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Volume 1, Issue 1
January 8, 2004

Dear alumni, family, friends and supporters,

I am very happy to bring you the first "official" edition of our newletter. As our capablities grow hopefully we'll be able to bring you a more comprehensive version with something more than plain text. For now though, simplicity is the way we're going.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of UC Santa Barbara's Roller Hockey Club. We've grown from our almost legendary floor hockey roots to one of the largest and well known roller hockey programs on the West Coast. Ten years ago we were relegated to playing intramurals in Robertson Gym and practicing wherever and whenever we could. Today we are approximately nine months away from the grand opening of the Recreational Center II, the site of our very own indoor SportCourt facility. We've come a long way.

You can read more about the history of our program, as well as check out pictures and news articles about us at our new website:

For those of you who haven't visited yet, make sure you take the time to do so! We've got lots of stuff there for everyone, so drop by and see what the Gauchos are up to. Say hello on our message board or peruse our growing archive of pictures....

Here are just a few of the things coming up...

The B team will be visiting the Palomar YMCA in Escondido to play their third event of the season on Saturday, 1/10. They will be looking for their first win in what will hopefully be a run to the last available playoff spot. The defending B division champs have looked anything but - expect things to turn around for them though, and don't be surprised if they make a run for regionals. Should they qualify for regional play, there's also a chance you'll see them in April at the Anaheim Hockey Club for the first every B nationals.

The A team will take its first trip to Las Vegas in over three years for the NARCh Winternationals at the Crystal Palace. UCSB has drawn Missouri-Rolla, Michigan State and fellow WCRHL member Moorpark College in round robin play. Winternationals will last from January 16-19. Should UCSB do well at Winternationals, look for the Gauchos' stock to rise enough to crack the Top 25. This invitational tournament will also be big in that all collegiate games will take place at nearly the same time as the national high school championships - with a good performance, UCSB's recruiting ability will be vastly improved.

Once they're done with Vegas the A team will travel to La Verne on January 24 for their fourth league event of the year. It's gonna be a tough schedule as the Gauchos will face Cal Poly SLO, UC Irvine, Moorpark College and CSU San Bernardino.

Keep your eye out for events just beyond the horizon. With the 10th anniversary of the club we're hoping for something special. After some discussion we're going to try to set a date sometime in March for a Santa Barbara Hockey Weekend, which will include the following:

-Alumni Game
-Parents Weekend
-Annual Scrimmage vs. CP SLO

Again, this is the first of hopefully a series of regular newsletters. If you can please take the time to look through the list of emails above and see if you can find anyone connected to our program who is missing, it would be much appreciated. Our eventual goal is to include every single alumni and family member in this mailing list.

Go Gauchos!

Jonathan Tu
President, UCSB Hockey

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Watch as the Recreation Center II and our indoor SportCourt facility develop. This picture album will grow as the construction progresses. The opening date is set for Fall/Winter quarter of 2004-05.