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Mayor to Drop Puck in Opening Ceremony of In-line Hockey League

Oceanside CA- Tri-City Inline Hockey League (TCIHL) celebrates its 21st year with a “big bang” at the Opening Ceremony of 2014 Spring Season, Saturday, March 15, at the Martin Luther King Jr Park’s roller hockey rink located at 4300 Mesa Drive in Oceanside. The ceremony kicks off a series of fun games and practices, which will continue at the rink through June 7. A popular alternative to ice hockey in the warm climate of Southern California, this sport is known for the distinct shape of roller skates with wheels situated in one row, and it has been embraced by many local families of players between the ages of 5 to 17. Majority of the league’s members reside in Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Vista. However youth from other nearby cities in North County San Diego are also enrolled in the organization’s co-ed recreational program.

March 15th celebrations will commence 10:45 am with music and speeches by city and league officials. Shane Nakamura Tri-City In-Line Hockey League’s Vice President said in his statement: “I was one of the original players when TCIHL started its first season of play back in 1993. I was a 13 year old kid who fell in love with the sport and now, 20 years and 6 kids later I’m back. This time it’s 4 of my 6 children who are playing hockey and enjoying the same league that I helped start.” In fact, TCIHL was the first sanctioned inline league in California by USA Hockey, which oversees player safety, education and commemoration.

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood will be present at the March 15th event to commemorate the passing of two decades in TCIHL’s history. Representing the city of Oceanside, he will be at the rink during the U.S. National Anthem’s performance and salute to the American flag. The Mayor will drop on the rink the official first puck of the 2014 Spring Season games. The day will continue with the season’s first games between the teams, which general public and visitors are welcome to attend.

TCIHL player registrations are currently accepted prior to the opening day. The registration packet can be downloaded from the website at http://www.tcihl.com/. Please see website for more information including required equipment, league history, contacts, player clinics, insurance, etc. Questions may be emailed to registration@tcihl.org

About Tri-City Inline Hockey League

Tri-City Inline Hockey League (TCIHL) is a non-profit organization established in 1993 for the development of Youth Inline Hockey. The league currently offers two seasons per year (March to June & September to November) plus clinics, camps, tournaments, and pick-up play between seasons. TCIHL’s mission is to stress the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, scholastic achievement, integrity, respect for authority, and to promote the game of inline hockey in North County San Diego. To achieve this objective TCIHL provides a supervised program under the rules and regulations of AAU/USA Roller Sports. The Board of Directors and operation of the league are all done by volunteers. For more information, please visit http://www.tcihl.com/ or like TCIHL Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tcihl