• by Alex Morrison We enter the home stretch here in Florida with 3 men's division playing for 4 Championships.  The 30 & Over Division, Men's Gold and Men's Silver/Bronze finish up our 23 day journey on 2 coasts that are the NARCh Finals. Earlier today, the Pee Wee and Midget Divisions finished up with 2 Canadian teams and 2 teams from the US wearing gold medals out of the building.  The Midget Platinum Division ended with Tour STL 98 besting the Rattlercats.  In Midget Gold, the Coyotes t

  • by Alex Morrison We enter the last weekend of the Finals with a lot to look forward to, and some great moments to relive.  Let's start in the past... Yesterday, we crowned 4 more champions in 2 Bantam Divisions and 2 Junior Divisions.  The most anticipated game of the day was the Junior Platinum Final, as the Konixx Outcasts looked to avenge a preliminary round loss against Black Ice.  The division up to that point had been the PJ DiMartino show, as he was well into double digits in points, a

  • By Jeremy Ellis Day 8 here at the 2016 NARCh Finals and while some teams are just coming in for the start of their run, mine is winding down as I leave today to head home to Chicago.  This marks my 10th summer spending time with the 'Worlds Greatest Roller Hockey' and each summer gets a bit better than the rest.  I do feel it in my bones though, as my soon to be 42 year old legs feel the grind of the 18,000 steps I take each day around the Germain Arena. My Career here at NARCh has evolved fro

  • by Alex Morrison We are starting day 6 of the NARCh Finals in Florida, and have played 2/5 of the games on the 566 game schedule.  13 sets of gold medals have been handed to champions, with 18 more final games to go.  Today, we start Bantam Platinum, Bantam Gold, Junior Platinum and Junior Gold.  All of this happens on the same day that Division 1 wraps up, as well as the Squirt Silver/Club division. We are expecting to see two great Division 1 semifinal games here on the arena in less than a

  • By Jeremy Ellis In hockey, the first goal of a game is integral to success.  In roller hockey, this rings especially true.  The Labeda Snipers took this strategy to a new level this weekend.  In their three playoff games, the Snipers scored first in each and every one.  The aftermath was a stranglehold of puck possession and suffocating defense; the recipe for Sniper success. Twelve teams laced up their skates for a chance at the $20,000 cash prize that awaited the winner.  Eight of those 1

  • by Alex Morrison A busy first Friday at the NARCh Finals was highlighted by two events:  The top Mite (10u) division final, and the NARCh Pro Skills Competition.  We will take a moment to recap those two events, as well as a few others that took place here in Southwest Florida. The Mite Gold Final featured a very strong team from Michigan named BT Red versus the St. Louis Blast Gold.  BT Red showed over the course of the last 3 days that they were a very strong and balanced team with Gavin Ch

  • By Jeremy Ellis Welcome to the weekend and today’s really Big Show!  It is Friday here at the Germain arena and while the AC makes the building cool, the action on the floor is sizzling hot! The excitement always picks up at the Finals when the pros are in the house and yesterday the division got started Full Throttle.  No menacing Black Ice was reported in the parking lot with temps hovering in the 90s, but who cares when none of these RinkRats ever leave the rink.  The players looked like

  • By Jeremy Ellis Well it is the first Thursday of our 2016 Finals at the Germain Arena, and that means the Pros are in the building.  Twelve teams will be lacing it up in the toughest of roller hockey divisions for a chance at big money.  Already, I have seen some familiar faces who have taken a few years off, but are back in full force.  Cason Hohman, Tyler Walser, and the crafty veteran John Pinheiro are all here for their shot.  It really is exciting seeing some of the big names from a few

  • by Alex Morrison A relatively light 27 games have taken place at today's premiere of the 2016 NARCh EC Finals in Southwest Florida.  Mite, Pee Wee, and Midget Silver took center stage today as one of the best venues in the world for roller hockey, Germain Arena plays host to us and the 199 teams over the next week and a half. Today was a fun one, as over 100 Mite players participated in the skills competitions for their divisions earlier, as did a couple dozen Midget aged players this evening.

  • NARCh has always had a strong belief in using technology to showcase our events.  Not only have we captured many great moments through the years that are highlights to players and parents that will stick with them the rest of their lives, we also show those not familiar with roller hockey what the sport is all about. We first started live streaming events back in 2002 in St. Paul, and 2003 in Florida.  Needless to say technology has advanced tremendously through the years and we’ve continued