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  • By Lonny Lovins As we wind down here in Irvine, I am reflecting on a great tournament.  We saw a lot of great action on Sunday, and it makes me excited for the rest of the tournaments we have down the stretch.   There seems to be a pretty good buzz in the air about finals, and some of the new teams we saw are looking to make a mark in Florida.   Daryn hit on it earlier with his blog, Florida is going to be amazing.  Just being a part of the finals last year gave me a true sense of how a tour

  • By Lonny Lovins The weather has not been as warm as it was last year, but the hockey has been just as good if not better.  We wrapped up the Pro Division, Men's Platinum, and the Mite Divisions last night, and as always I will cover the play by play in my wrap up.  The finals last night provided a lot of drama, and I expect that today will also provide it's fair share of excitement. There have been a lot of "upsets" throughout the tournament, with some teams that got shelled by a team in the f

  • By Lonny Lovins  While we definitely need the rain in California, we don’t need it to wash out the tournament for us.  So far, the rain has been kept off the floor, and we are hoping, it remains that way through the night.  Under the canopy here in Irvine, things have been moving right along.  The hockey is always fast down here, as teams gear up for the big finale in Florida.  Southern California provides some of the better teams we see when the finals roll around.  With the talent I ha

  • By Lonny Lovins  With refereeing, playing, league directing, and tournament directing I have watched a lot of hockey over the course of my life.  I have seen great moments at almost every level, but today during these games here in Fort Myers, I have seen things that almost never happen in our great game.  A few of these games actually gave me goose bumps, because I remember as a kid, being so excited about winning a tournament.  I remember the crowd noise, the people I played with, and the

  • By Lonny Lovins  The tournament is creeping into the wee hours here in Fort Myers, but the stars were shining long before the sun went down.  Like in that little golf tournament a state over, today was moving day.  We saw a few teams improve their positions, and we saw a few cave under the pressure.  For the most part, we saw a lot of really good games, including a playoff game with a 7 round shootout.    The Cayman Island Squirts, and the Gulf Coast Eagle Squirts played an incredible gam

  • By Lonny Lovins We are off to a stormy start here in Florida, as the wind and rain has provided us with a lot of soaked gear being hauled in from the parking lot.  The games have been good and just as unpredictable as the weather.  With most of our teams looking to get qualified for Finals, back here in a few months, we are really seeing some inspired hockey.  The facility here is interesting, with the floor alternating in colors from green, to blue, to yellow and a little red strewn in there

  • By Lonny Lovins  Our time in Hawaii has ended for another year, but we are eternally grateful for the hospitality we were shown while we were here.  The weather always treats us well, and the Hawaiians treat us even better.  While this tournament was mostly a battle for Hawaii, it was a heated battle that brought us a lot of great games in our final day of play.  Mite Division - The Mite final was an interisland battle between team Maui and the KIHA Warriors.  This game was a battle of will

  • By Lonny Lovins                We pulled into the KIHA parking lot this morning, and it struck me how excited people get for this tournament.  It was roughly 7:00 am, and already the easy up tents were set up in the parking lot and people were bustling around ready to start play.                When we walked into the rink I was impressed with how clean and well laid out the place is.  I should not be surprised, since I was here last year, but sometimes once the i

  • By Lonny Lovins With Sunday's conclusion of our San Jose regional, we wrapped up one of the more fun tournaments I have had in recent memory.  One of the great things about working with NARCh, is that I get to see something new each time I work a tournament.  Our Atom tournament was one of the most successful we have ever had, with each team beating another in the division, to make it a real tough one to seed out.  The rest of the divisions finished on high notes as well, here is how everythi

  • By Lonny Lovins As we bring night one to an end, we have a lot of our divisions going final.  Some of the results are expected, but there were quite a few surprises throughout the day. The Cubs division was the only division that ended today, and they brought a lot of projected talent, and a lot of fun for the parents.  This was our smallest division, both in stature and amount of teams.  With only 3 playing today it was pretty easy to seed everyone.  The Silver Creek Spiders had tough time

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