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Hawaii Hockey Promotion: The Zach, Lance And Jordan Way!!!


Three Hawaii hockey players have been in the news quite a bit lately.

The one with the most notoriety is Zach Pamaylaon, and that’s because he helped the Danbury (Connecticut) Hat Tricks’ Federal Prospects Hockey League team win a championship. You can read this Bedrock Sports story from May 16 about that accomplishment: Hawaii’s Zach Pamaylaon Is Part Of Danbury Hat Tricks’ FPHL Professional Hockey Championship.

Jordan Nahoi-Baricar, Lance Hamilton and Zach Pamaylaon on the set of Hawaii News Now with host Billy V.

That’s right. A pro ice hockey minor league champion and the farthest any Hawaii hockey player has climbed.

Right behind him is Lance Hamilton, who plays in the same league for the Elmira (New York) Mammoth and who, like Zach, just finished up his first pro season.

The pro future is bright for those two, who plan to play for their same teams next season starting in the fall.

This week, Pamaylaon and Hamilton are teaming up with another top Hawaii player, Jordan Nahoi-Baricar, to run a three-day hockey “school” for youth inline hockey players at the Kapolei Inline Hockey Arenas.

Those three were featured in a Hawaii News Now segment on Saturday to promote the sport, the arenas and the hockey school, which started Monday.

You can watch that here:

And it should be noted that the hockey school was sold out quite a while ago. But for anyone who would like to see these three in action teaching what they know, head on over to KIHA on Tuesday or Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Growing up, Pamaylaon and Hamilton played extensively in ice and inline hockey in Hawaii before moving to the mainland. Previously, Pamaylaon starred at Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania and Hamilton played in junior hockey in Colorado and New York.

Nahoi-Baricar, who is still in high school at Kapolei High, was a member of Team USA in the 18-and-under World Skate Games inline championships in Buenos Aires last fall.

Speed is one trait all three have in common. This video of Hamilton scoring his first pro goal from October 2022 is a good sample:

Smoothness is another trait they all have, and you can see just how smooth Pamaylaon is as a skater in this June 4 KHON2 news segment posted by Alan Hoshida that Hoshida posted on Twitter:

That footage was taken at the Ice Palace, where hockey has recently started up after a long closure due to the pandemic, and (as you can see) business there is doing quite well.

On the KHON2 site along with Hoshida’s segment is a story by colleague Christian Shimabuku: Aiea’s Zach Pamaylaon Blazing A Trail In Hockey.

And the June 9 edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser had this story: Zach Pamaylaon Is The Rare Professional Hockey Player From Hawaii.

The following inline hockey video on Twitter by “HawaiiHockey” shows Nahoi-Baricar taking the puck away from Hamilton behind the net and skating swiftly out of the zone. If you notice, Hamilton doesn’t give up and tenaciously chases Nahoi-Baricar.

In this photo, Hamilton makes a defensive effort against Pamaylaon:

Zach Pamaylaon and Lance Hamilton during recent inline hockey action at KIHA. (Photo by Robert Hamilton).

Ice hockey has been happening at the Ice Palace since the 1980s and inline has been played on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island since the early 1990s at various rinks.

And the buzz around the Hawaii hockey community is that it’s refreshing that the sport is getting this much media attention at this time.



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  • Great website. Quality reporting. Appreciate the coverage too. Mahalo Nick!

    • Thanks for reading and for the nice words, Robert!!

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