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The Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) is pleased to announce the following selections as members of Team Canada to represent our country and association in Zug, Switzerland in June 2015.

The Team Canada Men's team looks to regain past glory and get back to the top of the mountain in what looks to be the most competitive tournament to date.  "The Slovaks and Czechs have outperformed us, and the Swiss will be motivated to impress on their home soil, and others such as the US will be looking to surpass us."  said Team Canada GM Jeff Dzikowicz.  "We prioritized our selections in the following way, Talent and Ability are paramount, Chemistry is strongly considered, Intangibles such as leadership, confidence and winning were next, and lastly provincial representation, the coaching staff and I feel strongly that this group of players fits our criteria, and will give us our best shot of climbing the mountain."   Team Canada 2015 to date is as follows:
 
Forwards
Dominic Morency - Montreal Redlite
Dustin Kelly - Manitoba Selects
Jonathon Daoust - Montreal Redlite
Jordan Escott - Newfoundland Black Horse
Kevin Kuczmarski - Generals Montreal
Martin Frechette - Montreal Redlite
Mathieu Duguay - Montreal Redlite
Nelson Vargas Dias - Montreal Redlite
Stephen Dabadie - Calgary Phantoms
Yannick Labonte - Montreal Redlite
 
Defence
Calin Wild - Manitoba Selects
Carl Ghilarducci - Montreal Redlite
James Pasternak - Saskatoon Buffalo
Martin Corbeil - Montreal Redlite
Patrick O'Keefe - Newfoundland Black Horse
Paul Roy - Montreal Redlite
 
Goaltending
Anthony Flores - St. Michaels (ON) Newfoundland Black Horse
Samuel Beauchamps - Montreal Redlite
 
Head Coach
Mathieu LeBrun - Montreal, PQ

Assistant Coaches
Jason Eapen - Calgary, AB
Sandro Morello -  Pointe Claire, PQ
 
General Manager
Jeff Dzikowicz - Winnipeg, Manitoba
 
The next round of player selections as well as the positions of Equipment Manager and Team Physiotherapist  will be posted no later than Dec 19, 2014.

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Online Auction to benefit Mens and Womens Team Canada- Just in time for Christmas!

With the World Ball Hockey Championships taking place in Zug, Switzerland this June (2015) travel expenses don’t come cheap. To help offset the cost for players, the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) is hosting an Online Auction from November 24th to December 10th with all proceeds going to the Mens and Womens Team Canada program.

The Online Auction features original collectables, autographed jersey’s, memorabilia, tickets and art.  We also have a great selection of gift cards and certificates from Canadian businesses and retailers.  New items will be added daily, plan to come back often.

“We are very thankful for all the support we have received,” comments Jeff Dzikowicz, Mens Team Canada GM. “With over 50,000 ball hockey members across Canada and people who just love ball hockey, we hope everyone will take a look at the Online Auction, and make a bid.”

Women’s team Canada GM, Gwen Ranquist-Lemieux added, ‘Donating or bidding on an auction item is a great way to support Team Canada.  I hope that the holidays will add even more excitement and we’ll see lots of bids over the coming days.”

All proceeds from the Online Auction will directly help with player flights, accommodations, apparel, training camps and equipment. The trip to Europe isn’t just about competition in sports, it’s an experience players will cherish for a lifetime.

Check out the On-line Auction items at http://auction.tcballhockey.com/list-of-auction-items/

If you would like to donate items please contact Shelley at: president@cbha.com  - accepting new items until December 6, 2014.

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Wednesday November 26(Semi finals)
(7)TANK vs Fat Roy(2)F1 Game 1
At this rate, Fat Roy will need to make drastic adjustments if they hope to survive the series. All season long, B.Deslauriers caused fits for his opponents and tonight wasn’t any different as the sniper struck four times to lead his club to a 1-0 series lead. Tank took immediate initiative building a 3-0 lead and added three more second period tallies that included two power play goals.
(6)Buckshots vs Table 51(4)F1 Game 1
After jumping off to a better start, the division leaders made sure to protect their lead and grab control of the series. The Buckshots also possess a power forward as E.Mavroudis made a statement by finding the back of the net on three occasions. While he isn’t the only dangerous piece to the puzzle, the Buckshots have a great supporting cast and got plenty of help from other players such as M.Destounis, P.Giannoumis and their net minder C.Stavriadis.
(6)Tyrants vs Punishers(2)F2 Game 1
The Punishers put up a good fight and hung in there for two periods until the Tyrants turned up the pace by the third. Deadlocked at two goals a piece, the Tyrants ran up the score bagging four straight tallies in which two came off the blade of A.St-Laurent. Other key pieces to the puzzle were the strong play of their usual suspect M.Turgeon who had a regular four point night and from their net minder G.Platanitis who shut the door when it mattered the most.
(6)Fat Cats vs Hellfish(3)F2 Game 1
The Hellfish are capable of suffocating any opponent but the Fat Cats found ways overcome the barrier by posting six goals in a double up win. The key marker may have come early in the second period when G.DeMarinis put the Fat Cats up in a short handed situation. That fuelled two more second period tallies for a 4-3 lead before a pair of third period goals confirmed the final result. Its only game one of the series but the Hellfish will need to figure out a way to bounce back and force a third and deciding game.
(5)ITT/Audi vs Stingers(7)F3 Game 1
While nobody saw this one coming along with the Stingers, the ITT/Audi have a whole week to bounce back and even up the series. Plenty of credit to the Stingers as they put out a full committed effort and got key performances from P.Cote and F.Bchara who each buried hat tricks.The Stingers also worked their power play striking twice on two occasions and will look to potentially knock out the favourites in next weeks battle.
(5)Steelers vs Primetime(4) F3 Game 1
As expected, this contest was going to be close but it was the Steelers prevailing in the end. Despite grabbing a 4-3 third period lead, Primetime couldn’t contain J.Afentakis who notched two clutch goals for the Steelers fairly late in the game. This contest saw momentum shift back and forth. The Steelers owned the first and third periods while S.DosSantos and Primetime were the dominant force in the second frame.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Cote of the Stingers. Entering in as the under dogs, Philippe Cote had a game to remember after netting three goals and two helpers in a crucial 7-5 win over ITT/Audi.

Games two and if necessary games three of the semi finals will continue on Wednesday December 3.

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Monday November 24
(2)Bramabulls vs Raging Rhinos(5)
Already secured top seed and a direct shoe in into the semi finals, the Bramabulls didn't show much urgency on Monday night. The Raging Rhinos however worried about their own agenda and played a full out 45 minute game posting three power play goals to hand the Bramabulls only their second loss of the season. Nobody stood out offensively but P.Elizardo did get credited the winner after netting a late second period tally.
(5)Whalers vs Latin Blue(8)
Latin Blue out scored the Whalers 4-1early on and were able to protect the lead despite giving up three power play goals. E.Medrano, leader of his club along with G.Cerroni and F.Benhamadi all had two goal games for the win while the Whalers captain S.Shorkey stepped it up once more bagging two goals and a helper. The Whalers know they can produce with their man advantage but will need to improve their 5 on 5 game if they hope to go anywhere in the playoffs.
(1)X-Treme vs Armadillos(6)
Two teams that appear to be evenly matched wasn't the case on this night as the Armadillos rout X-Treme 6-1.The Armadillos got better as the game went on and did most of their damage by the third posting three unanswered goals. R.Cohen set the tone early, and continued his strong play riffling three tallies and an assist while P.Lapointe was just as impressive notching a pair of markers in a four point performance. He didn't score but P.Koutsogiannopoulos also had a four point night. After firing 25 shots, T.Oliveira was the only player to solve C.Giannakis.
(6)Assaut De Laval vs Hollywood Hustlers(5)
It may have come a little to late but L'Assaut De Laval finally have something to smile about. Its been a frustrating season for the newly added club who after nine winless games were able to capture their first win of the year. It was the captain J-M Dery setting the stage with a pair of back to back tallies before S.Chenier was able to capture the highlight of the contest with the game winner. As for Carnage, M.Hadjar did plenty by finishing his night with a hat trick.
(8)Venom vs Armadillos(7) O.T
Each side decided to open it up, and when it was all said and done, Venom had the final say of the E Monday regular season. N.Gilbert was unstoppable accumulating five points, J.Courteau struck twice and Y.Gazura had the biggest goal of the game coming in overtime. The Armadillos will argue its their second game of the night but faired well anyway getting another big game from R.Cohen who netted a hat trick while adding a pair of assists. S.Sideris and P.Lapointe scored two goals each and P.Koutsogiannopoulos was generous once more with five helpers.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Raphy Cohen of the Armadillos. In two games, Raphy Cohen posted a pair of hat tricks finishing his night with an overall production of nine points.

The quarter finals will begin on Monday December 1.The match ups are as follows:

(1)Bramabullsvs Whalers              (8)
(2)Armadillosvs Hollywood Hustlers(7)
(3)Venom    vs Latin Blue             (6)
(4)X-Treme  vs Raging Rhinos      (5)

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Sunday November 23
(4)Sedgyfergo vs Bijoux(2)
Despite dropping the contest, Bijoux battled hard and kept it respectable versus a potent offence. Sedgyfergo capitalised on two power play chances and built a 3-0 lead before G.Vermette gave up his first of two goals late in the second period. P.Langelier netted an important late second period marker that ultimately held up as the game winner. This victory guarantees at least a second place spot for Sedgyfergo while Bijoux will take on the third place seed of the E2 division.
(5)1 Timer vs HC Inter(2)
After playing a solid 45 minute performance, the 1 Timer hope to carry some good vibes moving forward. If P-A Surprenant keeps going at this pace, the 1 Timer will cause problems for any opponents as the natural striker buried three more goals to help lift his club to a 5-2 win. His tallies were his clubs first three of the night before C.Gagnon-Ethier and T.Daigneault capped things off by the third period. M.Dufort also had a role finishing his game with three helpers.
(4)Butchers vs Red Vipers(5)
K.Kersaint pulls his weight once more and the Red Vipers edge the Butchers 5-4 to finish off their season. After opening up the scoring, the solid forward added a pair of second period goals accumulating his fourth point of the night. The Red Vipers won their major battle by the second frame posting four tallies before dropping a pair of markers by the third. The Butchers did get a good game from both T.Karasek and J.Scappaticcio combining for five points.
(4)Hulkamania vs Red Nose(1)
Its not often a defensemen gets a hat trick but Paolino Cardillo was able to savour the moment in a nice 4-1 win over the Red Nose. His blistering slap shots gave no hope for J-P Gagnon who did an overall fine job keeping his club in it. On the other hand, H.Trahan was razor sharp between the pipes and made key saves at the right moments allowing Hulkamania to capture the result. Only up by one, the boys in yellow put the game away in the third converting on two occasions.
(5)Les Bakaloo vs Untouchables(6) O.T
The Untouchables failed to protect two big leads but managed to capture the win anyway in overtime. Les Bakaloo never gave up and climbed out of a 3-0 hole before overcoming a 5-3 deficit late in the third. After assisting twice in the first period, J.Lesperance-Daoust had a clutch third period performance bagging two straight goals before P.Bourret eventually won it in overtime. Les Bakaloo may be in the E2 division but the way they have been playing as of late, will ensure only good things to happen moving forward.
(4)Zeus vs French Kiss Mafia(6)
Somehow in the span of a minute, one player made the complete difference in deciding this out come.Down 4-3 and with less than four minutes remaining in the game, E.Girouard riffled three goals 60 seconds apart leaving Zeus absolutely speechless. He did have the help of his most valued line mate S.Robineault who was able to feed him on all three occasions. Zeus did however play a good match and led for most of the night until things changed for the worst.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Paolino Cardillo of Hulkamania. Out of his clubs four goals, the solid d-man put three behind J-P Gagnon in a 4-1 win over the Red Nose.

The E1 division will start their semi-finals on Sunday November 30.The match ups are as follows:

(1)Sedgyfergo vs Hulkamania(4)
(2)Red Nose   vs Red Vipers  (3)

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Thursday November 20
(4)Dragons vs Bramabulls(3) S.O
The Dragons seem to always be a thorn no matter who they play. Tonight, they went the distance against a top ranked team and defeated them in a shootout battle. L.Dulcetta’s late slap shot evened the score for the Dragons who then saw S.Koulieris profit in the breakaways as the lone shootout goal scorer. It came in a losing cause but F.Giannini showed what he’s capable of by netting all three tallies for the Bramabulls.
(6)Les Bananes vs Hellas(2)
It took some time but Les Bananes were able to open the flood gates over a depleted line up. Hellas tested their fate with no changes and managed to put up a decent fight till the mid way point of the match. F.Laurin took control of the situation bagging three straight goals before finishing his night with four points. It came a little too late but Hellas did get some satisfaction by solving A.Mawassi twice with efforts from M.Boafo and N.Velji.
(2)Blades vs Brewers(2) S.O
Despite playing on their heels for most of the night, the Blades salvaged a point in the end. The Brewers put plenty of pressure and did a good job taking advantage of a short bench but struggled to capitalise in certain situations. M.Lastoria opened the scoring on brilliant effort to beat C.Muccino while M.Fazzolari was able to respond with a hard slap shot solving A.Caruso for a rare time. After a scoreless overtime, D.Bertand of Blades along with R.Mancini of the Brewers were able to notch tallies in the shootout.
(1)Mighty Drunks vs United Arms(6)
With results such as this, the United Arms look to be in form heading into the post season. Despite giving up a late third period goal, the United Arms took total control of the match building a comfortable 5-0 lead before trading goals by the third. A.Minassian was the only player to score twice that included the winner while C.Kalachian had the most assists feeding three different teammates.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Francois Laurin of Les Bananes. His first three goals of the game along with a helper helped lift his club to a 6-2 win over Hellas.

The regular season came to an end on Thursday night which now sets the stage for the playoffs. With the Bramabulls skipping the first round for finishing in first place, the match ups are as follows:

(2)United Arms    vs Dragons      (7)
(3)Blades            vs Brewers       (6)
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Les Bananes(5)

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Thursday November 20
(3)Scorpions vs Renceur(1)
It’s never easy limiting a team like Renceur to only one goal but the Scorpions found a way to nearly blank them. The Scorpions played a near perfect game for over two periods before giving up their only tally of the night. A.Clark provided offence like he usually does posting a pair of goals while M.Baccari got his clubs lone marker. Renceur still managed to fire over 30 shots but had trouble on this night solving H.Trahan.
(4)Chiefs vs Legion(5)
As much as Legion deserves credit for their result, the Chiefs weren’t too happy with the way things ended. Up by two and with only half a period remaining, the Chiefs couldn’t defend versus a club with only two changes. Already with a pair of assists, G.Chountalos came up huge on two occasions with back to back goals less than a minute apart before M.Latreille lifted Legion with the game winner. That game winning goal was his third of the contest.
(3)Electric Area vs Renceur(4)S.O
Despite coming out on top, Le Renceur were far from convincing in their double header night. After dropping their earlier contest to the Scorpions, the young squad were forced to squeak a shootout win over the Electric Area. They needed two power play goals and a three point game from M-A Lefebvre who was also able to net the shootout winner. What made this loss frustrating for the Electric Area was that they led all game long until losing the shootout battle.
(4)Billionaire Boys vs Carnage(2)
It was a first of two games for both these clubs, and after dominating the third period, the Billionaire Boys won the opening battle. With efforts from four different players, M.Colatosti took advantage of a third period power play snapping a 2-2 tie before J.Velenosi made sure to put the match away with an insurance marker. S.Bentivegna had a very busy night ahead of him and was able to stand strong between the pipes with strong performance.
(4)Carnage vs Billionaire Boys(5) O.T
With a chance to even the score, Carnage weren’t able to fight off the last three minutes of the game. The Billionaire Boys were running out of time but managed to take advantage of a late power play chance where N.Bruno came up clutch netting the equaliser before upping the ante in overtime by posting the game winning tally. Each side did a fine job with their special teams bagging two power play goals a piece. M.Melo had a strong game notching two goals for the win while A.Angelis did the same for Carnage.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Clark. The Scorpions sniper was able to power two goals in a 3-1 win over the division leaders.

With the conclusion of both the E1 & E2 regular season coming to an end, the first round match ups are as follows:

(3)Legion        vs Deadlast (6) E1 round 1
(4)Electric Area vs Chiefs    (5) E1 round 1

(1)Werewolves          vs 23rd Hour                (8) E2 quarter-finals
(2)Stones                 vs Street Ballers           (7) E2 quarter-finals
(3)JAC Motosport       vs Assurance Evolution  (6) E2 quarter-finals
(4)French Connection vs Billionaire Boys         (5) E2 quarter-finals

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Wednesday November 19
(7)Generals vs Royal Flush(0)
The Generals were able to put last weeks outcome behind them quickly as they handed the Royal Flush a 7-0 crushing to open their season. J.Bradley had goals in every frame for a hat trick and K.Kuczmarski also notched three tallies while S.Comptant got the other marker. The Royal Flush didn’t have the roster they hoped for and barely got any scoring attempts on M.Gallant who easily earned a shutout.
(6)All Blacks vs Hustlers(3)
After a wild opening period, the All Blacks continued their progress and eventually doubled up the Hustlers. S.Ghilarducci opened and closed the scoring while adding a helper on the game winning tally. The Hustlers had a decent start riffling two first period goals but struggled to get the ball in the net the rest of the way. N.Tzaferis and his captain T.Bozinakis combined for four points in the loss.
(1)Capitals vs Rated R(0)
One tally, along with tight defence and solid goaltending was enough for a Capitals victory. C.Valois struck late in the first period and the Capitals never looked back as they protected the lead the rest of the way. Each goaltender lived up to their expectations that saw J-F Aumais collect the shutout while his counter part A.Caruso was a rock as well allowing only one goal.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-F Aumais. The veteran net minder stood strong between the pipes allowing the Capitals to grab a 1-0 win over Rated R.

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Tuesday November 18 (Playoffs, Round 1)
(8)Concept vs Animals(2)
The relentless Concept were able to out will the Animals in the third period by posting six markers. He may not have scored, but A.Moffa Concepts captain helped set up four third period tallies and was a vital reason why his club moved on to the next round. M.Cloutier along with P.Bibeau had multi goal games and M.Moffa was stellar in nets allowing only two power play goals.
(5)Bramabulls vs Stealth Assassins(2)
Three solid players along with a good supporting cast has the Bramabulls through to the next round. M.Richard was unstoppable posting three goals and two helpers while J.Mandracchia and M.Argiris combined for six points. The Bramabulls only got going by the second frame scoring twice on the power play before winning the final frame securing a quarter final spot.

The quarter final match ups are as follows:

(1)Slayers            vs Bramabulls       (8)
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Concept           (7)
(3)Spartans          vs Smackdaddys   (6)
(4)PokerTree        vs Lagacy             (5)

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Sunday November 16
(4)Team Finland vs Capitals(5) O.T
Despite a remarkable third period comeback, Team Finland weren’t able to get the job done. The Capitals looked to have total control of the match up until a four minute sequence changed all that. Team Finland scored three quick goals to gain a 4-3 lead before L.Southern responded to send the game into overtime. Apart from his equaliser, L.Southern was all over the court netting two goals that included the sudden death winner along with a pair of first period assists.

Monday November 17
(8)River Rats vs Les Derniers(5)
In what was a must win game for Les Derniers didn’t pan out as the River Rats continue to roll in the C Monday night division. This was a first of two games on the night for the second place seed and what a way to start it off as D.Grasso powered five goals and a helper to help lead his club in the right direction. Les Derniers had the better start thanks to a pair of first period tallies from D.Montreuil before collapsing by the second frame allowing four unanswered goals. M.Crialese struck twice and added two helpers for the win while the captain of Les Derniers B.Jutras also finished his night with two markers.
(8)River Rats vs Les Rouges(2)
Clearly goals won’t be an issue for the River Rats moving forward as they notch eight more to collect a second win in only three hours. For a second straight time, the River Rats had their best moments in the second frame where they buried five markers for a 6-2 lead. J.Morina and Marco.Diaco converted twice each while M.Argiris was the most productive finishing with four points.
(2)Team Finland vs Northstars(4)
The Northstars made sure not to make losing a habit as they bounce back with a 4-2 win over Team Finland. Striking early, the division leaders won the opening frame 2-0 and added an early second period goal from M-A Martineau before Team Finland responded twice making a game of it. Even though this left plenty of time for an equaliser, Team Finland couldn’t find a way to tie the game which eventually led to late marker from C.Forest who finished his game with two goals and an assist.
(2)Capitals vs Les Rouges(1)
Despite losing both games in their double header night, Les Rouges did put up a good battle versus a dangerous hockey team. This match was only decided by the mid way point of the third period where M.Champagne riffled his second of the contest giving the Capitals a 2-1 lead. Each side exchanged tallies in the first period less than a minute apart and maintained to keep things tight the rest of the way. C.Fortin stood tall between the pipes and was able to earn the win over his counter part M.Croteau.
(4)Team Finland vs Team Greece(3)
After playing it safe for two periods, each side decided to open it up by the final frame. Deadlocked at one goal a piece, Team Finland had enough legs to post three third period goals in which two came off the blade of A.Mezzagno to defeat Team Greece. A.Raimondo got credited the winner while his brother M.Raimondo kept his club in it all game long to earn the win between the pipes.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Champagne. In a game where goals were hard to come by, Mathieu Champagne notched both tallies for the Capitals in a close 2-1 win over Les Rouges.

This now concludes the regular season for the C Monday night division. The Northstars and the River Rats will skip the opening round for capturing the top two seeds.

The first round match ups are as follows:

(3)Capitals         vs Les Rouges  (6)
(4)Team Finland vs Team Greece(5)

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Premier division

Monday September 8
(3)Red Lite vs Black Knights(2) O.T
It took an overtime win but the Red Lite got it done to finish off their season in first place. The Black Knights managed to overcome a 2-0 deficit getting goals from P.Musto and S.Sacco before N.Vargas-Dias ended the night with the sudden death winner. S.Legris and S.Ghilarducci notched the other tallies in the victory and Mathieu Duguay got credited the win allowing only two goals in a short span of less than a minute. With the regular season coming to an end, the semi-finals will begin immediately on Wednesday September 10. Red Lite will look to take care of the Royal Flush while the Black Knights will have a difficult task versus the Generals.

Semi finals:

(1)Red Lite vs Royal Flush    (4)
(2)Generals vs Black Knights(3)

The Boston pizza player of the night goes to Nelson Vargas-Dias. The skilled forward was able to clinch first place for the Red Lite by cashing in with the overtime game winning goal.

Wednesday September 3
(6)Red Lite vs Black Knights(3)
The ten time National champions continued their rhythm on Wednesday night by doubling up the Black Knights. Although the Black Knights had the better start posting a 3-1 first period lead, the Red Lite found an extra gear in the final frame where they riffled four unanswered tallies to take the contest. Y.Jomphe evened the score at three goals a piece and was able to add his second of the night as the only multi goal scorer of the match.
(8)Generals vs Royal Flush(1)
K.Kuczmarski’s two first period goals set the tone as the Generals run away with an easy win. The Generals cruised their way to an easy result and had the luxury to slow things down if they wanted knowing that they had a game immediately after versus the Black Knights. Apart from his two first period goals, K.Kuczmarski added to his production by setting up both J.Adamou and J.Bradley.
(8)Generals vs Black Knights(1)
The Generals simply duplicated what they did earlier on by routing the Black Knights 8-1.Most of their production occurred in the second frame where they posted up five goals to carry a comfortable 7-1 third period lead. Maxime Duguay and S.Proulx had multi goal games, and for a second straight match, O.Gaucher allowed only one tally.

The Boston Pizza player of the night goes to Olivier Gaucher. The Generals net minder allowed a mere two goals in back to back games versus the Royal Flush and the Black Knights.

 

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Ball Hockey is promoted through Quebecers in Jamaica

From September 8-12, 2014, Jean-Marie Larochelle and two of his friends went to Jamaica to organize a ball hockey camp for kids at Drapers All Age School and Port Antonio Primary School.


It is his passion for hockey in all its forms which led him to organize this project:” Last January, during my first trip to Jamaica, I spoke with people from the little town where I was living in and hockey quickly came on the topic. They told me I should come back to teach ball hockey at their elementary school. After a few months of preparation, we decided on a date and the project was launch”, he explains.

Jean-Marie and his friends organized morning sessions at Drapers All Age School, and afternoon ones at Port Antonio. The young participants were aged between 6-14 years old and the project targeted girls as much as boys. “People just loved it and we drew crowds sometimes. I just learned last week that the kids were still playing after I left. I gave all the hockey sticks and ball to the school so they could practice every day.”

Given the success of his camp, he plans on returning next January for the second phase of his project where he plans on organizing games between the two schools.
He concludes saying: « It honestly was one of the best experiences in my life. To see all these kids learn a new sport and adapt it that quickly and easily was very impressive.” He also mentions that there weren’t any gyms in the schools and they had to play on a bad quality basketball course. Yet, the kids were doing very well. “Imagine the potential they would have on gym or real ball hockey floors. I guarantee you they would be excellent players!”

Amongst others, he thanks Tony Iannitto and George Gortsos from the CBHA and ISBHF for donating hockey sticks and balls, Roy Larochelle Avocats inc. for the t-shirts, Sean Wilson from Coast to Coast Hockey shop and the people who participated to his Indiegogo fundraising.

You can watch videos and pictures from his trip here:
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Men's Team Canada Announces Initial Line-up for Worlds in Switzerland

The Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) is pleased to announce the following selections as members of Team Canada to represent our country and association in Zug, Switzerland in June 2015.

The Team Canada Men's team looks to regain past glory and get back to the top of the mountain in what looks to be the most competitive tournament to date.  "The Slovaks and Czechs have outperformed us, and the Swiss will be motivated to impress on their home soil, and others such as the US will be looking to surpass us."  said Team Canada GM Jeff Dzikowicz.  "We prioritized our selections in the following way, Talent and Ability are paramount, Chemistry is strongly considered, Intangibles such as leadership, confidence and winning were next, and lastly provincial representation, the coaching staff and I feel strongly that this group of players fits our criteria, and will give us our best shot of climbing the mountain."   Team Canada 2015 to date is as follows:
 
Forwards
Dominic Morency - Montreal Redlite
Dustin Kelly - Manitoba Selects
Jonathon Daoust - Montreal Redlite
Jordan Escott - Newfoundland Black Horse
Kevin Kuczmarski - Generals Montreal
Martin Frechette - Montreal Redlite
Mathieu Duguay - Montreal Redlite
Nelson Vargas Dias - Montreal Redlite
Stephen Dabadie - Calgary Phantoms
Yannick Labonte - Montreal Redlite
 
Defence
Calin Wild - Manitoba Selects
Carl Ghilarducci - Montreal Redlite
James Pasternak - Saskatoon Buffalo
Martin Corbeil - Montreal Redlite
Patrick O'Keefe - Newfoundland Black Horse
Paul Roy - Montreal Redlite
 
Goaltending
Anthony Flores - St. Michaels (ON) Newfoundland Black Horse
Samuel Beauchamps - Montreal Redlite
 
Head Coach
Mathieu LeBrun - Montreal, PQ

Assistant Coaches
Jason Eapen - Calgary, AB
Sandro Morello -  Pointe Claire, PQ
 
General Manager
Jeff Dzikowicz - Winnipeg, Manitoba
 
The next round of player selections as well as the positions of Equipment Manager and Team Physiotherapist  will be posted no later than Dec 19, 2014.

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Canada Sweeps Gold At The Masters World Cup

Team Canada Masters Men & Women both take Gold at the 2014 ISBHF Masters World Cup in Tampa, Florida...

 

Masters Women's Team Canada went  a perfect 4-0 in the round robin with 17 goals for and 0 against.
 
The Women's squad continued their streak of shutouts into the semi finals and championship game where the team defeated Slovakia in the semi finals 6-0 and Team USA - Blue 2-0 in the Gold Medal game with goals by Isabelle Aube and Sara Ross to take the inaugural Women's Masters World Cup.
 
Masters Men's Team Canada also went through the tournament undefeated. After going 3-0 in the round robin they defeated Greece 5-1 in the quarter finals and USA 2-1 in the semi finals with the exciting game winner being scored with less than 1 second on the clock.
 
This set up the championship game with the Canada - Wolfpack team from Ontario who also was undefeated going into the final match.
 
Canada - Wolfpack got into some penalty trouble early and Team Canada capitalized with 2 power play goals by Paolo Musto. Canada - Wolfpack came back with a shorthanded goal if it's own making it 2-1 after two periods. Team Canada opened things up in the third period with Musto's third power play goal along with tallies by Jason Cormier and Mike Allaby to secure a 5-1 victory and the Men's Masters World Cup title.

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