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  • July 26, 2021
Hawaii’s Zach Pamaylaon and Lance Hamilton Are Playing High-Level Ice Hockey On The Mainland

Two Hawaii hockey players — Zach Pamaylaon and Lance Hamilton — are making a name for themselves in ice hockey on the mainland.

A right wing, Pamaylaon plays for Bryn Athyn, an NCAA Division III college in Pennsylvania. A former player for the Philadelphia Revolution (2014-2017) in junior hockey, the 24-year-old Pamaylaon is going into his senior season.

Hawaii's Zach Pamaylaon, center, is keeping in shape by doing drills at the Mililani and Hawaii Kai inline hockey rinks. When hockey returns after the COVID-19 health crisis, Pamaylaon will be a senior for Bryn Athyn, an NCAA Division III ice hockey college team in Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of Robert Hamilton).

In three college seasons with the Lions so far, Pamaylaon, who is listed as 5 feet 9 and 165 pounds, has 13 goals and 21 assists.

Hamilton, meanwhile, played for the Colorado Rampage 18-U AAA team in 2018-19. Last season, the 5-8, 173-pound, 19-year-old Hamilton played as a forward for Monument Hockey Academy’s 18-U team in Colorado. In the two seasons combined, he had three goals and six assists.

Lance Hamilton, when he was with the Colorado Rampage. (Photo courtesy of Lance Hamilton).
Both Pamaylaon and Hamilton grew up playing at the Ice Palace and also have experience participating in inline hockey programs in Mililani, Hawaii, Kai and Kapolei.
Zach Pamaylaon gliding in on the goalie while playing for Bryn Athyn. (Photo courtesy of Zach Pamaylaon).

Pamaylaon is the third known youth player from Hawaii to move on to an NCAA college ice hockey team. Hawaii’s Spencer Zaha played eight games for Buffalo State College, an NCAA D-III team, in 1996-97, according to Also, Hawaii’s Grant Matsushita played at least one season (2000-01) for Salve Regina (NCAA D-III) in Rhode Island.

Look for future in-depth stories on Pamaylaon and Hamilton in the near future at

Lance Hamilton in action for the Rampage. (Photo courtesy of Lance Hamilton).

Many Hawaii players have gone on to play at the club level in college inline or ice hockey, including Ben Barros (Lindenwood inline) and Emerson Lau (UNLV inline) and Grant Matsushima (Pepperdine ice.)

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A Kapolei Inline Hockey Arenas player and recent high school graduate, Jaden Nahoi-Baricar, will play club inline hockey for Arizona State next season — whenever hockey resumes after the COVID-19 health crisis.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Spencer Zaha and Grant Matsushita as the first and second known Hawaii youth players to advance to an NCAA varsity ice hockey team.

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