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The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 CanAm Junior Ball Hockey Tournament schedule which means it’s time to circle your calendars for some can’t-miss matchups.

The NBHAC will provide unmatched opportunities for junior aged players 14-19.  The tournament is aligned with the Long Term Athlete Development and opportunities to showcase player skills and talents.

Age divisions will be reflective of the Long Term Player Development in 2017, further aligning the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) and other international nations.  NBHAC Junior teams will include Boys U14, U16, U18 & U20 and the inaugural Girls U20 division.

“We are so excited for the juniors attending this tournament and the opportunities we present them to showcase their skills in the game of ball hockey,” said Stephen Dockerty, High performance Director for the NBHAC.  “Junior players will have no shortage of opportunity in this tournament which is the main scouting tournament for the Junior Team Canada JTC) program.”

All the action starts up in Brampton on July 28 at Century Gardens, click here for the complete schedule

The 2018 World Ball Hockey Federation Championship dates will be announced in early August as will the host city.

The neighboring cities of Lovosice and Litomerice played host to the 2017 World Ball Hockey Federation World Championship in the Czech Republic.  The two cities are nestled in a valley with beautiful mountains as far as you can see and was unquestionably one of the most picturesque host cities that Team Canada has visited. 

 

Complete with nightly entertainment and the hospitality was second to none, and would be a memorable experience for many reasons, not the least of which were the games!

 

We must first start with our appreciation of the tremendous work of Jiri Skrivanek and his staff for the superbly organized hosting at both sites and all the players, team staffs and spectators thank you.  

 

There were so many highlights throughout which included the enthusiastic showing of the Hungarian women, providing inspiration to aspiring female athletes in other nations with their songs and chants supporting all the teams.  

 

The arrival of Russia and en route to winning the Men’s B-Pool Gold medal which demonstrated their remarkable progress over the seven day period as they adapted their skills to the sport of ball hockey and we look forward to welcoming the women at the next championships.  

 

The overall strength of the Czech teams at every level as a corner stone nation of the sport. Capturing silver in Men, Women and Masters, the world renowned Czechs did not disappoint and are certain to challenge for the foreseeable future at WBHF championships. 

 

Any ball hockey recap must include the high flying United States of America and no matter what the score, they are always in the game led by the sports current greatest player, Bobby Housser who led by playing centre or defence for his team.  What a show the cardiac kids put on and they will be stronger at the next World Championships and in contention for gold.

 

The three finals were of outstanding caliber, drama and excitement. The Masters champion Czecho-slovakia required a late goal to avert overtime and claim Gold.  

 

The Canadian women fell behind early and were struggling with the Czech defence and goaltending for a long stretch of the game, however their steady persistence eventually grinded out a 4-1 win, for a third consecutive gold medal.

 

Men’s Team Canada had used their speed to go undefeated in the round robin portion of the tournament with wins over Slovakia, Russia and Czech Republic.

Canada’s 3-0 round robin record was of little surprise as both Slovakia and Russia were dispatched with little effort. Their most physical contest was against the home favorites, Czech Republic in front of a hostile 2500 fans.  This tough back and forth game took an early third period goal to give the Canucks a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish towards the 5-3 victory.

The momentum and confidence they gained from this point on would carry them through the rest of the tournament, as they overpowered Hungary in the quarter finals with a barrage of goals and half way through the game began to set its sights on the winner of the Slovakia/USA winner.

The most challenging game Team Canada would play was the semi-final against the United States of America due to their style of play and if there was a team that could run with Canada, it would be the US.   The team was well aware of the vaunted offence they were facing and a good start and team defense would be crucial in this match up.   The team shocked the US with a goal in the first minute opening up a four goal lead by the twelve minute mark and 8-2 lead after two periods.   If you have ever played against a John Stamas led team, you would know this game was far from over and sure enough the US battled back to within four goals in the first six minutes of the third period.  

Having struggled with this opponent on several occasions, head coach Mauro Cugini, employed a defensive system that would engage a 5on5 system using their team speed and asked the defence to push the ball up the floor in attempts to play the game in the US zone.  The team responded using their speed and tremendous ball sense to take control of the game from the defensive side of the ball.   

The Four Horseman (defenceman) helped to orchestrate a dissection of the trap and opened up Canada’s offense to take command of the game.  The 9-5 final score was certainly not reflective of the scoring chances and goaltender, David Di Gironimo was called on to hold off the US.

 

The Rematch – Championship Final

Canada v Czech Republic II

The biggest fear in playing a strong European team is the notoriously strong defensive play they employ if they score first and Canada found themselves down 2-0 late in the second period.   

The story was starting to sound the same, Canada dominates throughout the tournament but cannot score in the big game. 

The 2-0 score certainly seemed like history was repeating itself. However, with the confidence the Canadians had in their stalwart goaltender Paul Zarnett, they upped the tempo in the second and third period, lead once again by The Four Horsemen who continued to push the pace.

Until the middle of the second period the Czech Republic was controlling the tempo with their suffocating trap and the brilliant netminding and this approach kept the Canadians close but trailing through the entire match until the final minute in the second period where they would score their first goal of the final on a goal mouth scramble.

All the lines that the coach had been patient with all week finally began meshing nicely together and the zone play changed and goals followed suit. Nicolas Parker would tie the game after a full minute of pressure and forechecking keeping the Czechs hemmed in their zone.

The Goal: JP Harvey and Marcel Lafortune tandem flourished all week with their 200 foot game and would be key in the game winning goal.  With under two minutes to play and score tied Dylan Churchwell took the ball up the right wing and dumped the ball in the rugged wingers corner with Lafortune covering the point.   He charged into the corner and with a defender on his hip, faked sending the ball up the boards to Lafortune and spun towards the net hitting a breaking Jesse Churchwell in the slot who put the ball in the top of the net in one motion. 

The final result… a 3-2 victory of the Czechs and a spectacle that produced standing ovations from the 4,000 strong Czech fans.

The scariest part of Team Canada’s performance at WC’17 was that this team was supposedly in a rebuilding mode after not returning many veterans from the 2015 tournament.  

The Team Canada braintrust was faced with the task of adding several new players to the team for 2017, with many of them in their early twenties. The coaching staff did a great job in having the team peak at the right time, while the support staff, Amanda and Rick Spence were instrumental in keeping the players healthy, cool, and properly hydrated.

The emergence of stronger European nations competing in the WBHF WC are part of the maturation of the association.  The WBHF’s clear path has been defined to lead the way in international competitions. In addition to this 5vs5 WC, the WBHF has also held two 3vs3 and will launch the first ever 4vs4 WC in 2019.

Canada remains the only multiple gold medal winner and looks forward to the next Championship.

 

Final Thoughts from Jesse Churchwell…..“From watching our women's team start the party, our staff keeping us upright to play the game, the pregame speech from our leader Mauro, the captains in game composure never wavering, believing we had what it took to make this happen, to all the unselfish plays from the boys who left it all on the floor to get the W and a little bit of "ole, ole" to get us going.” 

 

He continued, “I can say without a doubt that the winning goal was a culmination of everyone's hard work.”

 

“Last but not least, our national anthem... no words left to express that moment on the blue line hearing us, Women's Team Canada and our die hard fans singing O Canada”

 

Here’s to the 2017 WBHF champs!

Congratulations go out to all of the teams who participated.

 

 

#wbhf2017litomerice #BeTheStandard #WeAreTeamCanada

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 22:41

NBHAC & Bauer Partner To Grow The Game

The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) announced today they are have entered into a partnership with Bauer, the world’s leading manufacturer of hockey equipment has been named the exclusive ball supplier to the NBHAC.

            

Through this agreement, Bauer will provide all members of the NBHAC the opportunity to purchase the XD Ball for league and provincial championship use.   Further, the members may purchase Bauer ball hockey equipment and sticks, gloves and helmets.  For the NBHAC, this strategic partnership provides its players with the world’s most innovative product to ensure athletes can perform at their best throughout their ball, street and ice hockey years.

 

Ken Cashman, “Bauer is excited to partner with the NBHAC to showcase our ball hockey products and assist them in their efforts to expand participation and exposure of the sport of ball hockey in Canada.  These organizations have a long and successful history in the sport and this agreement represents another significant step forward in Bauer’s continued commitment and growth in the ball hockey market.”    

 

The NBHAC enjoys a long association with the sport of ball hockey formed by a relatively small group of ball hockey enthusiasts the NBHAC.  The NBHAC is a registered non-profit organization officially recognized as the governing body of the sport and members of the World Ball hockey Federation.

 

“We’re excited about this new opportunity that offers growth for our company as well as the chance to showcase our innovative products in Ball and Dek hockey with the National Ball Hockey Association (NBHAC)” said Stephen Dockerty, High Performance Director.  

 

“This agreement is a significant step forward for our new but growing brand of the Bauer XD Hockey Ball as well as the player and goalie equipment.  The NBHAC has over 90 leagues and our program provides consistent branding to its partners and to both youth programs and the most elite level teams in the NBHAC and around the world."

 

A few players who are alumni of the sport of ball hockey, Taylor Hall (Kingston and Belleville Minor), Dougie Hamilton (North York Minor), Geraldine Heaney (Toronto Women’s), Angela James (Toronto Women’s), Connor McDavid (Newmarket Minor), Corey Perry (London Mens), Brad Richardson (Belleville Minor), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener-Waterloo Minor), Tyler Seguin (North York Minor), Andrew Shaw (Belleville Minor), Wayne Simmonds (Durham Mens),  Natalie Spooner (Oshawa Minor), Joe Thornton (Lambeth Mens), Tyler Toffoli (Ottawa-Carleton Mens), Jennifer Wakefield (Oshawa Minor), Tara Watchhorn (Oshawa Minor) and Steve Yzerman (Ottawa-Carleton Mens).

 

In June of 2017, forty-four men, women and staff will depart for the Czech Republic to compete at the World Men's & Women's Ball Hockey Federation Championships.

We are hoping individuals can donate $20.00 between March 1 and April 30 towards our goal of $60,000 for both teams.  

Team Canada Ball Hockey Club travels every two years to compete at an international level in the hopes to bring back a gold medal.  We hope in 2017 to be in the running for the gold medal.  In their journey they will work with teammates, gain new friendships and a lifetime of memories as the Team Canada program has built the best possible team and now look for the support of the wonderful players, families and administrators across the country.

We would be extremely grateful if you could donate to aid us in our quest to win the World Championship. Your contributions in support of this exciting endeavor will help make this once in a lifetime opportunity for these athletes possible. 

Please take the time to donate using the link 
https://www.gofundme.com/iixezg 

If you wish to make a sponsorship donation to the team, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and address Stephen Dockerty.

Any donation helps, but more importantly we are looking for support. Donate, Follow us, Support us.

Facebook – National Ball Hockey of Canada
https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Ball-Hockey-Association-of-Canada-NBHAC/175846569268413?ref=bookmarks

Twitter - @nbhac
Instagram - @nbhac

#wbhf17czechrepublic #wethegame #weareCANADA

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Sunday, 29 January 2017 16:16

CanAm Youth Ball Hockey Announcement

The 2017 CanAm Youth Ball Hockey Championships will be played in Brampton, Ontario the weekend of July 27-30, 2017.  

The tournament will take place at venues at Century Gardens and updates on competing teams will be provided as teams and the event will guarantee four games for all the teams at a cost of $800. 

Below is a link for all the tournament information 

http://www.weareballhockey.com/leagues/98-2017-canam-youth-ball-hockey-championships.html

Every team will be guaranteed 4 games with two 18 minute stop time periods and every player and coach will receive a commemorative tournament t-shirt (25 per team)

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2017 (submit registration and registration fee is due May 1, 2017) 

The schedule of games will be posted by June 15, but anticipate to play one game Thursday evening, two games Friday and the last round robin game Saturday morning.   The elimination round will commence Saturday evening.   

Tournament Format

Thursday afternoon/evening – Game #1

Friday morning – Game #2

Friday afternoon – Game #3

Saturday morning – Game 4

Saturday afternoon – Game #5 (AA or A Semi Final)

Sunday morning – Championship (AA & A Games)

 

The teams are permitted to register a maximum of any 22 players (2 goalies and 20 runners)

 

Thank you

 

Sunday, 29 January 2017 16:11

Canada Cup of Ball Hockey Announcement

The 2017 National Ball Hockey Association of Canada Men’s Tier II, Tier III, Tier IV Canada Cup of Ball Hockey National Championships will be played in Halifax, Nova Scotia the weekend of July 20-23, 2017.  

The tournament will take place at venues in Dartmouth and updates on competing teams will be provided as teams and the event will guarantee four games for all the teams at a cost of $900. 

The schedule of games will be posted by June 15, but anticipate to play one game Thursday evening, two games Friday and the last round robin game Saturday morning.   The elimination round will commence Saturday evening.   

Tournament Format

Thursday afternoon/evening – Game #1 (around 3 pm)

Friday morning – Game #2

Friday afternoon – Game #3

Saturday morning – Game 4

Saturday afternoon – Game #5 (Elimination, Quarter or Semi Final)

Sunday morning/afternoon – Semi Final & Championship (around 3 pm)

 

For more information, please contact the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and host hotel information after March 15 to the competing teams.

The deadline to register is May 31st

 

Friday, 30 December 2016 17:24

Happy New Year

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:47

2017 Canada Cup of Ball Hockey Events

The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada is pleased to announce the 2017 events and will look forward to working with the hosts and teams to make it the best events and all of the events will guarantee four preliminary round games.

 

If you are a ball hockey member and this tournament is of interest, contact your local ball hockey association or league to find out more information on their participating teams as registration information will be prepared for distribution in early January.

 

 

Men's National B, C & D – Halifax, NS - July 20-23

 

Men’s National Men's – Montreal, Que – July 25-29

 

Men’s National Woman's A & B – Montreal, Que – July 25-29

 

Master’s National – Montreal, Que – July 25-29 

 

Junior Nationals (U15, U17 & U19) - Brampton, Ontario – July 27-30

 

 

For junior Nationals, this is one of the main scouting sessions for the 2018 Junior Team Canada staff who will be onsite throughout the championships. 

 

In some leagues, the teams are selected the year prior while in other Provinces there are tryouts and player selections months prior to the tournament.

 

If you are a ball hockey member and this tournament is of interest, contact your local ball hockey association or league to find out more information on their participating teams.

 

For more information, please contact the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:39

Montreal Hosts World 3v3 BHF Championships

 

The World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) hosted the 3v3 Championships in Montreal.  It was an event hosted by organized by the Coupe Burrows.

 

The tournament hosted 14 men’s, 6 women’s and 5 master’s teams which would further be separated after the preliminary round games.

 

The competition's profile is particularly high in Canada, specifically Quebec; its stature has been credited to Canada's strong performance in the tournament.  The role of hockey in Canadian culture in any form along with strong media coverage and fan attendance. 

 

We take this opportunity to congratulate all the medallists and thank each of the delegation of having to participate in this historic event presented by Coupe Burrows at Complexe JC Perreault

 

The championship brought together over 350 players and 25 teams representatives 16 countries and the medal winners:

Men’s (Pool A)
Gold Medal: Quebec
Silver Medal: Canada
Bronze Medal: Italy

Woman’s 
Gold Medal: Canada
Silver Medal: Quebec
Bronze Medal: Ireland

Master
Gold Medal: Quebec
Silver Medal: Slovakie
Bronze Medal: Canada

For more info: http://www.wbhfc2016.com

 

Thursday, 08 September 2016 20:23

WORLD 3vs3 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

WORLD 3vs3 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

 

The ball hockey world will convene on Montreal from September 20-24 for the World 3vs3 Ball Hockey Federation Championships.  Today, the WBHF has released the official schedule http://wbhfc2016.com/pdf/2016_Schedule.pdf

 

The tournament will host 91 games in the three divisions, Men, Woman and Masters that will have 16 countries represented.

 

We encourage everyone to attend and watch the best players in the world in their chase for gold!

 

 

Tickets for the event can be purchased online now:  http://www.complexejcperreault.com/sport-evenement.asp

 

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