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Thursday, 21 January 2016 21:46

China To Host The 2017 World Championships

Ball Hockey history will once again be rewritten as the 2017 World Ball Hockey Federation Championships will be hosted in Yichun, China.

The city of Yichun lies in the North China province of Heilongjiang. The representatives of China Street & Ball Hockey Xiang Hanping and Yang Zhang have met the World Ball Hockey Federation mandate and will make this first World Championship in street & ball hockey on the Asian continent historical.

The tournament will be hosted in June (the exact date will be posted after the visit of the leadership group in Beijing WBHF) and will offer the Men, Women and Masters divisions.  The MS hopes to have at least 16 countries participating and the event will have a huge media support of State television and many other local and provincial media CCTV5.  Xiang Hanping commented, "As everyone knows, China, is very beautiful and this event will allow us to show the world of ball hockey our wonderful city and country.”

We hope that the athletes and many guests will also visit our capital city Beijing and visit the great wall, the forbidden city and other historical gems of our country by choice "-said Yang Zhang Advisor WBHF for China.

 

 

#wbhf2017yichun

Monday, 11 January 2016 21:56

Luca Caputi Moves On From Playing Career

Photos are personal property and have been submitted for the story

Coaching Luca Caputi knew he wanted to be a coach one day and he is currently an assistant coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League.

He started playing ball hockey in the OBHA in the Vaughan Minor program and went on to win a Provincial Championship with the Vaughan Top Guns. 
 
In 2006, he was selected to Junior Team Canada (JTC) where he was the youngest member on the team. He took a few years off the sport of ball hockey after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins and later Toronto Maple Leafs and spent a few years playing in Europe.
 
He returned to ball hockey in 2012 and was selected to the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada's (NBHAC) Men's Team Canada where he was a top scorer and the team went on to win the World Ball Hockey Federation Gold medals.
 
 
 
Below is a story that recently appeared on the Greater Toronto Hockey League website regarding his new position with the Guelph Storm.
 
Breakout Star of the Week: Luca Caputi 
By Nicholas Carafa
Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images
 
As the current Toronto Jr. Canadiens surge in the rankings for the 2016 OHL Cup, one of their graduates is overcoming the challenges of being a first-year coach in junior hockey. 

Luca Caputi last donned the JRC red, white and blue in 2003-04 when he posted a 107-point season before being selected 37th overall by the Mississauga Steelheads in the 2004 OHL draft.

Three years later he was a fourth-round pick (111th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in a total of 35 NHL games with the Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs and saw action in over 200 contests in the AHL. After two seasons overseas, nagging injuries and limited professional opportunities led Caputi to join the Guelph Storm as an assistant coach for the 2015-16 season.
 
Caputi said the decision to move behind the bench wasn't easy, but was the best move for him and his family - and something he always imagined for his post-playing days.
 
"I saw myself being a coach later on," Caputi told the Guelph Mercury in August. "I used to write down drills that I thought I would bring as a coach and quotes from coaches. I've always been a student of the game, writing things down. 
 
“I always found him mature beyond his years," said Mike Kelly, vice president and general manager of the Storm. “He knows that there's work to be done. He's bright and he's inquisitive ... one of those guys that struck me potentially as a good coach even when he was 18 years old.” 
 
Caputi’s debut season behind the bench hasn’t gone as planned – the Storm hold a 6-29-3 record and sit in last place in the OHL standings. 
 
“There’s obviously going to be stuff I’m going to learn along the way and there’s going to be a learning curve," Caputi told GuelphStorm.com. "I’m ready to put my full effort into it and hopefully become a good coach."
 
“I have really good guys above me in [assistant coach Todd Harvey] and [head coach Bill Stewart] and it’s been fun working with these guys every day and trying to make [our players] better people and hockey players.” 
 
The chance to bring on a top draft pick this spring is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Storm, who are just two years removed from an OHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup final.
 
One can’t help but wonder if Caputi’s GTHL roots will lead the Storm to pick Jr. Canadiens captain Ryan Merkley with their first-round selection. Projected to be one of the top picks in April, Merkley is a smooth-skating defenceman similar to Matt Finn, who captained the Storm from 2012-14.
 
A harsh reality that comes with so much investment in the game of hockey – or any sport, for that matter – is that everyone’s competitive playing days will eventually reach their end. Since a decades-long NHL career doesn’t await every junior hockey player, stories like Caputi’s serve to highlight other paths.
 
Having a younger voice behind the bench, a voice that players can relate to and use for guidance, is a story that doesn’t need stat lines. It’s one that voices reassurance.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 20:52

Russia Excited About Ball Hockey

Interview with Khamid Yunusov, Vice President of WBHF- "Russia want to achieve the highest top plate in the Ball hockey."

 

Are you satisfied with performances "ZBORNAJA KAMANDA" at World Championship 3vs3 in Bratislava?

We were very satisfied.  Russia won two bronze medals (EC, WC) and the team showed that they prepared for the championship. Our managers Mr. Kocherin and Mr. Markidan put together an excellent team. Our goalkeeper Kapitulin was named to the all star team.  In the sport of ball hockey our goal is to reach the top and there are many possibilities in Russia.

 

What are the future plans?

In 2016, our focus is on the Junior World Championships in Prague and Seniors World Championships 3vs3 in Montreal.  The WC event in Bratislava has created very good feedback in Russia so it will be easy to create teams for all WBHF events. There are lots of ball hockey players in Russia.

 

You lost the battle with Montreal to organize the World Championship 3vs3 2016. Do you still interested in organize the WC?

Montreal had a much better presentation than Moscow and we can learn so much from this host organization.  We will turn our focus to organize a World Championship 3vs3 2017 and the Junior World Championships in 2018.   These events will allow the opportunity to promote this wonderful sport on the largest country in the world. 

 

What are the candidate cities?

We have had many cities as Moscow, Kazan, Sochi and Nalchik show interest in hosting.  We'll see which city makes the best offer and convince the WBHF management as the WBHF delegate will travel to Russia in April 2016 to decide on the final candidature.

Monday, 14 December 2015 22:12

NBHAC Member Shines in Net vs JTC

NBHAC Member Shines in the Net versus Junior Team Canada

TORONTO (From CIS web site with files from Hockeycanada.ca) – Defenceman Spencer Abraham from Queen's University scored the shootout winner and had two assists in regulation to lead the CIS men's hockey all-stars to a 5-4 victory over Canada's National Junior Team prospects in the first leg of a two-game series at the MasterCard Centre, Saturday night.

Forwards Eric Locke of StFX, with two, and Alex Saulnier of Moncton and Olivier Hinse of Concordia with one apiece scored in regulation as Team CIS overcame an early 2-0 deficit before relinquishing 3-2 and 4-3 leads of its own later in the contest.

The all-AUS line of Locke (2-1-3), Saulnier (1-2-3) and Stephen MacAulay of Saint Mary's (0-1-1) ended up with seven points.

Queen's goaltender Kevin Bailie was outstanding in the win with a 40-save performance as Team Canada finished with a 44-32 advantage in shots on goal.

"It's pretty rare for a defenceman to be called upon in a shootout but I think I'm 4-for-4 now in my career," said Abraham, a native of Campbellville, Ont., who played for Brampton and Erie in the OHL before being named the CIS rookie of the year in 2014-15. "I went to my go-to move, a nice toe-drag, and pretty much had an open net."

Abraham lifted a backhand past Mason McDonald (Charlottetown, QMJHL) to give Team CIS the win.

"Our goal coming into the series was to win both games, so it was a solid start for us tonight," said Team CIS head coach Shawn Camp from the University of Guelph. "We battled hard on every loose puck and we managed the puck really well. We gave ourselves a chance to win in the shootout and we're pretty please right now. Very happy with the overall effort."

Team Canada got goals from Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw, OHL), Travis Dermott (Erie, OHL), Julien Gauthier (Val-d'Or, QMJHL) and Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan, QMJHL). Gauthier also added a pair of assists.

The junior squad got on the board first, 9:21 into the opening period, when Stephens flipped in a backhand from the low slot.

Dermott doubled the Canadian lead at the 12:35 mark, but moments later Locke and Hinse replied with a pair of goals a mere 15 seconds apart to even things up 2-2 heading into the first intermission.

Team CIS took the lead late in the middle period; Saulnier took a centering pass from the side boards and beat McDonald high from the slot.

Two minutes later Gauthier tipped in Sanheim's point shot to make it 3-3.

Locke finished off a passing play on the man-advantage to pick up his second goal of the game, 7:22 into the third, but Beauvillier brought Canada even with less than three to play in regulation.

The story of the game was special teams. Team Canada drew the first three penalties of the evening, converting on two of those chances. But its own lack of discipline led to the CIS' go-ahead goal in the third, and nearly cost the team in overtime, when Team CIS started the extra period on the power play.

The extra space afforded from playing four-on-three on the international-size ice brought quality scoring chances, but both teams' shot blockers and goalies were up to the task.

Game two on Sunday afternoon saw Junior Team Canada win 5-0.

 
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 01:30

Canada awarded 2016 3vs3 WBH Championship

The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) has been awarded the 3vs3 World Championships announced by WBHF Executive Vice-President, Jaroslav Melisek.   The NBHAC will host the tournament in Quebec and under leaders of the 3vs3 version of the sport, Coupe Burrows Cup and their administrators, Simon LeBlanc and Patric Ducharme.

The World Ball Hockey Federation 3vs3 Championships will be hosted September 20-24, 2016. 

Simon LeBlanc, ‘we are very proud of the selection as we knew the city of Moscow, Russia, was also a legitimate contender but in the end, our capability and experience to organise big ball hockey events (Coupe Burrows Cup and Burrows Cup Classics) as well as the quality of our venues in Quebec were decisive.’

In his interview, Mr. Melisek mentioned that he considers the Coupe Burrows Cup to be the best ball hockey organization in the world for the 3vs3 game.  Patric Ducharme, ‘it is very flattering to be selected, but we have very high expectations of our own events and will make sure we meet all of the expectations. We feel like we have the leverage to make this event memorable for all its participants and fan base. This event will draw media attention and will be great step forward to promote ball hockey, especially in its 3vs3 format, not only here in the great Montreal area but everywhere in the world.’

 

Canada has hosted international events in 2001, 2008 and 2013 at the 5vs5 version for the sport and this will be the first time that Canada will host delegations from the Czech Republic, Russia, Northern Ireland and Slovakia, all participants from the first WBHF 3vs3 event in Bratislava, Slovakia. These nations will be joined by other nations such as Greece, India, Italy, Portugal, United States of America, Italy, Portugal and more should be well represented and will offer a great challenge to Team Canada, the defending 3vs3 champions.

The event is planning to host a total of 30 teams in both Men’s and Women’s divisions as well as Master’s O40 (born in 1976 or earlier) for both men and women.  Therefore, it should be the biggest world ball hockey championship yet to be organized.

Domenic Di Gironimo, President of the WBHF, ‘to the players around the world who love this sport I encourage you to participate as this event will be spectacular with the Coupe Burrows Cup overseeing the tournament.’ 

A press conference will be organized shortly where all details surrounding the WC2016 will be revealed.  A special thank you to Nolan and Shark media & sport for the development of the 3vs3 WC2016 logo.

We wish to thank all the players and partners that have supported the Coupe Burrows Cup since its inception in 2011.  This promises to be a wonderful event for all involved and feel this is a historical nomination which belongs to everyone that is part of the 3vs3.

We look forward to welcoming the World to Montreal in 2016!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:24

CANADA – WORLD 4 X 4 CHAMPIONS

Ball or Dek Hockey has different variations of the sport in 4 + 1, 5 + 1 and the recently competed 4 +1 (4 on 4) version that is played throughout Europe, Asia and Canada (dek hockey). The 4 on 4 version is Europe and Asia is growing due to the ease of comprising rosters which generally consist of 12-16 players and the game is played on a smaller surface.

In Canada and specifically Quebec, the 4 on 4 version is played in numerous communities hosting leagues and tournaments. There is a passion for dek hockey in Quebec and Team Canada was lead by captain, Patric Ducharme and Simon LeBlanc, Coupe Burrows and General Manager, Daniel De Angelis, DDA Sports Marketing to comprise the team.

The World Ball Hockey Federation 4 x 4 Championships were hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia, the home to the Stastny Brothers, November 18 to 22 and Canada was recognized by everyone in attendance for their quality and execution of play and for his exemplary attitude for the sport and opposition.

 

 

The General Manager, Daniel De Angelis, took the challenge to put together a team which would have all the characteristics for a championship team. With the help of the leaders of the Burrows Cup, Patrick Ducharme and Simon Leblanc, they began the project last May, setting up the formation of the Canadian team made up of players from the dek hockey community.

They achieved their target goal. In addition to winning all eight games they drew the attention of other countries for their quality of execution and exemplary attitude.

"We are masters of our sport and caliber, but we did not know what to expect. But it was very nice, everyone stayed focused. We had many comment and Team Russia among others came to us to thank us for having taught them things, De Angelis commented yesterday after its 10-2 victory troops against the host club in the final.

"We build the team with key emphasis of teamwork, respect and strength."

Despite appearances, the opposition was raised their game. "The game was fast, the opposition was prepared. We had to work as a team to win and we were well supported, stated the MVP of the tournament, Steve Proulx. Many of us had never been to Europe and had to adapt. The victory will remain my fondest memory. "

"The Slovakian team was big, tall and strong but has played mostly five against five on the bug rink and the Russian team consisted mostly ice hockey players from the second and third divisions but they played with speed and power, "said De Angelis.

It was a difficult time as our team arrived following the terrorist attacks in Paris and we quickly noticed some changes.

"Security was tightened at the airport and saw the entire solidarity with the French. In Slovakia, there were flowers everywhere outside the embassy, "said De Angelis.

Yannick Labonte who scored a hat trick in the World Cup final commented, "here in Slovakia, tournaments are more festive and it has been welcomed. There would have been more than 35,000 viewings on the internet for our semi-final against the Czech Republic on Saturday, said the author of a round the final cap.”

The holding of this World Championship has been successful, its promoters could recur in 2016. It is quite possible that everything takes place in the Canada and in the Belle Province, a sign that the dek hockey is growing.

"Dek Hockey is a beautiful sport that is booming" said De Angelis.

Canada has won the inaugural World 4 x 4 Championship and with the vision of Patric Ducharme, Simon LeBlanc and Daniel De Angelis the sport will grow in Quebec and throughout Canada.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 04 October 2014 00:09

2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) is pleased to announce the National Championships will be hosted in Brampton, August 11-15, 2015 and for the first time in the sports history award cash prize awards.

For the Men’s Division: $20,000 Cash Prizing along with commemorative Canada Cup and Championship Hats & Jackets (in the team color after the tournament)

For the Women’s Division: $12,000 Cash Prizing along with commemorative Canada Cup and Championship Caps & Jackets (in the team color after the tournament)

We are accepting 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams for each tournament.

The entry fee for the tournament is $2000 with four game guarantee in the preliminary round games which will consist of two twenty-minute stop time periods. The men’s division will have 8 teams advance to the quarter finals and women’s division 6 teams advancing to the quarter finals with two teams receiving a bye to the semi finals.

How you can get your team registered, we require interested teams to email the NBHAC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the following information so we can get the teams the information which will include invitation, tournament rules & regulations, those interested must send an email to request the tournament information, but request when sending an email the information below is included:

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The teams are permitted to register a maximum of any 25 players (2 goalies and 23 runners) Teams that qualified in advance via their provincial associations have already had their information forwarded to the NBHAC. In addition to the National Championships, we will be featuring Boys and Girls U16 & U18 exhibition games on Championship Day. Any team wishing to compete for this season's National Championship Canada Cup is welcome to do so by registering a team before May 15. Do you have what it takes to be the best? Only one way to find out

Friday, 03 October 2014 00:44

HONORING THE SPORT HISTORY

The retiring of a number for an athlete is an honor an association bestows upon a player after the players retires from the sport and today we are retiring the numbers for three players who all played for numerous years and were among the best players of all time, Terry Griffith, James Mentis and Robert Mentis and their numbers will not be worn by anyone competing internationally for Canada.

Today, we not only honor the three individuals, but the founding members of the Midnight Express, Terry Griffith along with James and Bobby Mentis and they were the life blood of the team from its inception and their first National Championship in 1996 and are the first three individuals to have their numbers retired by the association.

Once a number is retired, no future player from the team may wear that number on their uniform, unless the player so-honored permits it. Such an honor of having a players number retired are often referred to as "hanging from the rafters" and these three numbers will now and forever be honored.

#97 - Terry Griffith

When approached in the mid nineties by the Mentis Brothers from his team in Mississauga to start the Express, the game of ball hockey -- especially in Ontario -- was forever changed.

To many, Griffith was the sport of hockey. His arrival to the Express brought instant credibility and notoriety to the franchise. He was a leader and the crowds would follow and it became the norm at whatever arena

they played at to watch this monster of a man control the tempo of the game by either leading an end-to-end rush to sitting back and slowing the game down. A ticket to an Express game to see Griffiths was a must.

He was also selected to Team Canada in 2001, but unfortunately due to an accident was never able to play for the team, but since retiring as a player, Griffith returned to coach the Express and put together one of the greatest teams in the 2011 version which demolished all opponents enroute to the teams championship.

#95 - James ‘Chicky’ Mentis

He is one of the most popular and respected players in the history of the sport by his teammates and opponents. Respect is earned and game in and game out he continued to earn the respect and never took anything for granted.

Chicky’s accomplishments with the Express and Team Canada are

unmatched with the number of championships. It is Mentis’s true and genuine passion for the game -- and for the fans of the game in particular – that has helped elevate him into a unique grouping of athletes in the sport.

To call Mentis "The Greatest” may be an understatement. His many records and accomplishments are legendary. But the fact that he played at the World Championships as a forty-nine year old youngster and that his name is synonymous with the sport of ball hockey might not be superseded by any other athlete ever in the sport.

#27 - Robert ‘Bobby’ Mentis

No player in the history of the Express ever wore the uniform with more distinction and class than Robert Mentis. For 18 seasons, Mentis gave his all, both on and off the floor, receiving numerous individual awards, all star selections for his outstanding tournament play and leading the teams to provincial and national championships and in 2001 being selected to Team Canada.

From his first days on the floor and rising through the Midas Top Gun system it was his grit and work ethic that had him rise above the other players. His skill was second to none and quite simply he was the best left winger the sport of ball hockey has ever with his prolific scoring touch, on-floor determination and will to win was unrivaled.

In the summer of 2013, he returned to the National program as an assistant coach to teach, guide and share his knowledge with the next generation, the consummate professional in assisting wherever he was required and showing his leadership.

The three were consummate gentlemen both in and outside the sport of ball hockey. They were

fierce competitors in the game of ball hockey and it didn't matter if it was at the League, Provincials, Nationals or Worlds. They won.

They set the standard by which all players will be measured. For them their legacy will now be honored forever.

#27, #95, #97 mercied 

Thursday, 11 September 2014 22:35

2014 WORLD JR. AWARDS

The World Ball Hockey Federation handed out its hardware at the conclusion of the 2014 Junior World Championships and award winners are listed below:

U18 AWARD WINNERS

U18 All-stars:

Goalie - Michele Masucci (CAN)
Defence - Michal Stenchlak (SVK) & Derrick Wong (CAN)
Forwards - Benoit Chin (CAN), Miroslav Miko (SVK) & Istvan Szucs (HUN)

Most valuable goalie - Ruan Badenhorst (CAN)
Most valuable defenceman - Michal Stenchlak (SVK)
Most valuable forward - Christian Petrozza (CAN)

Top scorer-Benoit Chin (CAN) 4G 12A
Tournament MVP-Jack Scanlon (CAN)

U20 AWARD WINNERS

U20 All-stars:

Goalie - Matthew Hall (CAN)
Defence - Aadil Kadva (IND) & Hayden Cole (CAN)
Forwards - Keith Barnaby (USA), Andrej Bencat (SVK) & Martin Sagi (HUN)

Most valuable goalie - Tyler Crawford (USA)
Most valuable defence - Hayden Cole (CAN)
Most valuable forward - Keith Barnaby (USA)

Top Scorer - JR Lapointe (USA) 11G 5A
Tournament MVP - Justin Maiolino (CAN)

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 22:08

ONTARIO GOLDEN IN BRAMPTON

Ontario teams went three for three as it swept the gold podium on Sunday in Brampton. Ontario hasn’t lost at the U15 or U17 divisions of play since the inception of those divisions and continued its dominance at the U19 division.

On Sunday, August 4 before a capacity crowd at Century Gardens the sweep was complete. In the first championship game, the powerfully offensive Brampton Jr Express played the defensively sound Penetang Blazers. The Blazers defensive game plan to out number the opposition in every zone on the floor would prove to frustrate and keep the high flying offense of the Express at bay. The game would not be decided until the three minutes of play on a goal by Brandon Neumann as he would cross the blue line and let a wrist shot go at the top of the slot. The Blazers would put pressure on the Express net in the final minute, but Brandon Landry held the team off and captured the championship 1-0.

The U17 championship was decided between the Belleville Bulls and New Tecumeth Xtreme and what a show these two teams put on. It was end to end action throughout and decided in overtime. The Xtreme would lead after the first on goals by two defenceman, Danny Fillatre and Maurizio Colella only to have the Bulls storm back in the second on goals by Quinn Syrydiuk and Brody Morris.

The game would remain tied until midway into the first overtime as Keegan Leal would let a wrist shot go from the left face off circle which would find the back of the net ending the highly entertaining game ending 3-2 in overtime.

The U19 championship would see two familiar foes battle for the championship as the New Tecumseth Xtreme would face the Penetang Blazers in the final.

This was an exciting game with both goaltenders thwarted the opposition keeping the game close and the second overtime game for the afternoon would end twenty seconds in and the Blazers would capture the championship with a 2-1 victory.

The Xtreme would score first in the initial period and carry that lead until half way through the second and then the goalies put on a show as the teams would not be able to capitalize for the reminder of the game as both goaltenders would make some incredible saves keeping the game tied and into overtime.

 For a complete list of game results and statistics visit www.nationalballhockeyassociation.com or www.ballhockey.net.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year and more great ball hockey action.

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