TPH Thunder Appears In No. 1-Selling Hockey Documentary
By Darren Lowry

In the December issue of Center Ice Magazine we told you about “In The Crease”, a hockey documentary that followed the California Wave AAA Bantam travel team at the USA Hockey national tournament.

Since that time, “In The Crease” sales have soared, becoming the No. 1-selling hockey DVD on during the 2006 Christmas shopping season. 
What you might not know is that the documentary features a cameo appearance by the TPH Thunder, including coaches Danny Geoffrion and Jay More, who played the Wave at the tournament.

The Thunder arrived at the rink the day of their game with the Wave to suddenly find themselves stars on camera.
“I just remember, I thought it was great that we had gotten to the rink and there were these guys shooting us getting there and them getting there,” Geoffrion recalled. “We didn’t know anything about it until somebody explained to us what was going on.”

Of course, Geoffrion was happy for his team to get the added exposure.
“I thought it was gonna be kind of a neat thing, especially for the California Wave, and it would be a thrill for the boys that we would be in this little documentary film. So it was all good. We always thought it would be a fun thing for them to see down the line to share with their kids and family.”

The Thunder made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament by somewhat dubious circumstances. “In our division, we were the only team to tie a game with somebody after regulation time, but then we lost in overtime,” Geoffrion said. “Nobody else in our division won a game, so that put us into the quarterfinals.”

“We were going around with the bragging rights,” Geoffrion laughed. “We were saying, ‘That’s all coaching’ because we were the only team to make it the quarterfinals without winning a game.”Before the contest, the Wave parents and coaches all treated TPH with respect, saying the Wave would have to play their best to beat TPH. The feeling was mutual.

“We had heard about them all year long,” Geoffrion said. “I think all year long they were a top 10 team and we knew that they were a big offensive power.”
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