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  • By Jeremy Ellis Family Ties Back in 2009, I was headed back to the hotel from the rink in Mississauga.  I was riding with three others, including one face that was new to the staff.  He looked eerily familiar, like someone I had met before.  It took a couple of minutes of discussion but we quickly figured it out.  Twenty six years earlier we had played pee wee hockey together back in Michigan.  That face was NARCh tournament director Pat Martinez.  This weekend we stepped onto the rink t

  • By Patrick Martinez     As the last day of NARCh sneaks up on us there are so many amazing things I could cover.  There were so many great games and many friendly faces over this time period.     As always, every time I attend NARCh I meet many new people from all over the country and overseas.  The hockey world is small in some respect and there is much love among the players and families who reach out and help one another.  NARCh builds camaraderie among the

  •   By Jeremy Ellis When attending a sporting event, a fans goal is to have the outcome come down to the final moments.  No one ever wants to sit through a blowout when the countdown to the conclusion is one born out of boredom.  The fans here at the rink today may have had more than their fill of outcomes decided within the waning moments. If you take a look at the live scoring you will see it littered with overtimes and one goal games.  It took overtime in the Pro playoffs, Junior Sem

  • Today is the climax of the 2012 NARCh FINALS with the Pro Final and 20k up for grabs tonight at 7:15pm.   We still have divisions going through tomorrow, but it’s really more like a half day as we crown our last few champions.  If you love the sport and want to watch great hockey, today is the day you circle on the calendar. As I mentioned yesterday if you’re a pro team it’s all about making the playoffs, which is not at all easy to do.  This year there are some great teams and pl

  • July 27th There’s a ton of action right now here at Silver Creek and the house is packed!  It’s also hard to stay on top of it all with the updates, but here’s what is on my mind mid-day on Friday. The Pro Skills last night was a ton of fun.  I’ve never seen the rink as crowded as it was last night.  The players had a blast and the crowd was definitely entertained. Travis Noe from Reebok stole the show last night with a great move to win the sniper competition over Brandon Pirri

  • By Jeremy Ellis   Today was a day to crown champions and to delight the crowd.  Squirt platinum and Bantam platinum drew to a close with teams that fought through adversity all tournament taking home the gold.  Coach Joe Cook led his Alkali squad back from a shaky start to pool play to division glory.  In Squirts, it was a rematch when Wheels of Anarchy locked horns with the Revision Vanquish.      NARCh finals is a grind, ask anyone who has had the chance to raise a

  • Exciting Final Thursday in San Jose By Alex Morrison Today brings a lot of activity to the SportsPlex.  Pee Wee Platinum has just finished up their pool play, and has been seeded for the playoffs.  As I was walking by rink 3 earlier this afternoon, right at the end of the Anarchy vs Mississauga Rattlers game, there was a close play down in the Anarchy defensive zone, and right at the buzzer, a shot on goal.  The buzzer sounded just before the puck entered the net, preserving the tie.  What

  • By Jeremy Ellis It was roughly 10:45 this morning when it happened.  The seal was broken and the first of what is sure to be many more exciting goals was scored in the Pro Division.  Sixteen games within the NARCh Pro division litter the schedule here today.  Yours truly gets primo seats for two of them as I get to referee the best players in the world later this afternoon. With the opportunity to officiate the D1 Final yesterday, it will be back-to-back days of excitement for me.  As you

  • We opened up the day with some great games that I wrote about in a prior blog.   The playoff games after that certainly did not disappoint and were full of action.  The crowds were also very solid all day long as many divisions were in action.   Even parents and players that played in silver and gold that don’t have a dog in the fight on the rink today came out to watch some great hockey. In the midget platinum division the Colorado Kodiaks would defeat the Alkali Fusion FTB 5-

  • Day 13 - July 25th Every NARCh FINALS there’s usually 2-3 days that really stick in my head because of the great games and I’m pretty sure today is going to be one of those days. First it was the Alkali Fusion FTB that needed overtime to get by the CO Wolverines in midget platinum playoffs by a final of 4-3.   The Wolverines scored two goals in the last 1:20 to send it to OT, so there was a scent of upset in the air, but FTB had the finally say in this one. Next on the same rink i