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 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.
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.