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Thursday, 08 September 2016 20:23




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


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:


Saturday, 23 April 2016 14:33

Taking Their Ball and Going to Prague

William Calverley and Jason Pineo will trade in their skates for shoes this summer and represent Canada at the 2016 World Ball Hockey Federation Junior World Championships

Courtesy of Hockey Canada web site

David Brien

April 21, 2016


With summer just around the corner, Canada’s game will soon head outdoors – if it hasn’t already – with street hockey taking over roads from coast to coast to coast in an annual Canadian hockey tradition.

But for William Calverley and Jason Pineo, their games won’t be stopped by someone yelling “Car!”

The North York Rangers teammates, who are competing for a national championship this week at the 2016 TELUS Cup, will take their talents onto the international stage for a second time this summer, competing for Canada’s under-18 team at the World Ball Hockey Federation Junior World Championships.

They’ll have a few months to recover from a long playoff run with the Rangers, and the thrill of going for gold in Quispamsis, N.B., before the ball drops June 26 in Prague, Czech Republic.

“I’m very excited for the worlds,” Calverley says. “I heard Prague is one of the nicest places in the world, so I’m really looking forward to being out there and seeing what it’s all about.”

Ball hockey teammates since they were 10 years old, the duo are no strangers to the international game, with a WBHF world title already in their possession; they were part of Canada’s U18 contingent two years ago as 15-year-olds, helping win a gold medal at the most recent worlds in Budapest, Hungary.

“It’s our second time around, and we’ll be looking to repeat,” Calverley says.

The road to Team Canada started innocently enough; Calverley and Pineo were scouted with their North York Lynx club team at the Ontario provincial championship in 2013, and invited to a Team Canada camp that summer.

The rest is history.

The ball hockey season is short, running from May to July, so it never overlaps with the on-ice season, and although Calverley and Pineo can rely on their ice hockey skills most of the time, there are a few ball-specific nuances.

“The major adjustment you have to make is that unlike in [ice] hockey you can’t just glide back,” Pineo says. “Obviously you’re always running, so I think that’s where it kind of separates a lot of teams. Conditioning is really big.

“In ball hockey there’s also a rule called the ‘floating blue-line,’ which means that once you enter the offensive zone, the blue-line becomes the red line. So you use your defencemen a lot more because there’s that much more room.”

Rule differences aside, their trip to Canada’s National Midget Championship with the Rangers has given Calverley and Pineo a unique opportunity to get ready for worlds, and both know the TELUS Cup experience will serve them well in Prague.

“I’m looking to work on my leadership [this week],” Calverley, the North York captain, says. “What we saw in the last worlds we went to, and that we’ll see again this week, is what it’s like to compete against top talent and knowing what it takes to win.

“I want to play in different situations at the TELUS Cup, so that I’m not as nervous when I wear the red and white.”

For his longtime friend, who also wears a letter on his jersey for the Central Region champions, the TELUS Cup is a place to learn valuable lessons about playing in a tournament like the one they’ll be thrust into in a few months.

“Going into [the TELUS Cup], just like in the worlds, you don’t really know who you’re playing because you’ve never faced them before,” Pineo says. “You might hear some stuff about the other teams, but you really don’t know what to expect. You can really just worry about your own team and what you can do, and do the best you can.”

So the next few months are a two-step process; the immediate goal is to become the second consecutive Ontario team to win the TELUS Cup, followed by a second world championship gold.

Seems easy enough, right? Especially with a little bit of confidence.

“My expectations for the worlds are pretty much the same as this week,” Pineo says of earning a pair of gold medals. “The main thing is just to have that winning mentality.”

Friday, 01 April 2016 21:12

The World 3vs3 Ball Hockey announcement

 The World 3vs3 Championship Ball Hockey Championships
are coming to Quebec in 2016!  

In December of 2015, the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) selected Canada to host the 2nd World 3vs3 Ball Hockey Championship to be hosted September 20 to 24 and presented by Coupe Burrows as the host organization.

On March 31 in Montreal the official press conference for this historic event as it will be the first time the World Championships will be held in Quebec.  The Deputy Prime Minister, Ms. Lise Thériault, attended and welcomed the event to the Greater Montreal area.

The Coupe Burrows joins the Complex JC Perreault in St-Roch-de-Bass for the organization of this international event, which will attract the delegations of about fifteen countries.  With facilities at the leading edge and a team of passionate people who believed in the project, all the ingredients are in place to make it a winning recipe. This event will be a hub for the development of ball hockey 3 vs 3 in the world.

This is excellent news for all the ball/dek hockey fans in Quebec who will have the chance to see the different countries who will fight for the title of world champion.  At present the Canada are the reigning champions in the men’s division and Slovakia in the women’s division which was held in Bratislava, Slov akia in 2015.   This event hopes to add Master’s (O40) division’s for both men’s and women’s divisions



Also, during the tournament, Coupe Burrows will be hosting the Classic Burrows Montcalm during September 23 to 25.  With the use of two internal surfaces which will be used for the World Championships, the four exterior surfaces of the dek hockey Montcalm will serve for the Classic tournament.  We expect no less than 150 teams for this Classic that will allow everyone to see the Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Slovakia, United States of America and Canada as host along with other nations.

 We will keep everyone updated in the coming months with news on the WBHF website and click news or the 3 on 3 website   or

This will still be in our image, a great ball hockey festival not to be missed!

#wbhf2016quebec #nbhac

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 19:57

Canada Cup of Ball Hockey

Canada Cup of Ball Hockey – Men’s Tier II, Tier III & Tier IV


The 2016 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 Moncton, New Brunswick the weekend of July 21-24, 2016.

The tournament will take place at venues in Moncton and updates on competing teams will be provided as teams prepare to face off against teams from across Canada. The event will guarantee four games for all the teams at a cost of $800.


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 they will forward entry forms and host hotel information to the competing teams.


Friday, 29 January 2016 21:21

2016 National Ball Hockey Championships

The 2016 National Ball Hockey Association of Canada Men’s and Women’s Hockey National Championships will be played in Brampton, Ontario the weekend of July 21-24, 2016.


The tournament will take place at Century Gardens and updates on competing teams will be provided as teams prepare to face off against teams from across North America. The event will guarantee four games for all the teams at a cost of $2000 as this is a cash prize tournament.


Men’s division

Women’s divisions


Entry Fee: $2000.00

Every team will be guaranteed 4 games

Two 20 minute stop time periods

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2016


The schedule of games will be posted by July 1, 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 25 players, but may dress 2 goalies and 20 runners.


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 they will forward entry forms and host hotel information to the competing teams.



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.




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 "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 – 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!

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