Tagged: roller hockey

Throwback Sweater Saturday

From Left: Bill Crawford, Collin Insley, Danny Gandasetiawan, Dan Koogle

Most Saturday mornings I play a friendly game of pick-up hockey at The Rinks Huntington Beach – a roller hockey rink owned and operated by the Anaheim Ducks. I’ve written about it before in this space, but something pretty cool and unique happened this morning – Throwback Sweater Saturday.

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When Men Become Boys: A Weekend at Adult Nationals (Part 5)

From June 28th to July 8th, the Anaheim Ducks, Reebok, and the Amateur Athletic Union hosted a massive, two-part roller hockey tournament at The Rinks: Huntington Beach. The 2012 Inline Hockey Adult Nationals segment of the tournament was held from June 29th to July 1st, while the 2012 Inline Hockey Junior Olympics ran throughout the course of the week-and-a-half -long event.

I participated as a player in the Adult Nationals tournament, and played spectator to a large amount of both Junior Olympics and Adult Nationals games. This is my experience.

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When Men Become Boys: A Weekend at Adult Nations (Part 4)

From June 28th to July 8th, the Anaheim Ducks, Reebok, and the Amateur Athletic Union hosted a massive, two-part roller hockey tournament at The Rinks: Huntington Beach. The 2012 Inline Hockey Adult Nationals segment of the tournament was held from June 29th to July 1st, while the 2012 Inline Hockey Junior Olympics ran throughout the course of the week-and-a-half -long event.

I participated as a player in the Adult Nationals tournament, and played spectator to a large amount of both Junior Olympics and Adult Nationals games. This is my experience.

(copyright Collin Insley)

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When Men Become Boys: A Weekend at Adult Nationals (Part 3)

From June 28th to July 8th, the Anaheim Ducks, Reebok, and the Amateur Athletic Union hosted a massive, two-part roller hockey tournament at The Rinks: Huntington Beach. The 2012 Inline Hockey Adult Nationals segment of the tournament was held from June 29th to July 1st, while the 2012 Inline Hockey Junior Olympics ran throughout the course of the week-and-a-half -long event.

I participated as a player in the Adult Nationals tournament, and played spectator to a large amount of both Junior Olympics and Adult Nationals games. This is my experience.

(copyright Collin Insley)

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When Men Become Boys: A Weekend at Adult Nationals (Part 2)

From June 28th to July 8th, the Anaheim Ducks, Reebok, and the Amateur Athletic Union hosted a massive, two-part roller hockey tournament at The Rinks: Huntington Beach. The 2012 Inline Hockey Adult Nationals segment of the tournament was held from June 29th to July 1st, while the 2012 Inline Hockey Junior Olympics ran throughout the course of the week-and-a-half -long event.

I participated as a player in the Adult Nationals tournament, and played spectator to a large amount of both Junior Olympics and Adult Nationals games. This is my experience.

2012 Adult Nationals, The Rinks: Huntington Beach Inline

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Traditions

Today is Sunday May 27th, and I woke up this morning realizing that for the first time in recent memory, there would be no playoff games to plop down on the couch and enjoy…which is to say that waking up this morning sucked.

As we wait for the puck to drop in the Stanley Cup Final series between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils, I’ve found that it is time to reflect – not so much on how we got here (the round-by-round blow-by-blow), but more how I got “here” – to a place in my life in which, as a born and bred Southern Californian, I’m counting down the minutes until the first game in a championship series between two teams I don’t have a rooting interest for, and in a sport that is, to put it kindly, non-traditional in a warm weather market. My parents didn’t know the first thing about hockey before I got into it, so it isn’t like they forced it on me. So, how in the hell did I get “here?”

Well, I got to thinking, and I realized that so much of what goes into eventually making a casual hockey fan a lifer, are the traditions we’re taught and/or develop for ourselves – or, specifically, the hockey-watching traditions that are instrumental in shaping how we learn about, experience, and grow to love the game. Read about one of mine after the jump… Continue reading

Welcome (Plus An Awesome Video)

Welcome to SoCal Puck – a blog written by a Southern Californian hockey fanatic. My name is Collin Insley, and my intent is to cover the happenings of all things hockey (from elite level to beer league) in Southern California. Stay tuned for more content, but for now, enjoy some awesome GoPro footage that some friends and I shot at our weekly Saturday morning pick-up game. 

The rink in the video is The Rinks: Huntington Beach Inline, which, along with roller rinks in Irvine and Corona and ice rinks in Westminster and Anaheim, is owned and operated by the Anaheim Ducks. The address:

5555 McFadden Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Adult pick-up is held on Saturday mornings from 8-10am, and is only $5 for rink members ($10 for non-members).

Hope to see you at the rink sometime!