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This year, the CBHA National ball hockey Championships will be in Saskatoon, from August 11-16 and the Eastern Regional Championships will take place in Saint John, NB, from July 25-27. You are in a ball hockey / dek hockey / cosom hockey team and would like to participate?

The Quebec Ball Hockey Association is inviting all men's teams from the province of Quebec to participate in the Provincial Championship, that will take place on May 16-17-18. The team that will win the "A" playoffs of this qualifyer will get a spot to the Nationals and the team that will win the "B" playoffs will go to the Eastern Regionals!!!

For more information or to register: ou 450-963-0963


Laval et Longueuil — et Dekhockey Longueuil ont annoncé aujourd’hui un partenariat visant à offrir un nouveau défi à leurs équipes de division A.

En effet, les deux ligues les mieux établies de Montréal, la Rive-Nord et la Rive-Sud ont décidé d’unir leur force afin de faire vivre une expérience unique à leurs joueurs élites en ajoutant à leur calendrier des matchs interligues pour la saison estivale.

La division A de chaque ligue comptera 6 équipes, pour un total de 12. Toutes les équipes joueront quatre matchs contre des clubs de la ligue opposée, dont deux à Longueuil et deux autres à Laval. Afin de réduire les déplacements au  minimum, lorsqu’une équipe sera en visite, elle jouera deux matchs dans la même soirée. Les deux gagnants des séries éliminatoires dans leur ligue respective s’affronteront en fin de saison afin de déterminer qui obtiendra une place aux Championnats Nationaux  2014 de l’Association canadienne de hockey-balle (

Ce partenariat s’est fait de manière naturelle, puisqu’on retrouve chez Dekhockey Longueuil et le meilleur calibre de joueurs de la grande région métropolitaine. Les deux organisations sont très enthousiastes à l’idée de débuter cette nouvelle collaboration qui apportera un vent de fraîcheur et permettra aux joueurs d’affronter de nouveaux adversaires.

Il est aussi important de noter que toutes les équipes de ces deux ligues, ainsi que toutes celles à travers la province pourront s’inscrire aux Championnats provinciaux masculins qui auront lieu du 16-18 mai 2014. Le gagnant de ce tournoi obtiendra lui aussi une place pour les Championnats Nationaux qui auront lieu à Saskatoon, SK du 11-16 août 2014.

Note : Les ligues Dekhockey Longueuil et sont en opération depuis le milieu des années 90 et offrent différents calibres de jeu, de la division A à la division F. Pour plus d’information, vous pouvez visiter leur site internet : et


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Tuesday April 22
(1)The Animals vs Smackdaddys(6)
A second period break out was plenty for the Smackdaddys as they hand the Animals an easy defeat on Tuesday night. A.Medvescek had alot to do with it netting back to back tallies with the help of B.Sansotta as the only multi goal scorer of the contest. S.Morante faced 28 shots and gave up only one power play marker by M.Macri.
(4)Bloodhounds vs Wild Goats(3)
J.Ruvo riffles two in the third and the Bloodhounds finish with an even record heading into the post season. Down by one after two periods, the solid d-man took care of business scoring twice that included a power play marker that evened the game at three goals a piece. M.Richrad had an impact as well setting up three teammates and G.Barkley faced 29 shots to earn the victory.
(2)Latin Blue vs Dark Warriors(3)
Despite a short bench the Dark Warriors found their legs very late to overcome a 2-1 deficit. D.Hill evened the score by the 12:00 minute mark of the third period and J.Rochon followed up moments later with his second of the contest giving his club a 3-2 lead which held up. After going through a scoreless drought for two frames, D.Ugaldez and R.Serrano put Latin Blue on the board.

Round one will begin Tuesday April 29. The quarter-final match ups are as follows:

(1)Slayers              vs Wild Goats            (8)
(2)Dark Warriors vs The Animals         (7)
(3)Latin Blue         vs  Smackdaddys     (6)
(4)Bloodhounds   vs Les Camarades    (5)


Monday April 21(Round 1)
(2)Les Rouges vs Team Finland(1)
Its playoff hockey and Les Rouges implement their system to knock out Team Finland. With goals hard to come by, each side got their scoring done in the second period where Les Rouges got tallies by D.Verta and D.Colatosti while P.Musto notched his clubs only marker. M.Croteau, a huge factor for the win did a splendid job between the pipes and got a disciplined effort from his teammates in front of him.
(6)Capitals vs Dragons(1)
The Capitals entered as heavy favourites and got the result they wanted to advance to the next round. Most of the Capitals offence took place in the second frame netting four goals from all different players. P.Gendron had the most points scoring once along with a pair of helpers, N.Sbarra notched the game winner and C.Fortin allowed only G.Cardillo to beat him.

Still yet to lose a game, the Northstars look to carry their streak versus the stingy play of Les Rouges and the River Rats will have to deal with the fire power of the Capitals if they hope to advance.


Monday April 21(Semi-finals)
(2)Armadillos vs United Armenians(3) Game 1
The Armadillos will have to look at this result as only one game as they hope to rebound in next weeks battle. The United Armenians owned the opening frame with a pair of unanswered goals, the Armadilllos returned the favour in period number two but it was T.Apanian late third period tally that put the United Armenians in front for a 1-0 series. D.Mattar kept his team in it all night pushing away 29 of 31 shots and captured the win over his counterpart C.Giannakis.
(2)Legacy vs Armada(4) Game 1
Armada start off better and double up Legacy to grab a 1-0 series lead. This contest was deadlocked at two goals a piece until third period back to back tallies by M.Latreille and S.Monnet put Armada in front 4-2 leaving only eight minutes on the clock. That surge of offence was plenty for a positive result which helped S.Lion capture the win in a 27 save performance.

The Armadillos and Legacy look to even the series in next weeks battle, and with results as close as they are, it’s anybody’s guess on who will prevail in game two.


Thursday April 17(Round 1)
(4)Les Bananes vs Special Delivery(2)
Les Bananes own the second period with three unanswered goals and advance to the semi-finals in a 4-2 win over the Special Delivery. A.DeCarolis struck first for the Special Delivery in the opening frame but it was Les Bananes from there on as J-J.Robby, K.Arsenault and M.Mercier all tallied in the second period for a 3-1 lead. For a second time during the night, Les Bananes took advantage of the power play and got a tally from the very same M.Mercier to increase the lead by two. With the game already out of reach, B.Perlman also scored on the power play for the Special Delivery earning the last goal of the contest.
(3)Park Avenue vs Brewers(4)
Not used to this kind of fate, the Park Avenue will have to settle for an early exit. The Brewers took it to their opponents right away netting two first period tallies to help dictate the pace of the match. Each side traded goals twice in period number two and E.Girouard tallied very late in the game for his second of the night to reduce the margin by one. D.Colatosti came up big scoring twice in the victory while C.Muccino had to be exceptional between the pipes pushing away 28 of 30 shots.

The winners have moved on to the semi-finals where the Brewers look to upset the first place Royal while Les Bananes and the Bramabulls will square off in a heated battle.


Thursday April 17
(1)French Connection vs Le Colisee(4) E1
Le Colisee will need confidence moving forward and after defeating a good hockey club, they hope to carry positive energy in next weeks playoff battle. With goals in every frame, O.Caillet and Le Colisee played close to a perfect match until J.Dumont spoiled the shutout by the ten minute mark of the third period. Le Colisee got their production from D.Lucchesi who scored twice and three helpers by T.Settino.
(3)Deadlast vs Armored Saints(4) E1
Deadlast started bad and despite playing better the rest of the way, the Armored Saints held on to the close victory. M.Pecora scored twice in the opening frame giving the Armored Saints a 3-1 lead but it was the strong play of J.Velaonsi that caused plenty of problems to his opponents. The young talent notched all three markers for Deadlast with tallies in every period to help give his club an opportunity to take the match. The game winner was slated by the mid way point of the contest on an effort by F.D’Antonio.

Round one of the playoffs will begin shortly. The Armored Saints and the Chiefs occupy the top two seeds and have a direct pass to the semi-finals. The other two matches feature Deadlast taking on the French Connection in what should be an offensive battle while the Scorpions look to neutralise Le Colisee.

(2)JAC Motosport vs Assurance Evolution(1) E2 Round 1
With a winless record and after showing up with no changes on their bench, L’Assurance Evolution still managed to give JAC Motopsort  a real run for their money. The first goal of the contest belonged to F.Ouellet of L’Assurance Evolution but the JAC Motosport immediately responded scoring twice with tallies from M.Blais and by his captain J.Epinat. That still left plenty of time for an equaliser but the tired bunch weren’t able to get through to M.Leduc as the net-minder shut the door the rest of the way.
(1)Seals vs Carnage(9) E2 Round 1
Carnage has just got the attention of everyone in the E2 division after completely dominating the Seals in this one sided affair. Balanced production is always  key for success but Carnage did have a couple of their players step it up as J.DiMarco set up the first four goals of the contest to finish with five points while M.Pace riffled three markers passed S.Gagnon to earn a hat trick. Apart from scoring plenty of goals, great defence along with solid goaltending were also a contributing factor as S.Bentivegna pushed way nearly 30 shots allowing only one tally by G.Thibeault.

Four teams remain in hopes of advancing to the big dance. After skipping the first round for capturing top seed of the division, the Spare Parts will have their hands full versus Carnage. The other game will feature two teams with identical records. The Street Ballers will play the JAC Motoport in what should be a good battle.


Wednesday April 16
(1)Hustlers vs Scorpions (2) O.T Round 1
With plenty on the line, both sides played it safe defending responsibly only conceding one goal a piece until M.Cote decided the outcome in overtime. This match witnessed its first goal by the 6:35 minute mark of the third period where J.Adamou took advantage of a power play opportunity for the Scorpions. It took all but two minutes at that point on for the Hustlers to respond with a solid effort by J.Belzile to even the score at one goal a piece. After trading about the same amount of shots and penalties, this contest had to eventually favour one of two deserving teams which landed in favour of the Scorpions.

This result now has the Scorpions face the ultimate challenge versus the Generals while the Black Knights will have to go against a difficult opponent in the All Blacks in a best of three semi-final series.


Wednesday April 16(Quarter-finals)
(2)TANK vs Stealth Assassins (3)
Maybe TANK didn’t expect such a result after dominating the regular season but in a division with lots of parody, it just goes to show that anything can happen. After grabbing two late first period goals by N.Harvey and M.Pacifico, the Stealth Assassins put a seal to the match when D.Palmulare widened the margin by three despite giving up two late goals. Solid goaltending is always a factor and J.Capalbo provided just that with a 28 save performance.
(2)HBHA Seniors vs Electric Area(1)
Far from being as easy as they hoped for, the HBHA Seniors grinded out a tough victory versus the Electric Area. Scoreless after one period, J.Mandracchia opened the scoring for the Seniors with a lone second period tally and G.Vouloumanos was able to double the score by the four minute mark of the final frame. The only thing left at that point on was to run the clock and play for the shutout but that didn’t happen as J.Verrillo spoiled C.Giannakis’s night with less than a minute remaining in the match.
(5)L.O.D vs Les A’s(0)
E.Parent pushes away 26 shots and L.O.D advance through to the next round after a flawless performance. With goals in every frame along with balanced scoring, L.O.D will look to challenge for bigger goals if they can keep playing this way. P.Koutsogiannopoulos tallied first with a marker that ultimately held up as the game winner and N.Rubbo along with H.Tassone were the most productive finishing with three points a piece.
(2)Nelmar vs Fat Roy(3)
Not much separated both sides prior to tonight’s match explains why this contest was decided by only one goal. The only difference occurred in the first period where Fat Roy won the frame 2-1 with goals from C.Siconolfi and J.Levesque. After playing through a scoreless drought for over 21 minutes, H.Berberyan evened the score for Nelmar early in the third period. At that point on this contest was pretty much in sudden death mode and with time winding down, N.Siconolfi played the hero to help advance Fat Roy to the semi-finals.

The next round will feature the HBHA Seniors versus the Stealth Assassins while Fat Roy look to take on the Legion of Doom in a best of three series.


Wednesday April 16
(2)Tyrants vs Primetime(3)
In the span of only three minutes, Primetime notched back to back tallies to edge the Tyrants. C.Dapoulias scored his second and E.Kavaldjian followed moments later to put Primetime up 3-1 until conceding a very late goal by M.Turgeon. Each net-minder faced close to 30 shots that saw J-M.Greeley credited the win over his counterpart J.AuYeung.
(4)Hellfish vs Franklin Empire(5)
With results like this one, the Franklin Empire look to make noise heading into the post season. They not only defeated the first place Werewolves but were able to take away points from the second seed Hellfish with a brilliant effort. M.Gaudreault single handily ripped the game wide open notching four tallies for the Franklin Empire but it was A.Emond’s late marker that held up as the game winner.
(3)ITT vs Buckshots(6)
ITT challenged for most of the night but weren’t able to keep pace by the final frame where the Buckshots bagged three goals to earn the win. Tied at two after one period, C.Noel put the Buckshots up by one with his second of three goals on the night and A.Angelis added his second early in the third period for a 4-2 lead. T.Sakr of ITT seems to always get involved and tonight wasn’t any different as he assisted three times that included two passes on N.Goncalves’s tallies.
(6)Werewolves vs Horsemen(5)
In a contest that went back and forth, most of the action occurred in the second half of the game where both sides combined for ten goals. With only eight players dressed for the Werewolves, six different players found the back of the net while the captain of the Horsemen, P.Sidhom tallied twice for his club. This battle was mainly decided in an all out flurry of third period markers where the Werewolves won the frame 4-3.
(2)Golden Nuggets vs Blackhawks(12)
It wasn’t much of a battle for the Blackhawks as they end the night early with a mercy score of 12-2.P.Lamarche looked alone out there netting five goals and three helpers while Y.Renaud along with B.Cheron each had hat tricks to finish with a combined 16 points. Out of their only two goals, E.Chouha riffled both of them passed R.Lamarche.

16 teams will have a chance to reach the cup final. The first two rounds will be a one game elimination while the semi-finals and final will be a best of three series. The match ups are as follows:

(1)Werewolves     vs       ITT                        (16)
(2)Punishers          vs       Primetime          (15)
(3)Hellfish               vs       Steelers              (14)
(4)Blackhawks      vs       Le Balthazar       (13)
(5)Buckshots         vs       Black                    (12)
(6)Fat Cats             vs      MoneyShot           (11)
(7)Brewers             vs      Tyrants                  (10)
(8)Horsemen          vs      Franklin Empire   (9)


Sunday April 6
(3)Jokers vs Concept(7)
Concept finish strong as they hand the Jokers a convincing 7-3 loss on Sunday evening. It took all but eleven minutes for Concept to build a 4-0 first period lead before settling down the rest of the way. B.Daniele had his usual impact, this time scoring twice and adding three helpers to finish with five points. Apart from having a bad start to their game, the Jokers had a bad 30 second sequence as well in period number two where they allowed F.Gentile and L.Viscosi to beat them short handed. J.Poirier did score twice for the Jokers while M.Melo notched the other tally.
(5)Kings vs Hot Shots(4)
Considering the kind of season the Hot Shots have been having, only good things can come out of this result.  Apart from giving up a power play goal that may have made the difference, the Hot Shots put up a good solid effort forcing the Kings to play a hard 45 minute game. Out of their five different goal scorers, J.Solari got credited the winner with a tally by the 9:40 minute mark of the third period. The Hot Shots did have R.Scalia beat S.Bentivegna on two occasions.
(2)Les Bakaloo vs French Kiss Mafia(4)
There wasn’t much separating both sides in the standings prior to the match but the French Kiss Mafia showed that they were the better of the two clubs. The French Kiss Mafia possess a key element which most teams are familiar by now as M.Latreille once more gets involved with a goal and two feeds on A.Stamiris and P.Doulis’s tallies. This contest was broken wide open by the second period where the French Kiss Mafia out scored Les Bakaloo 3-1.

Its playoff time as eight teams will battle in a one game quarter-final round to see who will advance. The match ups are as follows:

(1)Kings         vs Spitfires                (8)
(2)Concept     vs Les Bakaloo           (7)
(3)Bijoux       vs French Kiss Mafia     (6)
(4)1-Timer     vs  Jokers                   (5)

Sunday April 6
(6)Les Legionnaires vs HC Inter(2) Quarter-finals
Plenty of depth is always hard to play against as HC Inter found out on Sunday night. Les Legionnaires showed up stacked and rolled three lines to out work their opponents. With the offence spread out , G.Allard Jr did notch a pair scoring twice in the second period where Les Legionnaires dominated the frame 4-0.This result came as a first step for E.Valiquette and his army as they hope to go the distance after falling in the finals just one session ago.
(4)Hulkamania vs Red Vipers(0)
Showing plenty of respect for their opponents, the Hulkamania played a flawless defensive minded game to blank the Red Vipers. The opening goal was key as J.Courteau opened the scoring with his first of three on the night to put immediate pressure on the Red Vipers. After playing a sound first period, Hulkamania broke the game wide open in period number two where they bagged three unanswered tallies to take away any kind of hope from their opponents. The Red Vipers tried to penetrate the solid defence and with close to seven minutes of power play time, they weren’t able to get to H.Trahan.

These results set up the stage for the semi-finals. Once again the Red Nose will go up against Hulkamania who will try and avenge the last time both clubs met in the playoffs while the Butchers look only to head to the finals as they have the difficult task of playing Les Legionnaires.

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Sunday April 6
(3)Rated R vs Black Knights(6)
G.Barrera and M.Malinaric each scored twice as the Black Knights rout Rated R. This match was ultimately decided when there was just less than six minutes remaining in the contest where the Black Knights strung three goals together to ensure the victory. Rated R scored in every frame getting goals by J.Rochon,the captain S.DosSantos and T.Sourias. After facing over 20 shots, G.Kelly was able to record the win.
(2)All Blacks vs Black Knights(5)
Playing only a half hour later didn’t affect the Black Knights as they went perfect with two quick victories. Relatively quiet in the previous match, M.Fazzari made his presence known as the skilled forward notched goals in every frame to complete his hat trick. The Black Knights built a 2-1 first period lead and put the game away by the third frame where they carried a three goal cushion. This time G.Pilon was in nets to record the win as he denied 23 of 25 shots towards him.

Monday April 7
(8)All Blacks vs Royal Flush(2)
The All Blacks made it look easy on this night and hope to carry good habits moving forward. Never in any danger the men in black put up goals in every frame and built a good enough 4-1 second period lead to eventually seal the victory. E.Paquin bagged three goals and S.Contant-Leclerc notched a pair in a four point performance.

This concludes the regular season for the Premier league. Round one will feature a one game elimination between the fifth place Scorpions and the fourth place Hustlers for that fourth spot in the A side of the conference. As for the B side, the Royal Flush will have to patiently wait to see who they will take on between the Capitals and Rated R.

Hockey-balle au Québec : une nouvelle ère

La bannière, premières ligues 5 vs 5 en importance au Québec, est heureuse d’annoncer une association avec le plus important tournoi de hockey-balle 3 vs 3 au Québec : la Coupe Burrows. Notons qu’Alex Burrows lui-même, ainsi que le président fondateur de la Coupe Burrows ont évolué dans ces ligues plusieurs années. Cette affiliation s’est donc créée naturellement. Nous vous donnerons plus de détails sur cette association très bientôt. 

À propos de :Le hockey-balle a commencé à s’organiser au milieu des années 90, tout comme les Ligues de hockey-balle PTM. Dès 1995, une de leurs équipes devenait la première à remporter un Championnat national pour le Québec. Depuis ce temps, le sport s’est popularisé et des centaines d’équipes se sont jointes aux Ligues PTM, qui sont devenues les plus structurées en faisant partie de l’Association de hockey-balle du Québec. En date d’aujourd’hui, des équipes provenant de ces ligues ont remportés 9 Championnats nationaux, 4 Championnats régionaux de l’Est "B" et 5 régionaux de l’Est "C", pour un total de 18. Maintenant connues sous la bannière de, elles offrent 5 différents calibres de jeu, de la Premier League, jusqu’à la division E, dans la région de Montréal et Laval. C’est à partir de ces ligues que proviennent plusieurs joueurs qui ont participé aux différents championnats de hockey-balle, tout comme Alex Burrows qui a remporté 6 Championnats nationaux avec le Red Lite de Montréal, en plus de deux Championnats mondiaux avec le Canada. 

À propos de la Coupe Burrows : L'idée est née à Vancouver en février 2011. À la suite d’une rencontre avec Alex Burrows, il a été convenu d'organiser le plus grand tournoi de hockey balle au monde et ce, en l’honneur du plus grand joueur! En mars, le projet était lancé et un calendrier prenait forme. En mai, la première qualification se jouait à Montréal. En tout, 10 qualifications ont eu lieu à travers le Québec et plus de 200 équipes, 1200 joueurs et joueuses, y ont participés. En août, le premier Championnat de la Coupe Burrows accueillait plus de 100 équipes, gagnantes et invitées, dont 8 ont reçu la précieuse Coupe des mains d’Alex Burrows. Au total, plus de 50,000 en prix a été remis aux gagnants et finalistes des 8 catégories (A - B - C+ - C - D - F1 - F2 - F3)! 

Register to the Men's Provincial Championship!

This year, the CBHA National ball hockey Championships will be in Saskatoon, from August 11-16 and the Eastern Regional Championships will take place in Saint John, NB, from July 25-27. You are in a ball hockey / dek hockey / cosom hockey team and would like to participate?

The Quebec Ball Hockey Association is inviting all men's teams from the province of Quebec to participate in the Provincial Championship, that will take place on May 16-17-18. The team that will win the "A" playoffs of this qualifyer will get a spot to the Nationals and the team that will win the "B" playoffs will go to the Eastern Regionals!!!

For more information or to register: ou 450-963-0963

The World Ball Hockey Championships hosted in NL gets nominated to the CSTA Prestige Awards

Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Announces 2014 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards Finalists

Ottawa, February 27, 2014

The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2014 PRESTIGE Awards (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events), which celebrate the people, places and events that make the Canadian sport tourism industry so dynamic and important to the economic fabric of our communities. These awards are presented annually in six categories to individuals, companies, events and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the success of the sport tourism industry across Canada in 2013.  This year’s program generated 41 nominations. The 8th Annual CSTA PRESTIGE Awards Luncheon presented by Saskatoon Sports Tourism will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, AB.  Olympic Gold Medalist and CBC Hockey Night in Canada Sportscaster, Cassie Campbell-Pascall will be the Master of Ceremonies. The Luncheon will be held in conjunction with Sport Events Congress 2014 taking place April 1-3 at the same venue.2014 PRESTIGE Awards Finalists (by category in alphabetical order)

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Montreal

Group A: with an event budget greater than $250,000

  • 101st Grey Cup Festival (Regina, SK)
  • Canada Summer Games (Sherbrooke, QC)
  • Shaw Charity Classic (Calgary, AB)

Group B: with an event budget less than $250,000

  • 2013 Canadian Judo National Championships (Richmond, BC)
  • 2013 Mastercraft Calgary Pro Shootout (Calgary, AB)
  • 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships (St. John’s, NL)

CSTA International Sport Event of the Year presented by RTO4 (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph)

  • 2013 ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships (Welland, ON)
  • IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship (Ottawa, ON)
  • ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013 (London, ON)

CSTA Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Award presented by WestJet

  • Calgary Sport Tourism Authority (Calgary, AB)
  •  Richmond Sport Hosting (Richmond, BC)
  •  Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (Welland, ON)

CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Sheraton Centre Toronto

  • Alice Humeny – Chair, ISU Essent World Cup (Calgary, AB)
  • Michael Jackstein – Vice President, 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games (Langley, BC)
  • Todd Sargeant - Co-Chair, London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Tournament (London, ON)

CSTA Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by ADUP Display

  • 3M Canada – ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013 (London, ON)
  • Cameco Corporation - MasterCard Memorial Cup (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Shaw Communications – Shaw Charity Classic (Calgary, AB)

CSTA Sport Tourism Champion of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto

  • Eddie Francis (Mayor, Windsor, ON)
  • Greg Krischke (Mayor, Leduc, AB)
  •  John Winston (General Manager, London Tourism, London, ON)

Tickets to the PRESTIGE Awards luncheon are included with delegates’ fees for those who are registered delegates at Sport Events Congress.  Tickets are also available for purchase on a stand-alone basis, subject to availability.  Cost is $75 + tax per person and includes attendance to the awards show and lunch.  Reserved seating is available for groups of 5 people or more.  For more information about Sport Events Congress, the PRESTIGE luncheon or to purchase of tickets or register for the Congress, visit CSTA’s website at:

About CSTA

The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a member driven, tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as a key economic development initiative at the community level.  The CSTA services over 300 members across Canada, including 140 municipalities, 150 national/provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and variety of other national and provincial sport and tourism industry partners.

News from the ISBHF

ISBHF Presents Top Venue in Switzerland For Canadian High Performance Players in 2015

Delegates from around the World, which included CBHA President Shelley Callaghan were treated to a tour of the World Championship venue for the 2015 World Men's and Women's in Zug, Switzerland. It became quickly apparent that this tour was going to be spectacular.

Delegates from around the World, which included CBHA President Shelley Callaghan were treated to a tour of the World Championship venue for the 2015 World Men's and Women's in Zug, Switzerland.  It became quickly apparent that this tour was going to be spectacular. Mainly from the fact that the 8000 seat arena which is home to legendary euro team EVZug, and the splendour of the city with the alps nearby pose a great backdrop for the best Men`s and Women`s players of the World to congregate.

For the CBHA and its High Performance program at both the Men`s and Women`s level this is a championship that will provide them a opportunity to play the game in a great setting, in great arenas and also to experience Zug the capital city of this region of Switzerland.  The CBHA National Team programs must start preparing for what promises to be a intense event as this area of Switzerland has a ball hockey tradition with the Oberwil Rebels 7 time champion of the Swiss league which will provide a strong fan base along with the 30 National Teams coming.  To prepare the organizing committee is building a rink for the Women``s right next door to the Main rink.  In addition the B Pool will be using the practice rink of EVZug and that is also right next door to Bossard.  Each rink having its own level, with all finals ending in Brossard.  Finally the Swiss organizing committee will be building a huge tent with a stage that will have nightly music and create a festival atmosphere for Players, Coaches, Staff, Delegates and Family.

If you are a top Canadian player, this event is one to strive to make the respective National Team that will be representing Canada in 2015.  Obviously the CBHA is in the process of naming GMs in a competitive process and once named they will begin to work on plans on how to find the right players.  And we all await news of these leaders.

For players this makes the 2014 Nationals in Saskatchewan very important.  Not only for the CBHA from the historical context that this will be the first ever Nationals held in our member province.  But more importantly that this 2014 Nationals will be thoroughly scouted as the Women and Men National team staff watch the players do their stuff.  Simply put if you want to reach Zug, that road goes through Saskatoon for CBHA top players.

One thing for sure.  The CBHA is proud to offer this link to its players through our family at the ISBHF, and we thank the Swiss Ball Hockey Association and Zug organizing team for their efforts.  For the players, coaches and staff who aspire to represent the CBHA and Canada.  The work to get to Zug for those who earn those sweaters has begun.


ISBHF President and Board Members Elected in 2014

The ISBHF President and Board for the next 2 year term has been established at the ISBHF Conference in Zug, Switzerland.

George Gortsos from Canada has been elected as the ISBHF President at the ISBHF Conference that was held on January 18,2014 in Zug, Switzerland. Vít Řezáč (CZE) and Roman Török (SVK) have been elected ISBHF Senior Vice-presidents.

The following other ISBHF Vice-presidents have been elected:

Christoph Curchod ( SUI)
Tony Iannitto (CAN)
Ricky Laperriere (USA)
Ali Cree (GBR)
John Kontitsis (GRE)




From the Alps to our Ball Hockey Family

The large meetings brought many worthwhile discussions. And we went over all our events. We see that our World Juniors in Bratislava will have more countries and teams than at any time in our history and the Slovaks are ready to put a great show on for our ISBHF youth.

U-20 will have 8-10 teams, and U-16, U18 will have 6-8.  This is just a great occurrence for our event and the World Juniors.

We also had a presentation from Nitra, Slovakia, home of President Jozef Stumpel and World Champion Stanislav Petrik.

They came to Zug to show us that they want to have a World leading tournament for the 2014 World Cup in late August.  We have many club teams that will be attending from many nations.  And this also promises to be are largest event ever with 9-10 nations indicating they will send club teams.

Finally to the warm sun, and our more experienced players.  We look to have a field of 18 Men's and Women's teams attending our Master's in the USA.  This is our biggest Masters ever, and also the first World Championship for our Women members.  Tampa Bay will be the place for our Masters festival in September 2014.  And European and North American teams are already booking in and getting ready.

For even more heat in June we are working closely with our Caribbean members and look to moving close to filling that event in June in the Air-conditioned arena in Cayman Islands.  Another great event that will feature great ball hockey and sun and warm water for our ISBHF family.

All these events are on the ISBHF webpage and players, parents, coaches and refs can see all the information on our ISBHF webpage.  Our ISBHF family is keen to deliver top ball hockey events to our members, along with well run and organized events.  Everything is all up on our website as our Organizers are proud to welcome players from the family to these events. No surprises just the truth of what they can expect and enjoy.

In closing our ISBHF board and ISBHF Presidents work for you our players, coaches and referees.  We will work hard to make our 2014 ISBHF events the best we can for you as you enjoy the sport we love.  We wish you all best of success in your training and preparation for the 2014 season.

My Best Regards,

George Gortsos

ISBHF President