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  • By Jeremy Ellis Halfway home through Saturday here at the Germain Arena and despite there not being multiple championship games, the action has been intense throughout the morning and afternoon. We have had some issues with moisture on the Arena Rink today that we have been addressing.  There were some areas on the floor last night that received a thorough washing in order to keep the floor tip-top.  Unfortunately, some of the water pooled under the tiles and had worked its way to the surface.

  • By Jeremy Ellis 2014 – Glad to be back here for the NARCh Finals.  I arrived yesterday here in Florida and walked into a great atmosphere at the Germain Arena.  I think it is safe to say that this is my favorite facility to have Finals at and I look forward to coming here every few years.  This is my 3rd Finals in Florida and each one has been better than the last. This Final’s is somewhat bittersweet for me.  My initial association with NARCh was as a referee.  I have been working as a

  • By Lonny Lovins Day number seven, and we are off to a great start.  We have had two more divisions go final, and we have some great skills competitions coming up. The action has been getting heated today, as a lot of the older kids are letting their emotions get the best of them on the floor.  This has resulted in a few more penalties, and a lot of power play goals.  We have been having a great tournament so far, and I expect we will see even better things going forward.   We have been getti

  • By: Lonny Lovins  We are roughly one third of the way through finals, and our Silver/Club Divisions have wrapped up for the kids.  Overall, the skill level of the Silver and Club Divisions is increasing,  which I believe will lead to our Gold Division getting better, which will in turn make our Platinum level amazing.  The tournament has been running very smoothly, and the games for the finals have been really close, with a few of them going to OT.  The round robin games were close as w

  • By Lonny Lovins If you tuned out early last night, you missed some great games.  I know that most parents and teams wanted to get some rest, but in leaving, you may have left the best games of the tourney so far. It seems like everyday I am talking about the best game I have seen thus far, but I guess that is because as we get farther and farther into the tournament, we are going to see better and better games.  Last night I witnessed the longest game I have ever seen since I have been working

  • By Lonny Lovins We are well into day 4, and we have had a flurry of championship games.  Most of them have been really competitive, with a few needing extra time to be decided.  We also had a couple of divisions finish last night. Let's start with last night's action.  The San Diego Rockets, and the Colorado Stallions played in the Atom Platinum Final.  This was one of the best games I have seen in awhile.  I will go into full detail in my overall write up at the end of the tournament, but

  • By Lonny Lovins I am fresh off of the floor again from my refereeing shift, and today had an even better start than yesterday.   The Mites got us kicked off with a 6-5 thriller in which the Colorado Stallions edged out the Katios team from Colombia.  It was an intense game from the drop of the puck to the final buzzer.  A lot of open rink play, and nice passing.  Hopefully these teams get to meet again somewhere down the line, so that they can give us another showdown. I also got to take a l

  • By Lonny Lovins I got the opportunity to referee a few games this morning. I like getting out on the floor, because it always gives me a good perspective on how the tournament is going for the players, coaches and fans.   The hockey was a lot of fun to watch this morning, as I got to see the Atoms, Mites, and Squirts play.  The little kids were playing really well, and most of the games were very competitive.  The Silver division is always fun, because the level of play differs so much from

  • By: Lonny Lovins The early afternoon storm brought with it a fair amount of thunder and lightning, but it was nothing compared to what our skills competitions brought throughout the day.   I have been working with NARCh long enough to have seen almost everything, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how many kids signed up for the skills competitions.  The skills competition is still one of my favorite things to watch, and I am not embarrassed to admit that I snuck out to the floor to watch

  • By Lonny Lovins We worked late into the evening last night, putting the finishing touches on all three rinks.  We take a lot of pride in making sure that we put on a great event, and it took a strong team effort to make sure that everything was ready.   There is a lot of excitement about the drone camera capability, and I look forward to seeing how it will translate into the overall production of the games.  If it looks as good as it did during testing, it is going to look amazing when you se

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