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  • By Lonny LovinsAs we head toward the Squirt Gold skills competition, and the waining hours of day 4, I look back on the day we had and take a little pride in being a part of it.  While there was a lot of running around, I get to take a second and reflect on some of the things I got to see. We started off today with a couple of extra cups of coffee after having a few over time games push us back toward the hour of midnight last night. It took us a minute or two to get everything set up, but onc

  • By Lonny LovinsThe culmination of all the hard work that the young guys and gals have put in comes to a head today as we get started on our first day of championship games.The playoff and championship days are always a blast, once we get going it seems like they travel through the tournament like a tornado, and by the end there are medals, trophies, some tears, and a lot of smiles strewn about the rink.As Alex stated last night, we have finished the seeding for 3 of our divisions, and we will se

  • by Alex Morrison The longest meter is more like it up here.  Day 2 at the NARCh Finals was the longest of the 17 days we will spend in Mississauga this summer.  65 games, and 5 skills competitions took place  over the course of 17 hours, and we didn't have a dull minute. The skills competitions were the highlight of the day.  We started things off with the Atom Division, which was the largest skills turnout by far.  We had over 30 shooters!  This was one of the more entertaining skills com

  • By Lonny Lovins The longest day of the tournament started bright and early for us, and if I thought yesterday was moving, today is flying. The games today have tightened up a bit, as there are a lot fewer lopsided affairs. Most of the teams who had rough games yesterday, have refined their play and come in today refocused. This is a good thing to see especially when you have a lot of caring parents who want to make sure their kids are playing in the right place. I have gotten to see quite a f

  • It was a solid start to the 2013 NARCh FINALS today.   With so many moving parts the first day is always a little tougher until everyone gets in a rhythm and routine.There were many lopsided games today which is always a little bit of a bummer to me because if I had it my way every game would be won or lost by a goal and come down to the end, but that’s obviously not realistic.   The good news is that it will work itself out through the prelims and by the time we hit playoffs and the divis

  • By Lonny Lovins               The majority of our hard work ended last night.  As the dust settled from set up, we got a good meal in us, a meeting out of the way, some shut eye, and BOOM, just like that, the tournament is upon us.  The rink is bustling with kids on skates, parents with bags, and music blaring from every angle.  The sponsor area looks amazing.  All of the vendors have brought a great deal to show off, and with the booths and the banners, this is already shaping

  • By Lonny Lovins | June 17th, 2013This weekend marked the end of our NARCh regional tournament series for 2013, what a weekend it was.  While Daryn was hard at work taking great photographs, and editing video, I got a chance to see a lot of great hockey.  It got me excited to see what the finals is going to bring.I also got a chance to meet Phil Nolan and all of the rest of the the wonderful staff here at the Hershey Centre.  For those of you who may not know Phil, he is a rock for the sport o

  • To say there is a lot going on at NARCh is an understatement.  The FINALS Registration Deadline is upon us and everyone is scrambling to get registered.  Me being in Canada is not making things any easier, but I really needed to come to our last regional event here in Mississauga.Yesterday I had multiple important meetings with the Hershey Centre Staff to ensure that everything is completely dialed in for the FINALS to make it the best event possible.  Probably the most exciting meeting was t

  • By Jeremy Ellis Well we had a chance to grab a good meal and get a measure of sleep on Sunday night after a full weekend of action in Moriches.  I know Mike is busy getting after the highlight video so here I go closing things up with the last 4 championship game recaps. After the remaining 4 adult games squared away the seeds for the mens division, we were back to the medal games with the Squirt Platinum Final.  Mission Black Ice 00 had the #1 seed after a high scoring round robin that saw th

  •  By Casey Wedge Wrapped Up in BuffaloWhile shutouts were the theme for Friday and Saturdays games, the Sunday games wrapped up the weekend in a very different fashion. We’re always doing our best to keep games on time and keep everything running smoothly. When games are running a little late you’re not the only one frustrated. However, when we’re slightly behind schedule because of games that come down the dying seconds and games that are too close to settle in regulation, it’s a much

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