Well the New Year has finally arrived and it seems like 2012 is really rolling along pretty fast. We are almost three weeks into the year and the State Wars office has already gotten an enormous amount of phone calls about State Wars 8 and questions about tryouts. All of our information is on our website so please feel free to check out www.statewarshockey.com. But hey, Tim and I are here all daylong so if you do want to give us a call please don’t hold back.
The Winter Wars events are really shaping up and it’s still fairly early in the year. As always, we are really looking forward to these tournaments and can’t wait to see all of the familiar State Wars families and players. It looks like we will also have some “new blood”, so we can’t wait to meet the new teams! Make sure you register your team now because we do not want you to get blocked out. All of the forms you need to register your team are on our site.
Most excited for in 2012:
(No particular order)
Getting the RINKS facilities on board and hosting tryouts in Huntington Beach, CA. As a player growing up there were always “stud” teams and players that came out of these rinks. Not only is this is a great facility but they do a great job at growing the sport. Back in my day the Huntington Beach rink was known as “Coast 2 Coast” where the OC Blades used to play out of it. This is a rich area for roller hockey and we are very excited to get some new players involved with State Wars Hockey.
MID WEST WARS:
Our first ever Mid West Wars will be held at the Joe Dumars Field House and at “The New Rink” (April 13-15). Hockey Town is known for some of the best hockey teams in the country. We are really looking forward to a sold out tournament and already have loads of out of state teams committed for the event. Michigan state directors, Matt Koleski and Dave Zarem are really amped up for the event and are really pushing for this event to be top notch. Ice hockey season is coming to an end during this time so we are approaching this as a, “welcome back” to roller hockey tournament. Make sure you register now!
We have gotten a number of calls/emails about possibly some new states getting on board for 2012. I’m not going to announce any of them now but you will find out as the year goes on! “New blood” is great for the game and it will make State Wars that much better!
As many of you know State Wars 8 will be held in St. Peters, Missouri (August 1-12) at the beautiful Rec Plex. Downtown St. Louis is about 30 minutes away from St. Peters and it is a really easy drive down there. You can check out the new Busch Stadium and hopefully check out the World Series Champions, St. Louis Cardinals. Some of you may know, but I actually lived in St. Louis for four years during my college days. Not only am I familiar with the area but also I can guarantee that families will love their STL experience! The rink is almost brand new and the facility is top notch. All of the rinks are NHL size and the lighting/seating is perfect! There are concession areas all over the place and the beer will be on tap! My guess is that it will be a majority of Anheuser-Busch (Just a wild guess). Obviously, ONLY for the parents and players who are 21 and over. There is a huge field area for players to run around on and play soccer or whatever the case may be. Maybe some pre game calisthenics? St. Charles is a couple miles away and it is a huge historical area. Lots to do and see and there is a great “old school” feel to it. Cobblestone roads and lots of neat little shops. My mother used to spend hours down there! Great nightlife and awesome restaurants down on main street too! I was out there for a good friend’s wedding (Tom Bruce, Missouri Meltdown) over the summer and we played an awesome game called demolition ball. Make sure you check out this site. I think it would be a great team building game. If you any questions about the area please feel free to email me!
Over the years we have been very fortunate to have some of the best players in our sport involved with State Wars. This year we really think this is going to be our best year. Missouri is home to some of the best players in our game and we think that this event will get some players out of the “wood work”. I am sure you will see some of the top ice hockey players who do not normally play roller hockey in St. Peters this summer. Overall, this will make the tournament ten times stronger because other states know that Missouri will be making a strong appearance. State directors, players, and parents will definitely look to get the top players at their state tryout so they can take down Missouri! There are also a couple local roller hockey rinks in the area so if you want to practice before or even during the tournament please let us know so we can get you information.
I hope this information helped some of you out who had questions about State Wars. Good luck to all of the teams who are playing in other events this winter and we hope to see you at Winter Wars or maybe even our first annual Mid West Wars.
For questions, please email Greg@statewarshockey.com