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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 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

  • 2012 NARCh Pro Team Rosters

  • 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 Alex Morrison Each of the Midget Platinum and D1 teams playing had 2 games today before ending their preliminary round.  In Midget, 4 teams really stood out to me over the last 2 days, and as it turns out, they are the top 4 seeds in the division.  Black Ice from Long Island, NY, the Kodiaks from Colorado, Alkali Fusion (a mixture of players from across the country), and Revision Vanquish from California all played well enough, and have a ton of talent on their squads.  The most unusual

  • By Jeremy Ellis At the conclusion of their Pee Wee Gold award presentation, the Norcal Swaglete had some unfinished business.  Yes they proudly wore the freshly earned gold medal around their necks, but they were anxious to get to the Alkali hockey booth that sits here in our vendor section at Finals.  Why? Jay Russell, Brand Manager for the year old company had told the team during playoffs that they would get new Alkali shirts should they take home the gold.  When they came to collect, Jay

  • By Jeremy Ellis On a Thursday afternoon here in San Jose, the Tour Roadrunners and the Give Blood Play Hockey boys battled it out in a Junior Gold round robin game.  Seeds were at stake and the action was both tense and thrilling.  Give Blood would pick up the 2 points with a 4-2 victory, but the game had an underlying theme.  With 841 total games at this year's NARCh Finals, this Junior Gold contest represented the official halfway point of the Finals.  A time to look back at all the gre

  • Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000105 EndHTML:0000005217 StartFragment:0000002297 EndFragment:0000005181 Day 4 By Chad Spezia Day 4 here at the Narch Finals was loaded with great hockey to go along with the great atmosphere. Everybody do yourselves a favor and check out the Day 4 Highlight Video, it pretty much sums up how the events gone so far better than I could explain in words. On that note, Daryn and camera guys have been working tirelessly to put these videos together. Many people don’t

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