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  • By Lonny Lovins We are off to a stormy start here in Florida, as the wind and rain has provided us with a lot of soaked gear being hauled in from the parking lot.  The games have been good and just as unpredictable as the weather.  With most of our teams looking to get qualified for Finals, back here in a few months, we are really seeing some inspired hockey.  The facility here is interesting, with the floor alternating in colors from green, to blue, to yellow and a little red strewn in there

  • By Lonny Lovins  Our time in Hawaii has ended for another year, but we are eternally grateful for the hospitality we were shown while we were here.  The weather always treats us well, and the Hawaiians treat us even better.  While this tournament was mostly a battle for Hawaii, it was a heated battle that brought us a lot of great games in our final day of play.  Mite Division - The Mite final was an interisland battle between team Maui and the KIHA Warriors.  This game was a battle of will

  • By Lonny Lovins                We pulled into the KIHA parking lot this morning, and it struck me how excited people get for this tournament.  It was roughly 7:00 am, and already the easy up tents were set up in the parking lot and people were bustling around ready to start play.                When we walked into the rink I was impressed with how clean and well laid out the place is.  I should not be surprised, since I was here last year, but sometimes once the i

  • By Lonny Lovins With Sunday's conclusion of our San Jose regional, we wrapped up one of the more fun tournaments I have had in recent memory.  One of the great things about working with NARCh, is that I get to see something new each time I work a tournament.  Our Atom tournament was one of the most successful we have ever had, with each team beating another in the division, to make it a real tough one to seed out.  The rest of the divisions finished on high notes as well, here is how everythi

  • By Lonny Lovins As we bring night one to an end, we have a lot of our divisions going final.  Some of the results are expected, but there were quite a few surprises throughout the day. The Cubs division was the only division that ended today, and they brought a lot of projected talent, and a lot of fun for the parents.  This was our smallest division, both in stature and amount of teams.  With only 3 playing today it was pretty easy to seed everyone.  The Silver Creek Spiders had tough time

  • By Lonny Lovins:   Another unseasonably warm day off of the "Great One's" highway, and the teams are playing tight to the finish.  With all the little tykes done yesterday, it was time for the big kids to take over the rink.  There was a lot of action, but outside of the preliminaries, the scores stayed pretty low today.  Both our Bantam and Midget divisions gave us some really exciting games.  Here is just a taste of what you missed if you weren't here today. Bantam Division - We star

  • By Lonny Lovins: Nor-Cal Cup is up and going in Stockton and we had a great day 1.  On a side note, coming from Silver Creek Sportsplex, which is the best facility I have been to, it is nice to see the facility in Stockton taken care of the way that it is.  From the clean glass, the well taken care of boards, and the nice floor, you can tell that they pride in the product they are providing.   The Atom and Mite divisions played all of their games today, providing us with a couple of really ex

  • While we were here, we got to sample some great Italian food, as you should when you are in New York.  My favorite was the chicken parm sandwich we got from the deli down the street from the rink.  While I was eating it, I kept thinking of Ray Ferraro, good old "Chicken Parm" himself.  Which I thought would segue nicely into our first final of the day. 35 and over - In our first semi-final of the day, we had the Born2Puck team playing against the Ice Dogs.  Born2Puck hadn't really had any co

  • By Lonny Lovins Our day got a little longer as a couple of playoff games, a broken sheet of glass, and some cut fingers put us behind.  However, we are slowly creeping toward the end of the night, and we are anxiously awaiting the games to go final, so we can see where our teams will line up for tomorrow's playoffs.   Checking the weather, it looks like as if we may have some flurries of snow to go with our flurry of finals.  Obviously the rink is abuzz with anticipation of the storm, the onc

  • by Alex Morrison I may have borrowed that tagline from another company... Some people are fanatics for certain things.  For example, in California, it is hard to travel more than a mile in any major city without finding a Starbucks.  In Canada, the same can be said for Tim Horton's, and in New York, it is Dunkin' Donuts.  This is an example of 3 very successful companies that have branded themselves very well, and serve a product that is good enough for people to come back again and again. In

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