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NARCh Finals to showcase return to the rink as 2021 gets game back to normal

July 8th, 2021

It appeared the 2020-21 inline hockey season might be another unfortunate casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic following the cancellation of the NARCh Finals last autumn and the NARCh Winternationals in February. But following revised restrictions and health protocols issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in March, teams were able to return to the playing court…

San Jose roller hockey star Edwards finding success on floor, in eSports gaming world

July 7th, 2021

From playing professional roller hockey in Europe to becoming a professional gamer, competition is nothing new to Chase Edwards. It has always been in his blood. Growing up in San Jose, Edwards picked up hockey at the age of two thanks to the influence of his dad and grandfather. Little did he know the type…

Vikings eagerly preparing to get back on West Valley roller hockey floor in 2021-22

June 24th, 2021

It has been more than 850 days since the last puck was dropped for the West Valley Vikings. After wrapping up their 2019-20 regular-season college campaign, their postseason run of the Saratoga-based team was cut short by the pandemic. West Valley spotted a 5-9-2 record in 2019, following a five-game losing streak to close out…

Pacific Cup Tournament Series relaunch successful on Arizona inline court

January 13th, 2021

There is hope that the inline hockey schedule can get back to a more normal setting in the 2021 calendar year after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out all but a few kernels of the 2020 summer season. The NARCh Finals, for instance, were initially postponed to late summer/early fall with the hope of getting in…

Summer, fall inline tournament schedules interrupted by COVID-19 pandemic

November 18th, 2020

Inline hockey and ice hockey complement each other in many ways, especially in the sense of cross-sport training, but the two styles of hockey diverge in other areas. Whereas ice hockey has a multi-layered structure, with player drafts prefacing advancement through various competition levels in a defined pyramid, inline hockey is basically tournament-based. Teams are…

No sophomore jinx for CIF-Metro high rollers

June 17th, 2020

The Scripps Ranch Falcons repeated as Kiwanis Cup champions to cap the 2019-20 CIF-Metro Conference high school roller hockey season, but a pair of sophomore scoring wizards – Cathedral Catholic’s Quinn Conway and Bonita Vista’s Maxwell Anderson – combined to earn a deserving share of the spotlight. Conway (pictured) helped catapult the 11th-seeded Cathedral Catholic…

Coed hockey remains core value in CIF-Metro Conference inline league

March 4th, 2020

The Sweetwater Union High School District-sponsored CIF-Metro Conference owns the distinction as one of the state’s longest-running scholastic leagues under the same operating body. The league is celebrating its 20th anniversary season in 2019-20 with 17 varsity teams. Its coed nature is perhaps one of its strongest selling points to student-athletes on campus. Several teams,…

Next generation of inline hockey players ready to roll across California

March 3rd, 2020

Inline hockey experienced its first major growth spurt in Southern California in the early 1990s. Fast forward more than 25 years and inline hockey has become a global sport. It spawned a first generation of elite travel teams that, in turn, spawned a series of major regional and national tournaments that continue to be supported…

Noris feted for service to San Diego roller community

January 13th, 2020

Joe Noris is fondly remembered as one of San Diego professional hockey’s shining stars during the 1970s but it’s been his 30 years of involvement in roller hockey as a manager, owner, manufacturer, player and coach that has left a legacy in the region. It was a sad day when Noris, 68, announced the closure…

CIF roller hockey circuit celebrating 20th anniversary season

January 12th, 2020

The CIF-Metro Conference is celebrating its 20th anniversary season in 2019-20 as the only scholastic inline hockey league officially sanctioned by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Twenty years after the first puck dropped in late November 2000 at a roller hockey rink in Chula Vista that now houses a social security administration complex, student-athletes within…