For the third consecutive year the Winter Wars East event was a huge sell out and overall terrific event. I am so proud to be partners and associated with the Sportsplex and their incredible staff. Mike Churchville, Tony Voce, Anthony Merrigan, and Victor (master of the maintenance dept) did an amazing job accommodating our staff and customers. Even when the lift broke down on Friday with our final 40′ banner hanging half off the top of the netting above, “Church” and the boys were able to work out away to pull the banner up by rope. Great job guys!
The weather wasn’t great all weekend long and at times I really thought either the roof would blow off or the electricity would go out. Luckily neither happened and that proves that God truly is a fan of State Wars Hockey!
Some great hockey was played all weekend long, as 84 teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Virginia came out to participate. For many parents and players it was their first experience at a “State Wars” event and we truly appreciate their support. I know some parents questioned the mid day Friday games, the 6am starts on the weekends or event the late ones at night but that is the only way to structure a true “National” tournament of this size. If a tournament has 20 teams in it, obviously it is much easier to give everyone ideal game times etc… As this event has grown each year, we are proud to continue to have so many younger teams playing in the event. With two great 6under teams, six 8 under teams, and eight 10 under teams playing…the future is bright! Thank you parents and coaches for getting these young boys and girls on their skates at a young age!
And for those of you who have never been to State Wars, if you had fun this past weekend make sure you get your child signed up for tryouts as the summer event will simply blow you away!
Thank you to all of the people who helped promote the event and who brought teams as well. There are too many of you to mention as I know I will leave someone out, but you know who you are!
Next up Winter Wars West at the beautiful RMR facility in Lakewood, CO. 60 teams from Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, and British Columbia will battle it out over the weekend. Check out our website for updates and see below for more info.
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