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  • 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 Jeremy EllisIt was an action packed weekend here in St. Louis and we are finally all wrapped up and ready to ship out of town.  58 games over 3 days are what we brought to the Gateway City.  Five divisions competed this weekend in a sold event that brought hockey, friends and competition together under one roof.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog, we shared the rink with a dog show this weekend.  It was one of those obstacle course events where the dogs jump and run through hoops, pretty

  • 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

  • I felt like I shut my computer for 30 minutes before my iPhone alarm went off. Time to get up and head to breakfast. Our Pama Cyclones team had a big semi final game against the Tour Mudcats at 11am. I headed down to breakfast with my roommate Brin Morris to grab a quick bite. I switched it up today and went for the pancakes and blueberry muffins instead of the normal french toast and muffins. I must say, the Embassy Suites here in Hawaii has a delicious and outrageous selection. Then off to t

  • By Jeremy Ellis We get set to light the lamp for the final times here in Missouri.  Three championship games remain in Mens Silver and Bantam Gold and Silver here at the Matteson Tri-plex.  It has been a great weekend complete with new friends and exciting action.  The Finals today have been intense.  While we are yet to see an overtime game today, the games have been close and the battles have been teetering on the edge.  The hockey community here is pretty familiar with one another and th

  • Honestly, never in a million years did I think that I'd be in Hawaii playing roller hockey. I've been so blessed and fortunate to play all over the United States and in Canada but.... Hawaii???My trip started out bright and early Thursday morning. NY-LaGuardia Airport to Houston Texas to Honolulu Hawaii. A long 12-13 hour haul was worth it the second we landed in Hawaii.Within seconds of getting off my flight I had text messages to come out and meet up with everyone. The roller hockey community

  • By Jeremy Ellis Well day is turning to night here in Missouri and the older divisions are starting to hit the floor.  But along the way we wrapped our Atom division with the finals in the Silver and Gold division.   The effort put forth by the coaches and staffs here locally to put together a complete Atom division was amazing.  With four teams we were able to have both a Silver and Gold final and all the teams played for Gold and SIlver medals.  That taste of getting to a final at such a yo

  • 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

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