About

OUR MISSION


An event series serving as a celebration of the game we love and a tribute to our grassroots, featuring several hockey programs throughout the weekend. Ice, Inline, Ball Hockey & even more! Hockey Is Hockey is for all hockey players, fans and supporters.

Hosted by Hockey Is Hockey and the host facility for all ages and skill levels, the day(s) of events can include ice and inline clinics, open hockey sessions, youth & adult ball hockey and inline hockey games, women's games, collegiate games, sledge games, public sessions, skills challenges, sponsors and vendors, media, music, food, entertainment, and more...

All leading up to Saturday night's Main Event; A Professional Exhibition Inline Hockey Game featuring local players of the following levels: NHL, AHL & Minor Leagues, NCAA Division I-III, ACHA, Juniors, Professional Inline, NCRHA (collegiate inline), Team USA Inline, and Travel Inline. Each team’s coaching staff will be represented by at least one current NHL player and/or Alumni member, and a local inline hockey coach.

The rosters for the Main Event game will be selected during Friday night’s Draft Night, which is open to the public and all event youth players, families and friends are encouraged to attend. A Meet & Greet The Pros and Media Coverage will take place as well. Draft Night also features player drafts for other programs such as the Collegiate Inline Hockey Alumni Game and the High School Prospects Inline Hockey Game.

Hockey Is Hockey Day welcomes all players, fans and those that are new to our great game. Come join us at one of our upcoming festive events, celebrating the game we all love.

Jim Tamburino, Co-Founder.


With over twenty years of hockey experience, including ice and inline hockey, Jim Tamburino has gained an enormous amount of knowledge from coaches and mentors throughout his athletic career, beginning with his older brother, Joe.  While Jim currently plays travel inline hockey in the AIHL (American Inline Hockey League), his hockey background includes serving as inline Team Captain for five seasons at Towson University, leading the program to two NCRHA Division I Final Fours and three consecutive ECRHA Division I Regional Championships.  Additionally, Jim laced up the ice skates in high school for the first time and went onto play junior ice hockey in Nova Scotia, Canada upon graduating.  Along with playing the game, Jim has also been teaching hockey for ten plus years at various Tambo Hockey & Ferraro Brothers Hockey camps and clinics.  Behind the bench for eight years, Jim served as Head Coach of Hofstra University’s nationally ranked Division I inline hockey program and captured the 2014 ECRHA Division I Regional Championship, while advancing to the 2014 NCRHA National Championship Final Four.  Most recently, Jim has been named the new Head Coach of Farmingdale University Roller Hockey, while assisting with the school's ice hockey program.  Additionally, Jim works as a professional writer in the publishing and film industry and is also a 5th generation Local 638 Steamfitter.

Joe Tamburino, Co-Founder.


The combination of Joe Tamburino’s coaching background and twenty-five plus years of experience as a hockey player has given him the opportunity to share his knowledge and give young players an exciting outlook on the game of ice and inline hockey.  While coaching and instructing hockey for over twenty years, which includes capturing the 2008 NCRHA Division II National Championship with Stonybrook University’s inline hockey team, Joe’s inline playing career is highlighted with the RHI (Roller Hockey International), where he was drafted by the Florida Hammerheads in 1993 at age 19.  After a few seasons with the RHI, Joe later captained the NY Riot of MLRH (Major League Roller Hockey), which was followed by future years playing recreationally in the PIHA (Professional Inline Hockey Association) and AIHL.  Joe’s ice background includes the WGHL (Wild Goose Hockey League) in Saskatchewan, Canada, and experience with minor league clubs in the West Coast Hockey League, Central Hockey League, and United Hockey League.  His journey towards the dream of playing professional hockey is the major influence on the Tamburino's passion for the game, and ultimately, the reason for the creation of Hockey Is Hockey.  Professionally, Joe is a 5th generation Local 638 Steamfitter.