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Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:43

The Origins of Dek Hockey

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A big special thank you to Guy Morin for sharing his story and contributing to the development of the sport in Quebec!


Dek Hockey is a sport that had its beginnings in the United States, and more particularly in Leominster, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.  The Mylec Company, a company that at that time sold equipment such as sticks and balls, received more and more phone calls during this period about where it was possible to practice Dek Hockey.  Following this enthusiasm, the company decided to invest in order to acquire a plastic playing surface and become the very first Dek Hockey center.  Founder of the Mylec company, Mr. Ray Leclerc who is the official designer of this sport so well known today.  Dek Hockey then became official in 1974.


Several US cities followed such as Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia and the state of Connecticut.  It was only in 1981 that the National Dek Hockey Association (NDA) was born.  The latter made it possible to make known the notoriety of this sport and to be able to standardize it and thus standardize it for all to see.


Mr. Guy Morin, an active hockey player as well as a cosum hockey player in the gymnasium, would become an important player in the Dek Hockey community at this time.  He allowed, among other things, to make things happen by bringing the concept of Dek Hockey to Quebec and by making known the sport in the province after several years of work and perseverance.


Following an advertisement about the Dek Hockey tournament in the state of Massachusetts in the sports magazine The Hockey News, a Canadian ice hockey magazine founded in 1947, Mr. Morin went directly to Leominster.  He had the opportunity to meet the owner of the Dek Hockey center, Mr. Chris Housser, in the spring of 1985, and at the same time he took advantage of it by visiting the premises.  After this meeting, Mr. Morin decided to create his own gymnasium league.  He absolutely wanted to open his league by respecting all the regulations of the sport while also taking into account the equipment allowing it to be played.  The goal is therefore to form teams, more precisely 4, so as to have the chance to participate in the very first Dek Hockey tournament in the Canadian city of Niagara Falls, Ontario and meeting between Mr Guy Morin and Mr Chris Housser in Leominster in 1985.


The following year, it was the province of Quebec's turn to host its very first 5-player vs. 5-player DekHockey game in June.  Indeed, the Incorporation of Dek Hockey Quebec Inc. carried out in May the importation of the first playing surface accompanied by a temporary band and the entire surface, which gave way to the match the following month.  The installation of the arena was the very first surface in 1986


Pictured: Tom Deery (Pittsburgh lineman), Guy Morin and Vincent Tremblay (ex Toronto Leafs goaltender)


In 1986, the players who played ball hockey, commonly known at the time, were mostly located in New Brunswick or in the west of the island of Montreal.  At that time, the key elements that set this sport apart from others and make it one of a kind were the surface as well as the equipment.  We can see that it was more precisely the dimensions of the playing surface as well as the sticks that were the 2 key elements of this sport in its early days.  These sticks were designed to give players greater control over the force of the throw and the trajectory of the ball, which weighs only one-third the usual weight of an ice hockey puck.  These sticks are also suitable for DekHockey surfaces constructed of polyethylene and each of the plastic paddles, made up of holes, allow air to pass through.


Mr. Morin presented a new formula for DekHockey players in 1989. This proposed a game schedule that would allow them to play half of their games in an arena (indoors) and the other half in the arena outside.  With almost unanimity, the players spoke and voted for the games to be played entirely outside.


The period between 1986 and 1991 was the one that will allow sport to be adapted to the realities of the province of Quebec.  It was at this time that, among other things, the translation of the rulebook, the translation of the Management Manual and other documents related to the good practice of the sport took place.


Patrick Roy, spokesperson for DekHockey from 1986 to 1994


 During this same period, creating and putting together all-inclusive “sets” for players was also a novelty for organizers in the DekHockey community.  Indeed, it was a challenge to include at the same time, the match schedules, referees and scorers, player registrations and statistics to be able to obtain a pro-rata of $ 8.00 per player /  per game at this time.


The next step in this whole process was Goalkeeper, a major step for the sport of DekHockey.  In fact, this would be able to validate whether the fact of standardizing each aspect of sport (such as playing surfaces, dimensions, refereeing, playing strategies, match schedules, management and  (marketing aspect too) was realistic or not at that time, in 1991. Once this was in place, we also had to ask ourselves whether the local demography of Quebec would be advantageous for exchanges.


The year 1993 was a turning point in the sport, as it was from then that Dek Hockey became a trademark in its own right.  The set of equipment used, the unique type of surface and the set of regulations attached to it are the 3 aspects that define this sport and this is what makes it so unique.  From that moment on, the popularity of the sport grew more and more and, by the same token, it was then marketed across the province.  In particular, many Quebec establishments, such as the Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec City, the Les 4 Glaces complex in Brossard, Place Bonaventure and the famous Olympic Stadium in Montreal have contributed to this expansion with the aim of developing this sport through the metropolis using an affiliate program.


Promotion of DekHockey at Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec City in 1994


Along this path, Guy Morin set out to find Quebec businesses that would like to partner with the concept of DekHockey.  The research was not easy knowing that at that time, the pool of players was not the highest in Quebec, and especially knowing that the manufacturers in the province did not want to take any risks with a novelty of the genre.  The goal was to bring the sport to Quebec to try to make it known locally and to prevent the monopoly in the United States from taking full place in North America.


Mr. Morin even thought of partnering with the Industrial Development Company (SDI).  This, directly in connection with the Government, would have been a good ally, because it would have made it possible to establish links between the local DekHockey and various potential companies to obtain help, with subsidies or to create partnerships.  Thus, Mr. Morin worked for many years with the SDI and a kiosk especially for DekHockey was installed at the Canadian sporting good association (CSGA) in Montreal and, more precisely, at Place Bonaventure.  The first goal was to be able to attract people to discover this brand new sport and popularize it in Quebec.


Other companies, such as D-Gel, IPL and Koho-Karhu (for DekHockey equipment) were also not interested in partnering with this concept at the time.  Yet they probably had no idea that a few years later the sport would take a whole new turn and gain tremendous popularity as a very interesting market.


In 1994, it was the setting up of matches 3 players against 3 players in the district of Charny, in the city of Lévis.  As a new sport in Quebec, the goal was above all to reach the smallest markets by creating a concept of the kind that is inspired by that which we already find in basketball, a sport that has already found its place in  the sports world.  Thus, this concept will be adopted more and more during the practice of DekHockey and the concept of 5 players against 5 players will be less and less popular.


Almost 7 years later, it was time to buy and build a center for DekHockey fans.  By the same token, it will 

become a benchmark establishment in this area for future promoters in the province.  Indeed, the Beauport center was a sports establishment with many potential sources of income that will allow it to be shared in the local market.


It is now thanks to all of these approaches that the sport of DekHockey is also developed and that it has the notoriety that we know to this day.

Monday, 07 September 2020 18:23

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Friday, 24 July 2020 14:15

The Passing of Tracy Kitchen


It is with a heavy heart on hearing the news of the passing of Tracy Kitchen.
I have known Tracy for many years and always enjoyed the discussions around coaching and the players when our paths crossed in Oshawa or at Provincials.  She did everything to get the most out of every player, both on and off the floor.  She was a friend, coach and leader to many of the girls that came into her life of ice and ball hockey.
In 2016, she travelled to the World Championships in Prague to support her nephew who was on the U20 team.   At the time I was aware that the World Ball Hockey Federation would be hosting the Girls U20 in two years and thought who better to get involved and so we discussed the Girls U20 program.
It didn't take long for her eyes to open up and interest peaked in representing the country and sport she loved for so many years.   It also didn't take long to ask for our Team Canada caps so at our next game, I presented her with one of my team hats.  
Tracy and I have been great supporters of the sport and specifically girls and women's ball hockey. I felt it was important to have her involved like I was given the opportunity many years ago.
Tracy was a member of the Oshawa Ball Hockey League for over 20 years playing, officiating and coaching.
I will miss her insatiable quest for knowledge, not just about the sport, but for life.  Always wanting to know what someone else's opinion was on subjects to be able to see things from different perspectives.  I will miss her easy laugh and her being able to make me laugh.  
She was exactly how every person should be, so accepting of everyone, loving, kind, engaging, entertaining, humbling and that smile that would light up any room.
The ‎ world is emptied without her yet somehow fuller from the many gifts she left behind .
My heart is heavy for her family, friends and players she came across she adored you.  
Her smile will continue to shine bright in our hearts and her loss is immeasurable to her family, friends, players and our thoughts and prayers are with all of them. 
On behalf of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada, condolences to the family and friends of Tracy Kitchen. 
Rest Easy My Friend
Mauro Cugini


Thursday, 04 June 2020 20:42

Team Canada Reveals Their Alternate Logo

A team's logo and colors must have a positive effect on its players and fans to always feel like winners when decked out in logos and symbols that scream, "This is OUR team."

Is there a logo in ball hockey that is more representative of a team than the CANADA leaf that is the NBHAC Team Canada program, it’s classic and timeless in the red and white.   OUR Leaf is iconic, not only in that it easily identifies the most popular nation in the sport, but also because of the significance of the maple leaf in the country.

The alternate logo is a take on The Ohio State University, but unequivocally our take on OUR team and OUR history and part of OUR identity.

The alternate logo is classic in design and brilliant in its simplicity. The “C” represents the members and alumni of the MTC, WTC and JTC and is bright and distinctive. Perfect in its simplicity, the C represents CANADA and the nine leafs represent our National teams. The bottom five leafs represent the JUNIOR program and U14, U16, U18, U20 and Girls U20 teams and will be the future of the program as they look up to the adult program in the top leafs.  The top four leafs represent the Men's (Open & Masters) and Women's (Open & Masters) teams.   The grey represents the borders of the nation and the BALL HOCKEY across the logo represents as the anthem states, ‘From far and wide, O Canada we stand on guard for thee’.

The CANADA leaf and the new “C” will continue to be instantly recognized and distinctively CANADA BALL HOCKEY representing the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada.

With Glowing Hearts We See Thee Rise

#LetsGo #WeReady #WeAreTeamCanada #BeTheStandard

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 22:31

NBHAC Update to Coronavirus

National Ball Hockey Association of Canada Update To Coronavirus (COVID-19)


May 20, 2020
The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada and its members are working on a plan to Return to Ball Hockey and have created a step by step implementation in collaboration and direction from the various provincial governments, public health authorities and municipal departments. 

As per many of the provincial health department updates, the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada has extended the emergency response to June 30, 2020.


The NBHAC will, however, continue to monitor and assess the situation as well as the recommendations of Provincial Health Units and with the actions of the Municipal Facility operators in curtailing or cancelling operations at the community centres and arenas.  

When Canada is ready, the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada will be ready to return and will continue to follow the guidelines set by the respective provincial governments and public health authorities as well as implement our step by step return to play with the municipal departments.


At present, each province is returning to ‘the new normal’ at different stages and plans.   The return of ball hockey will be done in the same manner due to the provincial health authorities. The association has created the following set of procedures and policies to return to ball hockey.


1. Leagues within each Province must follow their Provincial Health Authority and Provincial Association re-start plan

2.  Each League must have a re-start plan that aligns with their Provincial Public Health Authority policy for restarting as well as implement the step by step procedures set forth by the NBHAC


3. The NBHAC will have to agree to the sanctioning any ball hockey activity, game or event in the country


4. Leagues that do not follow the first three steps will not have any insurance protection for their activities  

5. Leagues that do not follow the steps set forth by the Provincial Health Authority and NBHAC to return to play will face sanctions by the NBHAC


To our Members, Executives, Officials, Volunteers and spectators across Canada, we thank you for your patience and will see you around the rink, gymnasium, street hockey event as soon as it is possible.


We will continue to provide information and updates as information becomes available.


Thank you for keeping everyone healthy



Board of Directors
National Ball Hockey Association of Canada


Tuesday, 26 May 2020 23:15

Workout Wednesday Starts in June

Georgian Sport Medicine & Physiotherapy opened in June 2017 in hopes to provide both advanced research based medical and rehabilitative services to our community and sports teams.

They began with one Physiotherapist Erica Reynolds and Doctor Dr. Andrea Jones and have grown into a multidisciplinary clinic offering Physiotherapy, Massage, Sports Medicine, Chiropractic, general Dietary Services and Kinesiology.  

We will be posting various exercises and techniques with their wonderfully talented kinesiologist for developing and providing daily workouts for our population with exercises. These videos will also include tips to modify exercises for any person starting June 3 and subsequent Wednesdays.

We thank Rachel Jorgensen for her positive energy, great ideas and dedication to her profession, the clinic and the sport of ball hockey!

Thursday, 30 April 2020 21:56

Masters General Managers Appointed

On behalf of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) and the High Performance Director, Steve Dockerty, we are proud to announce the Masters General Managers for the 2021 World Masters Championships being hosted in Nitra, Slovakia in June.


The NBHAC Program of Excellence wishes to congratulate, Peter Guido, Men’s and Sue Smith, Women’s Team Canada who both return after guiding their teams to gold in 2019 and hope to retain the championships.


The Masters Open Championships eligibility is for players 35 years of age or older and for 2021 all players must be born in 1986 or before.


The General Managers will be finalizing the selection of bench staff as well as support staff for each team in the coming months and player selections will be completed by September.


#wbhf2021nitra #BeGreat #WeReady #WeAreTeamCanada


April 17, 2020

As you are well aware, the world is battling with the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  As responsible citizens, it’s safe to say that all of us need to be aware of proper personal protective hygiene.

Many of our spring/summer programs have been delayed, but as many of you are aware municipalities have closed operations until June 30 and then will supply updates for the local community. 

In Canada, we do have the advantage of being supported by the public health system, but it will take all of us as individuals to practice proper hygiene habits to flatten to curve and halt the progression of this infectious disease.

The NBHAC will, however, continue to monitor and assess the situation as well as the recommendations of Provincial Health Units and with the actions of the Municipal Facility operators in curtailing or cancelling operations at the community centres and arenas.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update


Information for Canadians on COVID-19 (coronavirus) including current cases, who is most at risk, advice for returning travellers, how the situation is being monitored, how to contact the Government of Canada and updates from various federal departments.


Thank you for keeping everyone healthy.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020 22:07

WBHF COVID-19 Corona Virus Update


WBHF COVID-19 Corona Virus Update


March 26, 2020


Dear friends,


First and foremost, we hope you and your family are well and staying safe.


The WBHF Board of Directors met with the cities and organizing committees of our 2020 Events and established a plan together resulting of the world outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.


The health and safety of everyone in our sport is of the utmost priority for the WBHF. 


The WBHF is officially postponing all summer events to 2021, including World Championships for Juniors (Finland) and Seniors (Slovakia).  


We are fortunate to have great hosting partners and we thank them for their preparation work for 2020. It is our hope that we can schedule the same locations in 2021. You can expect announcements over the coming months.


With regards to the WC Juniors, all players who were to participate this year will retain their eligibility in 2021. In other words, the age groups will change to U15, U17, U19, U21 and Girls U21.


A decision on the Masters Championships in Niagara Falls will be made at a later date pending the updates provided by Health Canada.


Later this year, we will be in Orimattila, Finland for our 3-on-3 World Championship. It will be a time for reflection and hopefully of celebration of our sport.


We thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented period of global concern.



Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:46

Masters Job Posting


Master’s Staff Openings

Our goal is to build a program that is recognized as the best in world.  We have a reputation for excellence in our sport coupled with a strong sense of community, which fosters growth.  We will prepare and assemble a Team of Ball Hockey Players from Canada to compete for Gold Medal at the World Championships.

The goal is to field teams that set extra-ordinary standards for competitiveness, sportsmanship and team continuity.  To create a “life experience” for members of Team Canada.  

Athletic activities are an important part of our life experiences and this is reflected in our achievement in inter-provincial competition.   We are seeking an outstanding individuals including, General Manager, Head Coach, Team Doctor, Therapist and Equipment Manager to be a part of our Team Canada program for each of our Masters teams competing at the Masters Elite World Championships in Niagara Falls, July 30 to August 2.

The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada strives for excellence - in the quality of its players and community leaders and in the long tradition of athletic achievement.  We are currently seeking a qualified candidate’s for the following contracts in preparation for the 2020 World Masters Championships.

Click here for staff positions and deadlines.



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