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  • Interview by Nick Boyarsky Name?Thomas WoodsHow old are you?26Where are you from? Vancouver, BCWhat are you doing here at NARCh West?Playing Pro with the Tour Rebels and working in the Tour Booth in Vendor Row.How Many NARCh Finals events have you been to?I think my first one was in Florida in like ’09? After that I’ve been at either or both Summer and Winter Nationals every year.Which NARCh venue is you favorite?Florida because you can go with the family, stay a bit longer. It’s the hoc

  • By: Lonny Lovins and Jeremy Ellis  Day four has given us the best games so far.  The pros are doing what the pros do. They are providing us with huge moments, at opportune times. Everyone wants the big money, as all of the teams have been skating their tails off to try and send their teams to the big game.  The kids are providing us with a lot of entertainment as well, as all of their championships are getting going.  The first championship of the day went to overtime, and it featured th

  • By: Lonny Lovins  It’s early here in Huntington on day three, and we may have already seen the game of the day.  In the PeeWee silver playoffs, the Revision Revolution and the Mission Bauer Raiders faced off in what played out as an instant classic.  The Revolution came in with a lot of momentum, and looked to take their tournament play to the next level, as they would build a three goal lead in the first period.  The Revolution were cruising to the next round, as a fourth almost guara

  • 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

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