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  • Atoms and Mites – We would like to thank everyone involved with Pro Elite Hockey.  They produced two teams of 8s and 10s to be able to compete this weekend.  We know the little kids had fun and were very excited to receive their big medals. Hopefully this program can continue to grow and develop young talent in the area.Peewees – 5 teams competed in the peewee division.   One of the best games of this division was the prelim game between the Goalzillas and the Hungry Howies that the H

  • Being at this rink really brings back some good memories.   We’ve been coming to this facility for at least 12-13 years.   Even though it’s a long way from home, I really enjoy coming here.Many people had to listen to me vent on the phone about the state of the sport here.   In my opinion it could be so much better with just a little more effort and synergy among all the people involved.  Staying positive though, it’s not all bad news.  Some house leagues are up in numbers, like

  • Things change by the hour when forming tournaments, but here’s the update as of this beautiful Monday Morning. Our first regional qualifier is coming up this weekend in Ft. Myers, FL.  It’s a small event, 20-22 teams.   To be honest, it’s a little frustrating to not have more teams in a market where we often take the NARCh FINALS, but there’s a lot working against us in Florida this time of year.   1) Spring Break and outrageous hotel prices 2) ice hockey still going or just endi

  • It’s day 2 here at East Coast Winters.  We saw a lot of great action yesterday and our lone championship was in the 6u cub division where the Gladiators defeated the Dreamsports Dragons White in a high scoring affair, 13-5.We’re seeding atoms this morning to see who is going to fall in the gold and silver championships.   Momentum is huge in hockey, but at this age it’s so big that it sometimes leaves you scratching your head, which is what I was doing this morning.   Primetime Drag

  • By Lonny Lovins Although I have been a long time referee, this is my first experience both behind the scenes at NARCh, and being in North Carolina.  The temperatures changed dramatically over night as it was 65 degrees yesterday, and snowing buckets today.  The people of NC have been great, and their warm reception to the tournament and the staff has made the weather more than bearable.  The locals love their Hurricanes, and it shows as nearly every parent and child is donning at least one

  • 49 teams are here at Dreamsports and many already have a game in the books here this morning.  It just started snowing, so hopefully all of the teams are in town and ready to call Dreamsports Center their home for the next 48 hours or so.22 of the 49 are from North Carolina, so the other 27 traveled in from places like New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and even Texas.  There are also many loose players that found teams from other states, like Florida and Virginia.  Their full teams couldn

  • By Eric Haak Burlington, Ontario native and former NARCh champion, Cory Conacher, has made a name for himself on the ice hockey scene. Coming off a four year decorated college career for the Canisius Golden Griffith’s, Cory was signed to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals in 2011. He quickly became a staple for the Admirals, leading them through a record breaking 28 game win streak and finishing out the year winning the franchises’ first Calder Cup. Following his striking season as top scorer fo

  • By Jeremy EllisSo here it is Monday night and I am at the airport waiting for my flight back to the Windy City.  Lots of memories stick out from this great event we all witnessed this weekend.  I always love seeing Silver Creek when I arrive in San Jose, but I get excited to head back home to see my family when it is all said and done.  Kudos once again to all the facility staff for keeping such a large event running so smoothly, it is definitely a large task. Special shout out to Brian Roh f

  • I checked in with a blog 19 hours ago and now I’ve returned.  79 games have been played since then and many of them fantastic.  Alkali RPD walked away with the Pro Title and the $ over the Breakaway Bullies.  The championship was a little anti-climatic, as Alkali really won all the loose battles, stayed out of the box, and executed on their power play opportunities.   This coming after both semi-finals were settled in overtime, showing just how tight the competition was.The Bullies are

  •  By Casey Wedge Day 3 – More Updates and Playoffs Get Rolling             As the weekend goes by players, parents, coaches, and fans alike get a little tired from hustling hard during games along with early mornings and late nights at the rink but somehow once playoffs roll around everyone shifts into overdrive and finds a little bit extra in the tank. The mite division kick-started the jam-packed day of action, playing the first games of the day. Most mite teams played a sin

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