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  • by Alex Morrison We enter the home stretch here in Florida with 3 men's division playing for 4 Championships.  The 30 & Over Division, Men's Gold and Men's Silver/Bronze finish up our 23 day journey on 2 coasts that are the NARCh Finals. Earlier today, the Pee Wee and Midget Divisions finished up with 2 Canadian teams and 2 teams from the US wearing gold medals out of the building.  The Midget Platinum Division ended with Tour STL 98 besting the Rattlercats.  In Midget Gold, the Coyotes t

  • by Alex Morrison We enter the last weekend of the Finals with a lot to look forward to, and some great moments to relive.  Let's start in the past... Yesterday, we crowned 4 more champions in 2 Bantam Divisions and 2 Junior Divisions.  The most anticipated game of the day was the Junior Platinum Final, as the Konixx Outcasts looked to avenge a preliminary round loss against Black Ice.  The division up to that point had been the PJ DiMartino show, as he was well into double digits in points, a

  • By Jeremy Ellis Day 8 here at the 2016 NARCh Finals and while some teams are just coming in for the start of their run, mine is winding down as I leave today to head home to Chicago.  This marks my 10th summer spending time with the 'Worlds Greatest Roller Hockey' and each summer gets a bit better than the rest.  I do feel it in my bones though, as my soon to be 42 year old legs feel the grind of the 18,000 steps I take each day around the Germain Arena. My Career here at NARCh has evolved fro

  • by Alex Morrison We are starting day 6 of the NARCh Finals in Florida, and have played 2/5 of the games on the 566 game schedule.  13 sets of gold medals have been handed to champions, with 18 more final games to go.  Today, we start Bantam Platinum, Bantam Gold, Junior Platinum and Junior Gold.  All of this happens on the same day that Division 1 wraps up, as well as the Squirt Silver/Club division. We are expecting to see two great Division 1 semifinal games here on the arena in less than a

  • By Jeremy Ellis In hockey, the first goal of a game is integral to success.  In roller hockey, this rings especially true.  The Labeda Snipers took this strategy to a new level this weekend.  In their three playoff games, the Snipers scored first in each and every one.  The aftermath was a stranglehold of puck possession and suffocating defense; the recipe for Sniper success. Twelve teams laced up their skates for a chance at the $20,000 cash prize that awaited the winner.  Eight of those 1

  • by Alex Morrison A busy first Friday at the NARCh Finals was highlighted by two events:  The top Mite (10u) division final, and the NARCh Pro Skills Competition.  We will take a moment to recap those two events, as well as a few others that took place here in Southwest Florida. The Mite Gold Final featured a very strong team from Michigan named BT Red versus the St. Louis Blast Gold.  BT Red showed over the course of the last 3 days that they were a very strong and balanced team with Gavin Ch

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