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  • By: Lonny Lovins & Jeremy Ellis  Day two is almost in the books, and we are about to finish up with a classic Cowboys and Indians in the NARCh Pro Division.  It looks to be a real shoot-em-up.  The Cowboys are coming off a tough loss, hopefully they can circle the wagons, and get themselves back in the tournament.  The Indians have reservations about their first game as well, as they started slow going down by four goals, before charging late to earn a tie.  In the end, it should be

  • By: Lonny Lovins  Day one has been an absolute seesaw.  We didn’t have a mercy for the first half of the day, and we were still ahead going into the skills competition.  With our high level of signups for the skills, we got pushed back about a half hour.  This was due to holding up games to allow the skills to finish, then the mercies started rolling in.  Now we are running ahead by a half hour, and I am hoping the switch doesn’t flip on us again, as an early day is much better than

  • By: Lonny Lovins  Yesterday was a long day of setup, this morning we tackled the finishing touches, and now we are a go for launch!  The excitement is palpable, with all of the teams coming in with high hopes, and eager faces.  We have groups from all over the globe competing today, and it is awesome to see some familiar faces back from places like New Zealand, Colombia, and Namibia.  With all of the usual suspects here as well, we are looking pretty solid. I have to admit, this is going

  • By: Lonny Lovins  With Huntington Beach in the books, it is time to look over the tournament and talk about the ups, downs, and the championship dances.  With a pretty big field of teams, it was really exciting to watch the big players come and play on the big stage.  I am pretty excited for the finals, and I think it is going to be a great time for everyone that is involved.  The staff at the Rinks, in Huntington Beach, are fantastic, and I look forward to working with them again.  No

  • By Lonny Lovins   With playoffs dominating our early Sunday morning, so far the name of the game has been puck control and speed.  While this is the case in almost all of the high level games, it seems as if the kids are moving a bit faster than normal.  Maybe it is because this is one of the last "tune up" opportunities before the finals, maybe it is because they want to beat a bitter rival, or maybe it is because I am in sleep deprivation mode, and everything seems to be moving faster t

  • By: Lonny LovinsThe prequel to finals is off and running, with a lot of mercies, and a lot of late kids coming in from various school functions.  After the initial hectic start, things have smoothed out, and we are doing just fine.  With the Rangers and the Lightning providing the background noise, every game in the building feels like it is a game 7.  Obviously there isn't that type of atmosphere yet, but you can't keep the kids from skating their hearts out.Many of the schools in the area h

  • By Lonny Lovins:  We wrapped up Irvine on Sunday with the Pro Final ending the festivities.  It was a long weekend, but a great weekend.  It was a lot of fun watching the teams from around the area tangle with teams that had to travel from afar.  In the end, we saw a lot of great games, from the Cubs, all the way to the Pro Division.  Hopefully I will be able to capture the essence of excitement that this tournament provided with my game write ups.  Here we go!  CUB Division - The

  • By Lonny Lovins  We are sprinting to the finish here in Irvine, after a delayed start to our morning.  We had a little condensation drip onto the floor, which made us start a little late.  Thanks to the amazing staff here at the Rinks, we were up and going with minimal delay.  On that note, I have to say, that the staff here in Irvine is some of the best that we have to work with.  They are always there at a moment’s notice to help with any issues that we have.  They have a top notch

  • By: Lonny Lovins  It’s a hasty start to the morning here in Irvine, and the weather seems to be in check at the moment.  Daryn was just remarking at how fast it seems this tournament is moving, and I couldn’t agree more.  It is weird to think that in a few minutes time, we will have some teams that are already out of the tournament.  With 22 teams in the PeeWee division, the seeding was wild.  Some of the teams that didn’t make the gold playoff were upset, but there were too many

  • By Lonny Lovins  The Beach Boys are playing over the speakers, and everyone is wearing sandals (even in the rain), I must be back in Southern California.  We are off and running in Irvine, and despite the rain, the floors have stayed dry so far, and the hockey has been non-stop.A few of the teams started last night, to free up travel time for our hockey birds to fly in from everywhere else in the Southwest.  The games last night were a lot of fun, as the Midgets, and PeeWees got going.  

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