Story By: Nick Abramo
Posted with permission, article and pictures, courtesy of Bedrock Sports Hawaii
Jaden Nahoi-Baricar is a speedy and shifty inline hockey player who has had lots of success playing the sport in his hometown of Kapolei.
Kapolei’s Jaden Nahoi-Baricar finished his second year for the Arizona State inline hockey D-I club team.
Continued improvement through the years with the Kapolei Inline Hockey Arenas travel teams at national tournaments opened the eyes of the Arizona State University club coaches, who placed Nahoi-Baricar on the Sun Devils’ Division I roster starting in the 2020-21 season.
But after suffering a broken ankle in October 2021, things look bleak for Nahoi-Baricar as he headed into his second varsity season. Eight weeks of recovery and rehab took him out of hockey until January.
Things turned out pretty rosy, though. The Sun Devils, with Nahoi-Baricar playing an integral part, wound up winning the Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League D-I title in Corona, California, in March. and that gave them a spot in the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association semifinals in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last month.
At the NCRHA tourney, Arizona State went 2-1 in round-robin play, defeating Cal State Fullerton 2-0 and Stony Brook (New York) 7-1 and losing to Bethel University (McKenzie, Tennessee) 3-1.
Then, in the semifinals, the Sun Devils lost 2-0 to Slippery Rock (Pennsylvania), a team that advanced to the championship game and wound up losing 7-2 to Lindenwood (St. Charles, Missouri).
Jaden Nahoi-Baricar, right, with his father Andrew.
In 21 games this season, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Nahoi-Baricar scored four goals with seven assists for 11 points.
Nahoi-Baricar, an electrical engineering major, will be back to play for Arizona State in his junior season this fall.