MEN'S TEAM CANADA (8)
TORONTO – February 17 - The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) revealed their jerseys for the 2015 World Ball Hockey Federation Championships being hosted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 24-31 and the team will carry three jerseys, the VINTAGE Home Red, CLASSIC Away Black and CAMOUFLAGE Salute jerseys.
VINTAGE HOME RED
-25 leafs/one per player (6 on the front and 6 on the back with 5 along the top back and 4 on each sleeve) with the NBHAC logo in the upper right corner
-MTC or WTC logo on the shoulders
-the jersey is a SALUTE to our troops
-MTC or WTC logo on the shoulders
-we will have a red MTC leaf with the #27 in memory of Robert Wilfred Mentis on the inside of the jersey
CLASSIC BLACK AWAY
-MTC or WTC logo on the shoulders
-the string collar is what ties OUR team and OUR nation together from the support of your family and friends whom will be cheering on OUR team
-we will have a red MTC leaf with the #27 in memory of Robert Wilfred Mentis on the inside of the jersey
TORONTO – December 2 - The Men’s Team Canada’s goal is to have a program that not only produces elite ball hockey players but also creates a culture that clearly defines what it means to play for Team Canada. We want to ensure that involvement with Men’s Team Canada creates a life experience so these athletes can assist in furthering the development of the game within their home centers. We also want to have these athletes to have the opportunity to continue to compete and represent Canada for years to come. It provides a solid bridge between the provincial, national and international programs to compete at the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) Championships.
The World Ball Hockey Championships for the men’s division are held every two years (odd years) in various regions. The events are hosted in the month of May or June and for 2015 the men’s and women’s divisions will be hosted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) has recently named, Mr. Michael Futa as the Global Ambassador for the Men’s Team Canada program. Our ambassador has experienced the power of sport, and its ability to build essential life skills such as self-esteem, discipline, fair play, respect and teamwork.
A little about our Ambassador: Michael is a native of Toronto, Ontario and has participated in Ball Hockey from 1985 to the early nineties. He made am impact immediately with the Network Realty Stars winning the scoring title in Junior and leading his team to the championship with a hat trick in the league final. His first appearance in the Provincials was that year where the Downsview program sent all all star team to represent the league and they again came away with a championship. He was also on the Provincial and Nationals Champions with the Maple Precast Eagles (89), Midas Top Guns (91), Fernview Rangers (92). He was inducted into the Ontario Ball Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 2000.
Michael is in his seventh full season with the Kings as Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel. The Los Angeles Kings have won two Stanley Cups in 2011-12 & 2013-14. Futa came to the Kings after five successful seasons as General Manager of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he was named OHL Executive of the Year in 2005. The Attack advanced to the post-season in all five seasons with Futa at the helm, and high profile players like Trevor Lewis (17th overall, 2006 NHL Entry Draft) and Wayne Simmonds (second round, 61st overall, 2007 NHL Entry Draft) played for Owen Sound during Futa’s tenure there. Futa has also served as Director of Team Ontario’s Under-17 program for three seasons, and his Under-17 team won the gold medal at the Canada Games in 2007.
Prior to his time with the Attack, Futa served as both an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Oshawa Generals (OHL) for two seasons (1999-01). The native of Toronto also served first as an Assistant Coach and then as a Head Coach of Toronto St. Michael’s Majors (OHL) from 1997-00. Prior to that, he served as Head Coach and General Manager of the St. Michael’s Buzzers (Provincial Junior “A”).
Before turning to the coaching ranks, Futa played four seasons of professional hockey in Europe (two seasons in Germany and two seasons in Denmark). The former left wing also captained his team at York University, where he was also honored as the student who best combined academics and athletics at the school during his senior season.
For players interested in the MTC Program, players are encouraged to qualify for their provincial team(s) competing at the Nationals, because a player's ability is more effectively measured against the best competition available.
Ball Hockey…..IT IS OUR GAME!!
TORONTO – December 1 –The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) in conjunction with the High Performance Committee is pleased to announce the roster for Men’s Team Canada that will attempt to retain the gold they won in 2013. The 2015 World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) Championships will be hosted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 24-31, 2015.
For the 22 players named today, twenty-one are returning from the Junior World Championship teams in 2008, 2010, 2012 & 2014 along with the Men’s World Champion in 2013. These players with international experience know what it takes to play and compete at this level and there is a good blend of veterans and mix of youth from the junior ranks. Our team was selected, not just on high calibre skills, but for their personalities and community backgrounds as well.
High Performance Director, Steve Dockerty, who was heavily responsible for the restructuring which took place in the international program stated, “our strength in the junior program is beginning to show the years of success with the number of graduating players to the senior squad. We want players that will be part of the Team Canada family for years to come.’ The High Performance Program has been established to create continuity consisting of strong individuals across the country with involvement in the various national teams at the adult levels.
Dockerty continued about the coaching staff, we have such a strong group of coaches, with Nelson Lajeunesse, Barry Greer and Daniel Ranalli whom all have had success at the Provincial, National and International levels of play and all have the experience and strong technical backgrounds who will lead these men.
Commenting on the goal of the 2015 teams Dockerty adds, “we have a Mission Statement - To prepare and assemble a team of ball hockey players from Canada to compete for gold at the WBHC. To field a team that sets extraordinary standards for competitiveness, sportsmanship and team continuity. To create a ‘life experience’ for members of MTC and officials.” Dockerty added, “that truly is our goal, to compete for gold, but also to set exceptional standards for the players and team officials.
Ball Hockey is an amazing sport and these young men are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to compete with the best in the world and absorb the host city.” Dockerty concluded with “The ultimate goal is to ensure each player has a life experience that he can take with him for years to come.”
The association’s President, Steve Rumsey, was pleased with the scouting, selection and acceptance of the players chosen for the club.
Rumsey has been a part of ball hockey for over thirty years and attended the 2013 World Championship event as a fan. “It is not only what will take place on the floor for these men, as most have played for Canada and have become a family” said Rumsey. “As these men grow up and have families it won’t be the medals that they come home with that will be mostly remembered, it will be the experience of visiting this part of the world, and we as management, coaches and mentors want to make sure it truly is a trip of a lifetime for them” added Rumsey.
“On behalf of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada, I would like to congratulate the players and staff named today, along with their provincial associations, leagues, club teams, families, coaches and officials who have helped them along the way,” said Steve Rumsey, NBHAC President. With that said, it is with great pride that we present you the 2015 Men’s Team Canada players:
Goalies: Kevin Bailie, Paul Zarnett ~ Defenseman: Victor Azevedo, Matt De Persiis, Hayden Cole, Frankie Edgecombe, Ryan Gieseler, Steven Head, Tyler Mac Pherson, Jonathan O’Hara ~ Forwards: Andrew Courtney, Josh Cousineau, Charlie Giffin, Darcy Greenaway, Denver Greer, Evan Greer, Shawn Hannon, Anthony Loveless, Justin Maiolino, Nathan Moon, Matthew Paul, Mike Porter, Jacob Robitaille and Robert Shilton
Your Passion…Your Dedication…Play Like A Champion…Play Like Team Canada…Commit To The Culture of Excellence….We Are Canada
#wbhf2015pittsburgh #bethestandard #wethegame
Our goal is to build a program that is recognized as the best in world. We have a reputation for excellence in our sport coupled with a strong sense of community, which fosters growth. We will prepare and assemble a Team of Ball Hockey Players from Canada to compete for Gold Medal at the World Championships.
The goal is to field teams that set extra-ordinary standards for competitiveness, sportsmanship and team continuity. To create a “life experience” for members of Team Canada.
Athletic activities are an important part of our youth’s life experiences and this is reflected in our achievement in inter-provincial competition. We are seeking an outstanding individuals including, General Manager, Head Coach, Team Doctor, Therapist and Equipment Manager to be a part of our Team Canada program for each of our Men’s team.
The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada strives for excellence - in the quality of its players and community leaders and in the long tradition of athletic achievement. We are currently seeking a qualified candidate’s for the following contracts in preparation for the 2015 World Championships.
Please see the PDF attachment below for job descriptions and deadlines.
The Men`s Team Canada unveiled their championship rings on Saturday, November 9 at the Awards Dinner and Banquet, Celebration of Excellence.
Twelve members of the team and staff were in attendance receiving their rings during the evenings proceedings.
MTC logo over the cup
24 inserted in the MTC (one per player)
24 stones around the cup (one per family)
12 stones on side (6 on each side for staff/family) long narrow stones
7 stones for each of the games played
67 stones for the achievement and to mark the last year a major hockey championship was won in that building
Name cut into the ring
Red Jersey cut into the side shank similar to the final jersey worn in the gold medal game
2013 on either side of the jersey for the year
POS along the bottom
Tournament Logo to sit on top of Maple Leaf Gardens similar to the Conn Smyth Trophy (location is not required as Flag/CN Tower are in the logo)
Country flags with Final Score on each side of the logo
One Goal (cut into the ring below the Gardens)
Inside the Ring
WE ARE CANADA
Congratulations again on the accomplishment!
TORONTO – January 14 - On behalf of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada we are proud to announce the 2013 Men`s Team Canada roster for World Championships to be held in Toronto, Canada the week of June 2-9.
Team Canada will be sending twenty-five players along with staff members to the event in an attempt to win gold.
The Team Canada staff was very busy in 2012 scouting various events and thorough scouting of the Ontario Premier League (Vaughan), Men`s Provincial Championships (Brampton, Oakville and London), Canada Cup, and Le Challenge Invitation Elite and the 2011 Nationals and Junior Team Canada program prospects.
The base of the team has many players returning with international experience which will be a good foundation in preparing for this high level tournament.
The team was selected throughout the country, not just on high calibre skills, but for their personalities and community backgrounds as well.
This team is built from the strong minor system in the country and many of these players have ties to the junior program as far back as 2000. This squad will definitely be competing for the gold again, but this is a process as we want players that will be part of the Team Canada family for years to come.
The program brings a strong group of coaches, with Chris Carr, Nelson Lajeunesse and Andrew Platt who share the same vision and passion of the program.
The staff hopes to prepare and assemble a team of ball hockey players from Canada to compete for gold at the WC. To field a team that sets extraordinary standards for competitiveness, sportsmanship and team continuity. To create a ‘life experience’ for members of TC and officials that is truly our goal, to compete for gold but also to set exceptional standards for the players and team officials.
Ball Hockey is an amazing sport and these young men are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to compete with the best in the world as the ultimate goal is to ensure each player has a life experience that he can take with him for years to come.
Head Coach, Chris Carr, was pleased with the selection and acceptance of the players chosen for the club. “It was great to be able to see players from the various events and have them raise the level of competition, you could see how every player’s game play was elevated at camp and I look forward to seeing them play at the next level – the world’s.
Steve Rumsey, President of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada commented, “people that tend to be missed in these types of announcements are the local coaches, associations and family members that have helped the players get to this level, along with these individuals all those that were scouted for Team Canada at the various events should take pride in this team, as they too played a big part in the team composition.”
He continued, “On behalf of the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada, I would like to congratulate the players and staff named today, along with their provincial associations, leagues, club teams, families, coaches and officials who have helped them along the way”.
With that said, it is with great pride that we present you the 2013 Men`s Team Canada players & staff:
The Team ~ Goalies: David Di Gironimo*, Brian Valentine*, Paul Zarnett
Defensemen: Victor Avezado*, Chris Cerqueria*, Frankie Edgecombe, Ryan Gieseler*, Spencer Irving*, James Mentis*, Phil Moore*, Marc Paravanno*
Forwards: Jeff Broekema*, Frankie Giustini*, Shawn Hannon*, Matt Harvey, Mike Hedden, Charlie Giffin, Matthew Martello*, Chris Monaghan, Matt Paul*, Mike Porter, Jacob Robitaille*, Rob Shilton, Eric Tardiff, Matt Tremblett*
The Staff ~ Head Coach: Chris Carr, Assistant Coaches: Nelson Lajeunesse*, Robert Mentis*
*previous international experience
Please revisit the NBHAC web site at www.nationalballhockeyassociation.com in the coming months for player profiles.
The National Ball Hockey Association hosted their Men’s Team Canada Camp on Saturday, November 24 at Vaughan’s Sportsplex and concluded their scouring at the Le Challenge Invitation Elite tournament in Quebec City.
The camp and tournament were a culmination of a year of scouting at various events which included the Pre Season, Ontario Premier League, Men`s Provincial Championships, Canada Cup, and Le Challenge Invitation Elite and Junior Team Canada program prospects. The team and staff now turn their attention to playing host in Toronto at the World Championships.
The staff and players will meet the high standard of the World Championship. The players must work harder than ever to attain victory.
The roster is to be announced on January 14
Go Canada Go!!
Toronto, ON – National Ball Hockey Association President Steve Rumsey announced Friday, December 21st the management team that will guide Men’s Team Canada into the 2013 World Championships in Toronto, Canada.
CHRIS CARR, comes to the program from the grassroots of our sport going back thirty years as a player in the Withrow Park program. He graduated to men’s ball hockey and right into the Ontario Premier Ball Hockey League with the Knights.
Chris returned to Withrow Park as a coach at the Provincial level of play and recently captured the Summer Games championship. His success comes down to three core pillars - culture, talent, and the system of play/game style.
He stresses great culture as a must-have ingredient at the elite level, regardless of how good the other two factors are. Without this there is nothing. He saw this as a player very early playing at Withrow Park and later moved to the Withrow Park Knights of the Ontario Provincial ‘A’ league and ended his playing career with the Toronto Panthers of the Ontario Premier Ball Hockey League.
Carr is a student of the game with a masterful ability at team dynamics and group building. He will teach, guide and elevate players to their potential.
NELSON LAJEUNESSE, simply one of the most decorated athletes in the sport at the league, provincial, national and international level of play.
He has a great understanding of the international style of play and an appreciation of what it will take as a player to compete at the World level. As a forward he competed on the world stage and by the end of his career was a steady defenceman who led by example both on and off the floor.
He was recognized for his leadership as a mentor in 2010 with the U20 program and this past summer was an assistant coach wining the Summer Games championship and returns to work with Chris Carr who they share the same team concepts and strategies.
He brings ten years of ball hockey coaching experience along with twenty years playing the game and his greatest strengths are to lead by example and these young men will learn and prepare under his guidance and coaching.
ANDREW PLATT, a student of the game, Platt can usually be found talking the game and is a mentor with strong communication skills and leader. He demands respect of the players and staff and places team goals above all others. He believes in work ethic and wants a players who will outwork the opposition and gain the ball to win all battles and do what it takes to win the game.
His philosophy and attitude have brought him many successes within his community, league and provincial play. His talents take on his identity and are never out worked.
This staff will have a big impact on the chemistry of a team. If success can be defined in other ways, like making progress, giving effort, how much did we learn, or how much better were we at the end of the tournament than at the beginning, the staff will be teaching important life lessons to the team.
The tactician, leader and motivator will give the 2013 team an opportunity to win gold, but the bigger message will stay with these men they coach for rest of their lives.
Carr, Lajeunesse and Platt will be meeting over the coming months to set in motion Team Canada’s operational plans, which will include player, support staff announcements and team logistics.