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  • Today started off much better for me than yesterday. Yesterday I was running around town looking to replace a lens and today I’m having a great time taking in the action while I’m filming and shooting a few photos. I love capturing some of the great moments and being able to replay them, whether it’s by a photo or the action on video. The weather is completely different than yesterday. Today it’s cold and rainy, yesterday it was about 65 and sunny. Either way it doesn’t matter much

  • Day 1 of East Coast Winters is in the books. The energy in the building was fantastic and the sponsor booths were packed almost all day. Tour, Alkali, Labeda, Revision, and IDI Photography are all present. I’d say one of the highlights of the day was the cub division. 3 local teams played and for all but a couple it was their first experience at a tournament. Not just the kids, but the parents too. The teams were very balanced, which helps create a great first impression. Nothing but huge s

  • East Coast Winternationals – pre-tourney update I’m currently sitting in the Holiday Inn Express getting some busywork done. The breakfast area just filled up with the Venezuela Team that’s playing in the tournament. They’re making the most of their visit, getting in a few days early to practice and taking in the Hurricane Game tonight. I’m very excited about this tournament. Teams from everywhere are traveling in to play this weekend. There are more teams from out-of-state than

  • West Coast Winters 2012 is winding down. Left on the docket are semi-finals and championships for the 10 divisions still playing. As a spectator, the Pro Championship Game last night between Pama and Larceny was probably one of the highlights. We’ve had a lot of tight pro championships in the past, but in many cases it starts out slow and builds speed, like two fighters feeling each other out. Last nights game wasn’t really like that, it was more of a slugfest from the start, which provid

  • Pama Cyclones and Larceny play a surprisingly up and down affair, providing a lot of entertainment for those in attendance. I'll start this off with the disclaimer that I was on the floor refereeing the game, so this might be a different point of view than if I was outside the boards. This might sound weird, but I have no idea if the stands were packed, or the atmosphere in the building, or any of the typical stuff you might see in one of these write-ups. I can tell you, however, that the

  • Well it’s 5am here at the Silver Creek Sportsplex. The bad news is that Starbucks isn’t open yet. The good news is that it’s quiet enough to write a blog before the day gets crazy. Today is a day of championships for many divisions, 13 in all. We start off with our squirt division matchups with the West Coast High Rollers vs Rampage Delta for the the silver title, and the San Jose Tsunami and KIHA Warriors in Gold. It’s worth noting how for the KIHA Program has come in such a short ti

  • The entrance to the rinks at Silver Creek have been as busy as the NARCh Finals, with kids and adults alike checking out the latest and greatest from our sponsors. The atmosphere on the rinks have been matched by the atmosphere off, in part due to our sponsor displays, and the mobs of players hovering around them. Tour Hockey is here, represented by Chad Siebel, who also coaches the Tour Mudcats. He has been great with everyone coming by, and has made the transition from player to coach we

  • It’s after 10pm here at the Silver Creek Sportsplex and we’ve been going strong for about 16 hours. We are just over 70 games in, but the night's still young in terms of hockey to be played with about 14 still to go. In Squirts, almost every team played 3 games today and there are 4 teams that went 3-0: KIHA Warriors, Puckhogs, Tsunami, and West Coast Warriors. Most of the Peewees also saw three games each today and Anarchy Red, NCR Elite, and the West Coast Warriors all finished the d

  • We are officially a few games into the 2012 Season. 134 teams are participating this weekend, which makes it the largest WINTERNATIONALS we’ve had since going to a one-weekend event a number of years back. Some of the game times are grueling and we truly appreciate everyone’s understanding that to have an event such as this crammed into a weekend, there are some sacrifices that need to be made... at least in the form of less than optimal game times. I’ve made the drive from San Diego to

  • 2011 was a GREAT year for NARCh. I made a point to hit the road as much as I could and visited places that I haven’t been to in a while during the regional season, examples being North Carolina and Georgia. I’m very aware that in this tough economy not every team can make it to the NARCh FINALS, so the NARCh Regional Qualifier is sometimes a team’s only NARCh Experience. For this reason we want to make sure that the regional tournament is very memorable for them, and of course we encourage