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Monday, 29 July 2013 22:03

TIER II & III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2013 National Ball Hockey Association of Canada Tier II and Tier III Canada Cup of Ball Hockey National Championships begin today in Halifax, Nova Scotia and run through Sunday when the Tier II and III National Champions will be crowned.

The tournament will take place at Shannon Arena.

The winners of the Tier II and Tier III National Championship will receive an invitation to attend the 2014 World Ball Hockey Federation Champions League tournament which will see club teams from around the world meet in Bratislava, Slovakia in September of next year.

To keep up to date with the scores in the Tier II division, please visit http://www.ballhockey.net/divisions/402-tier-ii.html

To keep up to date with the scores in the Tier III division, please visit http://www.ballhockey.net/divisions/403-tier-iii.html

Good luck to the competing teams.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:00

HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) is pleased to announce Stephen Dockerty from Beeton, ON as the NBHAC High Performance Director.

Stephen brings an incredible expertise to this position through his dedication to the sport as a player, official, volunteer, executive and leader. The NBHAC is very excited at the passion and leadership he brings for advancing the game and his incredible vision for the sport.

Stephen was one of the first executive members of the Beeton Ball Hockey League and is a father to four kids of which three maintain his passion at the local and provincial level of play. His leadership shines with every player he comes across as evident with his successes as a player winning the Master’s Provincial Championship, but his greatest strengths are in relating to people from as young as Learn To Play through to Junior at the local, provincial, national and international levels of competition.

Over the twelve years he has coached at the house league in addition to coaching competitively in eight Provincials winning gold at six of them, a Summer Games Championship at the Girls U18, three junior National events and as General Manager of the Junior Team Canada program winning seven gold, one silver and one bronze since 2008. He is a wonderful sounding board for his players and staff ensuring he assists in providing the extra time to keep the players and staff focused and always maintaining his leadership.

He is very passionate about the sport and about giving opportunities while creating safe and supportive environments for growth at the men’s, women’s and minor’s level of play. He will work with the five General Managers and Staffs to share his vision of the sport and will work with all members across the country to continue growing the game nationally and internationally.

Leadership comes from the top and there is no finer leader within the sport and we all look forwards to working with Mr. Stephen Dockerty

Thursday, 20 June 2013 01:38

2013 WBHF CHAMPIONSHIPS

June 13, 2013 -The 2013 World Ball Hockey Federation Championships wrapped up on Sunday at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens as Canada captured double gold on home soil in both divisions of play, Women’s with a 5-2 victory over the Netherlands and Men’s a 7-1 win over team Team USA.

The Women’s bronze was won by Team USA in double overtime over Great Britain and the men’s Great Britain team would win the bronze with a 5-2 victory over Portugal.
In the 48 games played throughout the seven days and the players, staffs and friends and families in attendance had a wonderful time watching in the historic Maple Leaf Gardens. The atmosphere of being in the heart of one of the biggest cities in the world and in the downtown core allowed many to visit the wonderful sites of the city which included the CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame as the community welcomed all the athletes to this world class city.

What a week it was with so many stories:

  • the East Africa women’s teams scoring in the final game versus Team Slovakia with under 5 seconds to play
  • the Slovakian and East Africa women’s teams gathered for a team picture at the conclusion of their game
  • the Slovakian and Pakistan men’s teams gathering for a team picture and at the conclusion of their game
  • Team USA women’s teams winning their first medal at an international competition
  • Canada’s double gold on home soil in front of family and friends

The Host Committee in conjunction with the Ontario Ball Hockey Association and the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada would like to thank the World Ball Hockey Federation as well as its member countries for providing a first class event for the fans. Players enjoyed themselves around town, whether it was a day trip to Centre Island, the CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, Niagara Falls, Little Italy, Little Portugal or eating a meal at one of our fine local establishments along Queen Street. We would also like to thank NGR for hosting three nights at various nightclubs in Toronto for the teams. Who can forget the trips to Loblaws located in Maple Leaf Gardens as teams still continue to rave about the options of food provided and the ease to purchase groceries for the week.

Throughout the week and especially within the businesses within ten minutes of the downtown core the many stores commented on the amount of business they received from the tournament and this is yet another example of the benefits of hosting international events.

Our high definition online streaming of the games through Jenmark was indeed the highlight for many around the world and we are still receiving the positive comments for the coverage. The web site was updated immediately with the wonderful collection of staff on site which worked with all the teams throughout the week long proceedings.

The play by play tandem of Anthony Regan and Daniel Ranalli that helped bring the games into everyone’s homes and share the stories of the tournament.

Lastly, to the entire staff, game officials, teams, friends and family who made this the event, ‘Where The World United’, we thank you all.

If you wish to relive the games, they are available at www.worldcupofballhockey.com

The 2014 World Junior Ball Hockey Championship will take place in Europe, June 22-29 with a formal announcement of the host city by June 30 of this year.

The 2014 Master’s World Ball Hockey Championships in two divisions O31 and O40 will be hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia bext fall.

The 2015 World Ball Hockey Championships will be hosted in Europe in June and host city to be announced in November.

Media Contacts:

Daniel Ranalli Host Committee Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve Rumsey President, National Ball Hockey Association of Canada This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Domeic Di Gironimo World Ball Hockey Federation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 00:24

REMEMBER AK94 FOREVER

When tragedy strikes any Family, one never knows how it truly takes its toll on others, regardless of where your travels take you.

Such was the case on Saturday, April 20 when Brendan Wilson and Austin Kingsborough were involved in a canoe accident on Nicola Lake (near Merritt BC) and both played for the Langley Minor Ball Hockey Association.

The pair had been camping at a family property at the north end of Nicola Lake, but were reported missing after they failed to return for dinner Sunday.

Austin Kingsborough (17) and Brendan Wilson (one day shy of his 18th birthday) were well like and admired by everyone that met them. In addition to Ball Hockey both played for the Langley Minor Hockey Association.

Both players were not only admired but displayed a sincere dedication of what sportsmanship is and should be about.

While sport was a huge part of their lives, they showed sincerity toward their Family and simply loved life. A love and devotion that was unsurpassed in all areas. They not only showed respect, they admired those who also displayed it towards everyone.

The RCMP dive team did everything they could to recover the two bodies and once they had concluded their investigation a specialized team was involved from Idaho offered to help out with the search.

The search by the RCMP was clearly hampered by poor visibility and debris in the lake. Players and Coaches in various areas of the lower mainland held a moment of silence for both young men at a recent game, and it’s fair to say the emotions ran extremely sombre.

Rest in Peace and our thoughts go out to the Families of Austin and Brendan.

The bodies have since been recovered by the rescue searchers.

A Facebook page has been created in memory of the boys, it can be found on Facebook as “Prayfortheboys”.

Once on this page, you will see several events are being added to help raise funds for the families.

The poster is one designed by players from Ridge Meadows

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 23:12

2013 WORLD BALL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Pre-Sale For The World Ball Hockey Championships Starts This Coming Monday!

For 2 Days You Are Front-Of-The-Line!
Everyone loves to be first in line. Here's your chance to buy the very best tickets to the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships in Toronto this June.

Canadian Men and Women Go For World Gold!

16 national Men's and Women's teams including powerhouses Canada, the United States, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Hosted By The Home Of Hockey - The Maple Leaf Gardens
Legends Johnny Bower, Frank Mahovlich, Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark, and Darryl Sittler have played to win in the Gardens (recently renamed the Mattamy Athletic Centre). Now 500 national team players from around the globe hope to follow in their footsteps.
Tickets Will Sell Out. But You Can Beat The Lines!
With thousands of ball hockey players in the GTA tickets for the key games are expected to sell in days. You love ball hockey. We want to make sure that you don’t miss out. So we’ve secured a two-day pre-sell exclusively for Ontario Ball Hockey players, their friends and family. Monday April 15 and Tuesday April 16 are your days to buy. After that tickets go on sale to the public. And when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Tickets Are Priced So That All Fans Can Attend
Tickets to the best games are just $15 to $20 for sets of 2 to 3 games. And there are discounts for children, students, and seniors.
How To Order Tickets
Starting Monday April 15 at 10:00 am purchase tickets through Ticketmaster by phone (toll free: 1-855-985-5000), online (www.ticketmaster.ca), or at the Mattamy Box Office (50 Carlton Street, Toronto).
Schedule For The Key Games
◾Monday June 3: Your ticket gets you 3 games. Canadian Women at 6:30 pm. Canadian Men at 8:00 pm. Late night Men's game at 9:30 pm. $15 Adults; $12 children under 12, students, seniors 65+.
◾Tuesday June 4: Your ticket gets you 3 games. Canadian Women at 6:30 pm. Canadian Men at 8:00 pm. Late night Men's game at 9:30 pm. $15 Adults; $12 children under 12, students, seniors 65+.
◾Wednesday June 5: Your ticket gets you 3 games. Canadian Women at 6:30 pm. Canadian Men at 8:00 pm. Late night Men's game at 9:30 pm. $15 Adults; $12 children under 12, students, seniors 65+.
◾Thursday June 6: Your ticket gets you 3 games. Canadian Women at 6:30 pm. Canadian Men at 8:00 pm. Late night Men's game at 9:30 pm. $15 Adults; $12 children under 12, students, seniors 65+.
◾Friday June 7: Your ticket gets you 3 games. Canadian Women at 6:30 pm. Men's Quarter Finals at 8:00 pm followed by another Men's Quarter Finals at 9:30 pm. $20 Adults; $18 children under 12, students, seniors 65+.
◾Saturday June 8: Your ticket gets you 2 games. Afternoon Ticket: Men's Semi-Final at 2:30 pm followed by Women's Semi-Final at 4:00 pm. Evening Ticket: Men's Semi-Final at 7:00 pm followed by Women's Semi-Final at 8:30 pm. $20 Adults; $18 children under 12, students, seniors 65+.
◾Sunday June 9: Your ticket gets you 2 games. Morning Ticket: Women's Bronze at 9:00 am followed by Men's Bronze at 10:30 am. Afternoon Ticket: Women's Gold at 1:30 pm followed by Men's Gold at 3:00 pm. $20 Adults; $18 children under 12, students, seniors 65+.

Note: Ticket prices include taxes and credit card fees but exclude Ticketmaster service charges.

Monday, 01 April 2013 16:05

CANADA CUP - Tier II & Tier III

The 2013 National Ball Hockey Association of Canada Tier II and Tier III Canada Cup of Ball Hockey National Championships will be played in Halifax, Nova Scotia the weekend of July 25-28, 2013.

The tournament will take place at venues in Halifax 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 $750.

The winners of the Tier II and Tier III National Championship will receive an invitation to attend the 2014 World Ball Hockey Federation Champions League tournament which will see club teams from around the world meet in Bratislava, Slovakia in September of next year.

For more information on the event we ask that you speak to your league representatives who are members of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 01 April 2013 16:00

CANADA CUP - Junior Nationals

The 2013 National Ball Hockey Association of Canada Junior U15, U17 & U19 Canada Cup of Ball Hockey National Championships will be played in Brampton, Ontario the weekend of August 1-4, 2013. The tournament will take place at Century Gardens in Brampton 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 $650.

The Junior Nationals offer three divisions in this tournament, the U15 (born 1998 & 1999), U17 (born 1996 & 1997) and U19 (born 1994 & 1995) and the inaugural Girls U17 event. The teams that participate in the Junior Nationals are registered and sent by their Provincial governing associations. This is one of the scouting sessions for the 2014 Junior Team Canada staff who will be onsite throughout the championships.

In some Provinces, 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 on the event we ask that you speak to your league representatives who are members of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 01 April 2013 15:50

CANADA CUP - The Nationals

The 2013 National Ball Hockey Association of Canada Men’s and Women’s Canada Cup of Ball Hockey National Championships will be played in Brampton, Ontario the week of August 13-17, 2013.

The tournament will take place at Century Gardens in Brampton 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 $1250.

The Nationals will be offered for Men’s and Women’s teams that participate are registered and sent by their Provincial governing associations. This is one of the scouting sessions for the 2015 Men’s and Women’s Team Canada.

In some Provinces, 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 on the event we ask that you speak to your league representatives who are members of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 23:55

2013 WORLD BH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Bruce Huff (Toronto Star Columnist) aptly described 'Our Game' with reverence and clarity. He said, "Ball hockey. On the street, in the gym, on the arena floors is simply a slice of Canadiana..."

Well, Canada...let us invite the world to come and play 'Our Game' in the home of one of the oldest and most prestigious buildings in National Hockey League history.

Maple Leaf Gardens

....although, before we look any further forward towards this monumental event, let us take a moment and go back in time.....

It is May 2, 1967.....

"...Three seconds...two...one...the game is over! The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup!" (Bill Hewett: CBC Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster)

Bill Hewitt in the broadcast booth

The Toronto Maple Leafs (owned and operated by Stafford Smythe, John Bassett and the infamous Harold Ballard) under the tutalege of Mssr. George 'Punch' Imlach, are playing against Les Canadiens, the most reverred franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL) in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Maple Leaf Gardens . The 'Boys in Blue' are up three games to two in the championship series and lead 2-1 late in the third period of the contest when the epilogue to this epic chapter in hockey history would be finally written and later chronicled for years to come.

The net is empty...and you can still hear Bill Hewitt's voice resonate like it was only yesterday calling the play-by-play with less than a minute to go in the game...

"...Its electrifying here at Maple Leaf Gardens at the moment...

Here we go for the face-off...
The Leafs have (Allan) Stanley, (Red) Kelly, (Bob) Pulford, (Tim) Horton and (George) Armstrong...
Stanley talks to Kelly...
The puck is dropped. Kelly up to Pulford...Pulford gets it up to Armstrong...
Armstrong waits...takes a shot...he scores!

Johnny Bower making a save in the 1967 Stanley Cup finals versus the Canadiens

Brian McFarlane (CBC Colour Commentator), along side Mr. Hewitt in the 'Gondola' high above the Garden's ice, can barely contain his excitement as he goes on to describe the events and euphoria on the ice and in the stands...

"...a wild finish...the players jump on the ice!...there are 47 seconds left to play...3-1 Toronto...Armstrong, the Leafs captain, gets a goal in the empty net...everybody is up and standing and cheering...all the Leaf fans here at the Gardens...programs are on the ice...players swarmed over the boards..."

"It would appear to be the insurance goal the Leafs were looking for...still 47 seconds left to play, but it would appear to be the goal the Leafs needed to win the Stanley Cup!"

And with that, the fans began the final countdown...10!...9!...8!...and completed by Hewitt's heightened tone for the viewers at home...

"...Three seconds...two...one...the game is over! The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup!"


"....What a tremendous hockey game this was...Fantastic!McFarlane continued to describe the event with child like enthusiam....

...Look at the Leafs mobTerry Sawchuk...Johnny Bower is one of the first over the boards...number 27 Frank Mahovolich...and there is George Armstrong who scored the insurance goal...and Mike Walton...Bobby Baun...and Eddy Shack...Punch Imlach is out there shaking hands with his players..."

"...Peter Stemkowski throws Imlach's hat high into the air!"

The Canadians are lined up for the ceremonial hand shake and Toe Blake comes over to congratulate Punch Imlach.

"...(Red) Kelly and (Tim) Horton embrace each other..."

As the celebration continued and as history would have it, John Ferguson and Jean Beliveau would be the last to leave the ice (for the Canadians) as the Leafs remained poised to claim their prize...and with that, NHL President Clarence Campbell would be introduced to make the presentation of the Stanley Cup to captain George Armstrong at center ice.

"Ladies and gentlemen, it is now my great pleasure, duty and responsibility to present the Stanley Cup to the Maple Leaf Hockey Club for the 11th time"

Captain George Armstrong ushered his son Brian up with him to accept the Stanley Cup to help him raise it above his head in victory.


"...Its pretty hard not to get emotionally involved when you're in the Stanley Cup...its the ultimate for a hockey player...what you live for...it was the happiest moment when Army scored that third goal...I wanted to start crying..."As the championship bubbly was being poured into Lord Stanley's Mug, Hockey Night in Canada host Ward Cornell spoke with Maple Leaf defenseman Tim Horton about the magnitude of the team's accomplishment and what it meant to the allstar defenseman...

Since that moment in time there has been nary a replica of a trophy with such reverance or significance in sports history, nor a cup sought after by so many, but raised in triumph by so few, in that very place where the fans were loud and "The Chief" stood proud, underneath the scoreboard at center ice in the Maple Leaf Gardens....

Until now.....

WHERE THE WORLD UNITES for the World Ball Hockey Championships in June 2013 at the heritage site known as the Mattamy Athletic Center at The Gardens on 60 Carleton St. Toronto Canada.

The event approaches with an air of breathless anticipation and an unprecedented level of energy and enthusiam from everyone involved as the best mens and womens nations in the sport of ball hockey plan, prepare and pack their bags to travel from various continental divides to play on the world's largest stage for the game's biggest prize.

It will be the first time since 1967 that a major championship trophy of global magnitude and importance will be presented in what some would equate to as the middle of the living room floor in the house that Conn Smythe built.

On Sunday June 9....one nation will stand alone and accept the 2013 World Championship trophy emblematic of global 'orange ball' supremacy in the middle of the floor where George 'The Chief' Armstrong stood and raised La Coupe Stanley.

It will undoubtedley be an event for the ages and one that will be remembered for generations to come... Hence, as former wrestler, promoter and ringside announcer Billy 'Red' Lyons (Maple Leaf Wrestling) would say....

"Don't you dare miss it!"

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 23:54

TOP 30 FEMALES - ALL TIME

There were many outstanding athletes throughout the world that excelled and ultimately became the greatest players in their respective sports. They are highly revered and formally recognized for their skills and career accomplishments.

They are the standard by whom all others are measured. They have earned their place in time as the best of the best that will eventually be enshrined in a place reserved for those who have achieved the pinnacle in their sport, the Hall of Fame. They are the legends of the game.

Ball hockey, a fun and relatively unstructured activity played by children with little or no equipment on neighborhood streets, began to establish itself as a viable sport organization in the middle 1970’s. There were thousands of players, who all graduated from the rough asphalt surfaces to smooth concrete arena floors, that helped to foster the growth and development of the game into a formal association with a governing body and championship competition at all levels of participation. There were some among those pioneers of the pavement whose skill, achievements and longevity in the game placed them in a class all by themselves….

On the street, ball hockey’s most ostensible offenders were indeed as unique, skilled and accomplished as the aforementioned heroes who played on frozen pads, only they wore sneakers and had to earn every inch of paved real estate on foot throughout their life span in the sport.

Without further ado, the top thirty players of all time:

The Goaltenders
The goaltenders are represented by the finest ball stoppers that the game has ever seen in Delayne Brian (MB - Rage), Kathryn Padmore (ON - Crush), Jennifer Price (BC - Hawks) and Carol Zaborski (ON - Red Wings). They were the foundation and played an integral part in the success and achievements of their teams throughout the years.

The Defence
These defenders stood tall on the floating blue line in the sport over the past thirty years. Diana Brown (ON - Dragons), Susie Laska (ON - Rebels), Lesley Mac Arthur (ON - Rebels), Lori Parker (BC - Sharks), Sherri Pitre (BC - Sharks), Michelle Rosenberg (ON - Red Wings/Roadrunners), Vicki Ruth (ON - Dragons/Predators), Britni Smith (ON - Stampede) and Adrianne Vanderzalm (AL - Shamrocks).

The Fabulous Forwards
When one considers the foray of fabulous forwards that ‘skiddadled’ into the neutral zone and ‘knifed their way over the blue line’ before letting go of a ‘cannonating drive’ on net, there was a special group of players that comes to mind.

The most outstanding forwards in the game of ball hockey over the past 30 years are:

Caroline Berube (QU - Coyotes), Danielle Bourgeois (AL - Shamrocks), Jenny Brine (NS - Red Star), Susan Brogno (BC - Sharks), Fannie Desforges (ON - United), Val Dion (BC - Vikings), Angela James (ON - Dragons), Oonagh Hastie (ON - Dragons), Geraldine Heaney (ON - Dragons/Red Wings), Sarah Hill (BC - Sharks), Cindy Horton (ON - Dragons), Irene Kiratzis (ON - Red Wings/Extreme), Michelle Long (ON - Dragons), Linda Milani (BC - Hawks), Sharon O’Doherty (ON - Red Wings/Extreme), Katherine O’Rourke (MB - Rage) and Shelly Potter (BC - Sharks)

Congratulations to the Top 30 players of the past thirty years in the women’s ball hockey across the country.

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