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  • 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

  • It’s about 11pm here at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse and we’ve started the downslope of this tourney, as well as the NARCh Season.  This event is always sort of a pinnacle of the regional qualifying season.  Not just due to the scope and size of this tourney, but the focus after this shifts to the NARCh FINALS.  We still have 5 very important regional qualifiers coming up, but the bulk of them are behind us and the FINALS are in our not-so-distant future.Today we’ve already crowned champions i

  • By Mike VickermanWe’re wrapping up an exciting Saturday here at Sherwood Park. When the day is done, all teams will be seeded and playoffs will start bright and early tomorrow morning.  There’s only two teams in the Mite division, and the Sherwood Park Bullfrogs have won both the games so far, but the Red Deer Snipers came together in the second match. It should be a close game in the final. There is still one more game in the Squirt division and it looks like the Sherwood Park Bullfrogs wi

  • By Mike Vickerman  Greetings from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada. After seven hours of travel, clouds, rain and lost luggage, I’m still excited to be here this weekend. This weekends tournament is taking place at the beautiful Millennium Place- and what a facility!  The Sherwood volunteer group has gone above and beyond any regional I have ever seen.Upon team check in, every team gets a care package and the feeling that they are at a major event. There is also a raffle where you can win an

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