The 17th annual Street Hockey USA National Championships took place April 27-29 at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center. Forty-two teams and over 600 players participated. Champions were crowned in three divisions.
Championship game results were:
•D -Street hockey (10 teams): Beat It (Murrysville) 5, Carnivores (Oakmont) 2. Outstanding players: Brian Alton, Beat It; Justin Dunnivan, Carnivores.
•Rec-Street hockey (16 teams): Brighton Hot Dog Shop (Butler) 5, Spare Parts (Ohio Township) 1. Outstanding players: John Matesic, BHDS; Anthony Perriello, Spare Parts.
•Rec-Puck roller (16 teams): Venom (Bethel Park) 4, Sharks (Robinson Township) 1. Outstanding players: Tyler Zaremski, Venom; Kevin Bishop, Sharks.
The victory was Beat It’s second straight. They are the first back-to-back champions in the history of the D-Street division.
“Great hockey all weekend and a full house: We had to turn away several teams due to time and space limitations,” said tournament director Mark Madden. “Pittsburgh was well-represented, and we had teams from DC, Ontario, Buffalo and North Carolina. Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, too.”