroad as local boy made good, Team USA Captain, Greg Thompson goes for gold.  Greg cut his teeth through the ranks of NARCh and was looking to add to his medal collection, which included a NARCh Pro championship from 2011.  Team USA did not disappoin

  • By Lonny Lovins Generally coming into a city a day early provides you a good opportunity to rest and prepare for the tourney.  However, on this trip, it has provided me a day to look at one of the nicest cities I have ever had the pleasure of visiting.If you are a fan of Philadelphian architecture, and Canadian hospitality, this might be the perfect place for you.  The downtown area is right on the waterfront, complete with some of the biggest yachts, and definitely the biggest sailboat I hav

  •  By Casey Wedge Buffalo – Night One Wrapped Up After a casual red-eye to Newark followed by an hour and a half layover this morning Itan and me finally made it to Buffalo.With this weekends Buffalo Qualifier taking place in a four-floor building (3 sheets of ice and 1 roller rink) there is nonstop traffic in and out of the rink and the softball fields right outside only add to the movement. Each Squirt team played their first two round robin games tonight and there was one Bantam game to to

  • By Jeremy Ellis The 2013 NARCh regional tour slogs on as we drop the puck in a soggy Long Island.  The three day regional brings us to the Rapid Fire Arena in Moriches, New York.  It is always nice to come out to the stomping grounds of roller hockey icons Jason Muro and Anthony "Vio" Violante. It was hairy making it out here today.  The area is being deluged with the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea. As I flew from Chicago to Baltimore to Long Island, the rain never stopped and has been hea

  • It's a great day besides the Kings losing 2-1 to the Blackhawks by a gorgeous tip by Hossa.  Here in Escondido there's a nice evening breeze and we are finally cooling down.   I'm a little jealous of the mites and peewees since they were done by noon today.  With so much to do around here with the beach not too far and the Wild Animal Park, I'm sure they had a great time this afternoon away from the rink.With 34 games in the books and 10 more to go today has been really a great day to play th

  • Well it’s now mid-afternoon here in Escondido.   I’ve stepped away from the rink to put up some quick pictures and write a quick blog.  The internet is hit and miss at the rink, which is a bit frustrating.  I will say it’s nice to step into an air-conditioned restaurant and grab a peaceful lunch while I’m working.Last night Itan Chavira and Casey Escarcega put on great clinic for the kids.  We had a wide range from probably 7 year olds up to 17 year olds, somewhere around 35 players

  • There’s a misconception that men’s teams have to qualify for the NARCh FINALS.  THEY DON’T!  They are OPEN DIVISONS and all you have to do is fill out the form and send it in with payment to register.  The FINALS Registration can be found at http://narch.com/finals-info/Players CAN NOT play multiple divisions between the MEN’S DIVISIONS.  Whether a player is playing Pro, Platinum, Gold, or Silver, they can only play in one of these divisions.Players that are age eligible can play mul

  • By Mike Vickerman  Today’s events did not disappoint fans or players in the Championships. Some amazing hockey took place, as well as lot’s of overtime.In the Mite division the Red Deer Snipers fought hard but couldn’t contain the Sherwood Park Bullfrogs. The Snipers played the first period perfectly, but fell short in the second.A shoot out would determine the Champions in the Squirt division. The number one seed Sherwood Park Bullfrogs took on the second seed Reed Deer Snipers in the mo

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