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  • 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.  

  • By Lonny Lovins  NARCh wrapped up another regional in San Jose in stylish fashion.  The tournament ran like a well oiled machine, as we stayed on time throughout most of it, and the games were a lot of fun to watch.  People didn’t come here to see me write about the logistics though, so we will get right down to the hockey.  ATOM DIVISION - The Atom division featured four rival teams from the area, who always seem to produce good hockey players.  For the Atom Gold championship, we

  • By: Lonny Lovins  It is about midway through the day here in San Jose, and since the Sharks have graciously decided to leave the Spring time hockey to the kids, we are seeing our best bay area hockey being played here at the Silver Creek Sportsplex.The best game of the day was turned in first thing this morning, as the Delta River Rats and the NCR Tour Elite tangled.  It is impressive to watch how the Squirts play.  They are disciplined, and driven, and they are able to do things with the

  • By Lonny Lovins: As we wrapped up Winternationals in San Jose this year, it gave me a lot of time to reflect over the weekend we had had.  I can’t remember this many final games going to overtime, and I can’t remember the competition being so close in general.It is a testament to the sport, that teams are becoming more competitive, and the games are becoming closer.  It means that the game is evolving in all areas, and teams are taking it more seriously. It seems that the days are gone wh

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