11th Annual Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships to Be Held in Bucks County, PA - April 2-5, 2009

(Bucks County, PA) The National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) proudly announces the 11th Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships, to be held April 2-5, 2009 in Feasterville, Bucks County. The event will bring 56 teams in 4 divisions (Division I, Division II, Junior College Division, and B Division) together to compete for the title of Collegiate National Champion. The event will be hosted by the NCRHA, in conjunction with The Sportsplex and the Bucks County Sports Commission, a division of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau.

The NCRHA is the nationally recognized governing body of collegiate level roller hockey in the United States. Organized into seven regions, a total 190 teams represent 140 colleges and universities at the club sports level. The NCRHA is sanctioned by USA Hockey InLine, a program of USA Hockey, Inc.  This will be the eleventh consecutive year that college roller hockey will crown national champions, going back to 1999.

The format for the event includes three round robin games for each team, followed by a single elimination bracket round leading up to the National Championship games. Games will begin on all three rinks at The Sportsplex on Thursday morning, April 2 and the Championships for all Divisions will take place mid-day on Sunday April 5.  A complete listing of the colleges and universities are listed at www.ncrha.org .

Our host facility, The Sportsplex is the Philadelphia area’s finest indoor sports facility, featuring three full-sized rinks with stadium seating for up to 600 people per rink and 12 locker rooms. The entire indoor facility is fully air-conditioned, with a large parking area and a new silicone cool roof that is environmentally friendly. Players and fans will enjoy a fully stocked pro shop, full service snack bar and a video game room.

Bucks County businesses, hotels, attractions and shopping districts are eager to welcome the Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships.  Ranked by LIFE’s Dream Destinations as one of the top 20 sight-seeing vacations in the world, Bucks County boasts an array of activities for all ages that guests from across the country are looking forward to.

“Bucks County anticipates booking more than 500 room nights as a result of the NCRHA National Championships being held at The Sportsplex” says Heather Walter, Sports Marketing Manager at the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau.

The NCRHA will be hosting its signature Mission Hockey College program during the CRHC.  This event, sponsored by Mission Hockey, offers no-cost instructional clinics to local youth roller hockey players. The instructors for the Mission Hockey College are current college hockey players and are regarded as some of the most talented players in the world. Mission Hockey College gives the youth players the opportunity to interact with the college players in an atmosphere where they can receive tips and pointers and have some fun. The Philadelphia Flyers will also be contributing to the festivities with prizes and giveaways for the fans and some interactive fun with the Flyers inflatable shooter on Saturday.

The NCRHA would like to thank the following partners and sponsors for their continued support of this event and the growth of collegiate level roller hockey: USA Hockey InLine,  The Sportsplex, The Bucks County Sports Commission, Mission Hockey, Ace Jerseys, Revision Hockey, Rocket Puck and the Philadelphia Flyers Organization.

For more information, visit www.NCRHA.org or contact Nanette Houser, Marketing Director at marketing@ncrha.org or by phone 484-467-6771.



Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations Manager
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x231

About The Bucks County Sports Commission
The Bucks County Sports Commission, a division of the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau, seeks to attract sporting events to the Bucks County area. Working with the County’s facilities, attractions and accommodations, the Sports Commission acts as a resource and facilitator for sporting event organizers. The Sports Commission also assists with site visits, media coverage and event planning.

About the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)
The mission of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc. is to increase visitation to Bucks County, Pennsylvania by effectively marketing its heritage, accommodations and attractions. For more information call (215) 639-0300, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.