By Alex Morrison
Today is the end of a long 3 months of travelling across North America to run events and seed teams. It is a bittersweet day for me, knowing that the journey is almost complete, yet being away on Father’s Day. My kids said good morning via FaceTime (thank you Apple), which was nice, but definitely not the same as being home.
With that being said, we have about 10 hours left in the event, and time should fly by, as today’s docket is full of playoffs and finals. Right now, we are in the Junior/Men’s Gold Quarterfinals, with the Pee Wee playoffs following thereafter.
While we are used to running events on multiple rinks at once, this single rink qualifier is one of the busiest I can remember. Filming highlights, taking pictures, putting out fires between teams, updating the web, and my favorite part, talking with players and parents about the NARCh Finals and where their team would stack up kept the clock moving quickly during our 18 hour day yesterday.
A lot of teams from here are showing interest in coming to San Jose next month. I have actually even received registration for the Finals here. Look for North Shore Zulu to bring a few teams, as well as Eagle Ridge with 4 teams ranging from Mite – Bantam. In addition, a few men’s teams plan on making the trip down, maybe not formed exactly the way they are here, but since men’s is not a “qualified” division, quite a few players will be in attendance.
Of all the regionals I have attended outside of California, this one seems to generating the most interest in the Finals, which is very exciting for the future of the sport up here! Credit should go to Gerry St. Cyr and John Howard here at Eagle Ridge for putting together such a strong organization that has kept so many players excited about being a part of this great game.
Look for the recap of the event later today. Happy Father’s Day!