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Thursday, 10 January 2019 22:11

JTC Staff Job Openings

Junior Team Canada Staff Job Openings – General Manager (U16, U18, U20 & Girls U20)

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, High Performance Director, Head Coach, Team Doctor, Therapist and Equipment Manager to be a part of our Team Canada program for each of our Junior U16, U18, U20 & Girls U20 teams.

 

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 2020 World Junior Championships in Europe.

General Manager

Head Coach

Therapist

Equipment Manager

Doctor

Mentor

 

Monday, 26 February 2018 21:52

JTC Girls U20 Team Announcement

Vaughan, Ontario - The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada will be participating at the inaugural World Girls U20 Championships.

 

For the first time ever woman will represent Canada at the junior level internationally.  The Junior Team Canada U20 program will be sending 20 players along with coaching staff to Nitra, Slovakia in June 2018 to compete in the World Junior Championship. 

 

The Junior Team Canada staff held its first ever selection camp in Bradford, Ontario on December 16, inviting 45 woman to tryout for the team.  The day was full of practices, scrimmages and information surrounding the tournament and the exciting buzz around the area could be felt by everyone there.  The day started off with a nervous group of girls arriving at the rink with some uncertainty of what the day would bring, but it did not take long before practice began and their skill became evident.  As the day progressed, the level of talent kicked up a notch and the competition was tight making it challenging for the coaching staff.  Come the end of the camp emerged a very talented group of elite woman ready to take on Nitra in June.

 

The WJC tournament will provide the girls with their first opportunity to play a sport they have come to love, internationally.  Playing at this high level, elite ball hockey competition will serve the girls with a good foundation in their individual growth and development, as well as, an opportunity to develop and grow woman in sport.  The players were selected based on, not only, their high caliber of skill, but also for their character and personality to represent Canada.

 

The goal for this tournament is to not only bring woman to the forefront of ball hockey on an international stage and win gold, but to also create a team that will set the bar for all future teams in women's ball hockey.  We expect a high level of competitiveness, sportsmanship, and team comradery from each of the players and are hoping to create an experience of a lifetime for each and every one of them. As these girls grow up and move onto their careers and lives have it will not only be the medal they will remember and tell stories about, but also the opportunity to be a part of the first ever U20 Women's Canadian Ball Hockey team and the experience of traveling to Nitra, Slovakia during the trip of a lifetime.

 

With that being said, it is with great honour and pride that we present to you the 2018 Women’s U20 Junior Team Canada players and coaching staff:

 

Goalies: Josée Lalonde, Camryn Fennell 

 

Defence: Claire Lyons, Rebecca  Spence, Madison Fruhner, Jordynn Hall, Makenna Chokelal, Kristin Krowchuk 

 

Forwards: Kelsey Coady, Sara Richardson, Grace Lafreniere, Saurin Lalonde, Eden Conquer, Kelsey Cluett, Abigail Campbell, Hannah Eaton, Abigail Giesbrecht, Julia Jackson, Sandrine Meunier-Geoffroy, Victoria Ansell  

 

Staff: General Manager: Stephen Dockerty ~ Coaches: Tracy Kitchen, Danielle Close, Melissa Miller

 

For media inquiries or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Stephen Dockerty at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Your Passion…Your Dedication…Play Like A Champion…Play Like Team Canada…Commit To The Culture of Excellence

 

#wbhf2018nitra #JTC_NBHAC #WeReady #WeAreTeamCanada #BeGreat #BeTheStandard

 

Bradford, Canada - All roads lead to Bradford for the top U20 Girls prospects for the JTC program.

The destination of their pilgrimage took place on Saturday, December 16 in Bradford as 35 players attend the Prospects Camp which featured rigorous series of skill assessment drills inserted throughout the practices followed by scrimmages.

Stephen Dockerty, General Manager, who organized the camp, said, “we have representation from the six centers which will assist in growing the sport.” He continued, “interest in the camp will grow in future years and expanded as the sport grows.”   “We have always used tournaments for the selection process, but this brings in the best players, as we have one location and all the scouts have been brought in.  We have a captive audience and they can all watch and measure the skills of the players.  This camp was about opportunity.” 

“Ball Hockey is a great game but there isn’t enough opportunity for some smaller centre’s” Dockerty said. “These players all think about playing the game they love and the passion level is consistent among all the prospects.”

'The players have experienced success at all levels, be it with their houseleague or provincial teams and we will be ready Nitra and to represent our country.”

The team will be participating at the World Ball Hockey Federation Championships the week of June 25 to July 1 in Nitra, Slovakia along with the Boys U16, U18 and U20 teams

#wbhf2018nitra #WeReady #BeTheStandard #WeAreCanada

 

The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada will be participating at the Inaugural World Girls U20 Championships.

The World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) will be hosting the tournament in Nitra, Slovakia the week of June 25 to July 1, 2018.

The tournament will join the Boys U14, U16, U18 and U20 tournament making it the largest Junior tournament in the sport.

To date, four nations are confirmed, Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary and the host Slovakia.  The WBHF is hoping to get a fifth team for the Championships.

The NBHAC is hosting their Selection Camp in Bradford, Ontario on Saturday, December 16 and any players interested in attending must be born in 1998, 1999, 2000 or 2001.

For information and to register for the camp, please email Stephen Dockerty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before December 1

#wbhf2018nitra #BeTheStandard #WeAreTeamCanada 

 

Thursday, 23 November 2017 22:17

The Best Junior U-20 Players in the Country

The Junior U20 Team Canada Program will be sending 22 players along with staff members to Nitra, Slovakia to capture the gold.

 

The Junior Team Canada staff was very busy in 2017 scouting various events.  Thorough scouting of High School Tournaments, Provincial Junior Championships and CanAm Junior Championship led to the selections of the team.  For the returning players, the players with international experience will be a good foundation in preparing for this high level tournament. The players were selected, not just on high calibre skills, but for their personalities and community backgrounds as well.

 

High Performance Director, Steve Dockerty, who is involved in the restructuring of the international program stated, “our squad will definitely be competing for the gold again. Even though our members were a part of the teams that won gold in 2016 in all three divisions, The NBHAC has been working hard to improve the program. 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 and all have international experience as coaches and players and all have strong technical backgrounds who will lead these young players.

 

In addition to these coaches, the program strives to set a standard to bring back and integrate alumni as mentors who will be an extension of the coaching staff.

 

Commenting on the goal of the 2018 teams Dockerty adds, “we have a Mission Statement - To prepare and assemble a team of junior ball hockey players from Canada to compete for gold at the WJC. To field a team that sets extraor­dinary standards for competitiveness, sportsmanship and team continuity. To create a ‘life experience’ for members of JTC 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 culture of Eastern European cities.” 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.”

 

Dockerty continued, ‘we are pleased with the scouting, selec­tion and acceptance of the players chosen for the team.’

 

Dockerty has been a part of junior ball hockey for over fifteen years and attended the 2004 and 2006 as a fan and then started working in 2008 with the junior Team Canada Program in 2008, 2010 and 2012 as well as 2016.  “It is not only what will take place on the floor for these young individuals, as most will be visit­ing Slovakia for the first time in their lives, it will be the culture they will encounter,” said Dockerty. “As these young people 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, mentors and support staff want to make sure it truly is a trip of a lifetime for them” added Steve.

 

“Having spoken to all members of the coaching staffs throughout this process, I am confident that the work that they have put in will translate into a highly satisfying trip along with a good showing on the floor.” said Dockerty. “In the last three international competitions the staff thought out all the little things and planned accordingly because once you start traveling with this amount of players plus staff in a short period of time through major European cities, it all has to run smoothly from start to finish in order for these players to produce on the floor.”

 

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 scouted for Junior Team Canada at regional and national events should take pride in this team, as they too played a big part in the team composition.

 

General Manager, Mauro Cugini was very pleased with the composition of the team having been involved with the U-20 program since 2008, ‘this is the strongest and most athletic team that we have ever assembled’.   He continued, “wherever the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada competes, it is understood throughout the sport that it is the best collection of Junior players in the country.’   

 

“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 Dockerty.  With that said, it is with great pride that we present you the 2018 Junior U-20 Team Canada players:  

 

The U20 Team

Goalies: Ruan Badenhorst and Bradley Dobson 

 

Defenseman: Curtis Anderson, Teddy Cristou, Carter Forget, Jaisen Gill, Mackenzie McHugh, Brandon LeMesurier, John Sawka and Calan Trumpour 

 

Forwards:  Stephen Bell, William Calverley, Philipe Chin, Breaden Dorion, Andrew Foley, Evan Foley, Tyson Gilmour, Aaron Mavrou, Jason Pineo, Aidan Robitaille, Andrew Snowden and Eric Taylor 

 

Staff: Mauro Cugini (Head Coach), Niko Tedesco (Assistant Coach), Dylan Churchwell (Assistant Coach/Mentor), Amanda Spence (Registered Massage Therapist), Matthew Clark (Equipment) and Andrea Jones (Doctor) 

 

Your Passion…Your Dedication…Play Like A Champion…Play Like Team Canada…Commit To The Culture of Excellence

 

#wbhf2018nitra

#BeTheStandard

#WeAreTeamCanada

 

Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:21

CANADA’S U18 ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT

The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada is proud to announce it will be sending 20 players along with staff members to Nitra, Slovakia in June 2018 to represent the Junior Team Canada Under 18 ball hockey program and defend their status as undefeated World Champions since 2012.

The Junior Team Canada staff were very busy in 2017 scouting various events including the Provincial Peewee, Bantam and Junior Championships, and the CanAm Junior Championship which has led to the selections of this team.  

This tournament will afford players, in most instances, with their first international experience and exposure to high level, elite ball hockey competition, and will serve as a good foundation in their individual growth and development. The players were selected, not just for their obvious high calibre skills, but for their character, personality and community reputation as well.

High Performance Director, Steve Dockerty, stated, “The U18 squad will definitely looks ready to competing for gold once again, having a good mix of returning U16 champions, and many talented additions.  Every year the competition gets better, but I am confident that the squad that General Manager Scott Jacobi and his staff have put together will once again be competing for the championship gold."

Dockerty, in commenting on the coaching staff selected, "we have such a strong group of coaches combining elite Provincial and International experience as coaches and in many cases as players, while also possessing strong technical backgrounds that will aid them in leading these young men".

Commenting on the goal of the 2018 teams Dockerty adds, “we have a Mission Statement - To prepare and assemble a team of junior ball hockey players from Canada to compete for gold at the WJC. To field a team that sets extraor­dinary standards for competitiveness, sportsmanship and team continuity. To create a ‘life experience’ for the members of the JTC and the 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 culture of Eastern European cities.” 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.”  Dockerty continued, ‘we are pleased with the scouting, selec­tion and acceptance of the players chosen for the team.’

Dockerty has been a part of junior ball hockey for over fifteen years and attended the 2004 and 2006 as a fan and then started working in 2008 with the Junior Team Canada Program in 2008, 2010 and 2012 as well as 2016.  “It is not only what will take place on the floor for these young men, as most will be visit­ing Slovakia for the first time in their lives, it will be the culture they will encounter,” said Dockerty. “As these young people 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, mentors and support staff want to make sure it truly is a trip of a lifetime for them” added Steve.

“Having spoken to all members of the coaching staffs throughout this process, I am confident that the work that they have put in will translate into a highly satisfying trip along with a good showing on the floor.” said Dockerty. “In the last three international competitions the staff thought out all the little things and planned accordingly because once you start traveling with this amount of players plus staff in a short period of time through major European cities, it all has to run smoothly from start to finish in order for these players to produce on the floor.”

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 scouted for Junior Team Canada at regional and national events should take pride in this team, as they too played a big part in the team composition.

“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 Dockerty.  With that said, it is with great pride that we present you the 2018 Junior Team Canada U18 players:  

The U18 Team

Goalies: Matthew Stradling, TBA ~ Defencemen:   Nathan Balkwill, Owen Bell, Zachary Berriault, Jake Deault, Cameron Owens, Clayton Stutt  ~ Forwards:   Diego Arreola, Felix Bourdon, Max Bush, Owen Dever, Malcolm Hurd, Matthew Iasenza, Ethan Lajeunesse, Cole Leal, Bailey Maracle, Landon McLellan, Tyson Moore, Robert Skolud ~ Coaches:  Scott Jacobi, Tyler McClure

 

All for One!

 

Monday, 13 November 2017 15:48

Canada’s U16 Roster Announcement

The Junior Team Canada Under 16 Program will be sending 20 players along with staff members to Nitra, Slovakia in June 2018 to recapture gold, and defend their status as reigning World Champions.

The Junior Team Canada staff were very busy in 2017 scouting various events including the Provincial Peewee, Bantam and Junior Championships, and the CanAm Junior Championship which has led to the selections of this team. 

This tournament will afford players, in most instances, with their first international experience and exposure to high level, elite ball hockey competition, and will serve as a good foundation in their individual growth and development. The players were selected, not just for their obvious high calibre skills, but for their character, personality and community reputation as well.

High Performance Director, Steve Dockerty, stated, “the under 16 level is always an unknown in terms of how we will stack up against our competition, but I am confident that the squad that General Manager Scott Jacobi and his staff have put together will once again be competing for the gold."

Dockerty, in commenting on the coaching staff selected, "we have such a strong group of coaches combining elite Provincial and International experience as coaches and in many cases as players, while also possessing strong technical backgrounds that will aid them in leading these young men".

Commenting on the goal of the 2018 teams Dockerty adds, “we have a Mission Statement - To prepare and assemble a team of junior ball hockey players from Canada to compete for gold at the WJC. To field a team that sets extraor­dinary standards for competitiveness, sportsmanship and team continuity. To create a ‘life experience’ for the members of the JTC and the 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 culture of Eastern European cities.” 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.”  Dockerty continued, ‘we are pleased with the scouting, selec­tion and acceptance of the players chosen for the team.’

Dockerty has been a part of junior ball hockey for over fifteen years and attended the 2004 and 2006 as a fan and then started working in 2008 with the Junior Team Canada Program in 2008, 2010 and 2012 as well as 2016.  “It is not only what will take place on the floor for these young men, as most will be visit­ing Slovakia for the first time in their lives, it will be the culture they will encounter,” said Dockerty. “As these young people 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, mentors and support staff want to make sure it truly is a trip of a lifetime for them” added Steve.

“Having spoken to all members of the coaching staffs throughout this process, I am confident that the work that they have put in will translate into a highly satisfying trip along with a good showing on the floor.” said Dockerty. “In the last three international competitions the staff thought out all the little things and planned accordingly because once you start traveling with this amount of players plus staff in a short period of time through major European cities, it all has to run smoothly from start to finish in order for these players to produce on the floor.”

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 scouted for Junior Team Canada at regional and national events should take pride in this team, as they too played a big part in the team composition.

“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 Dockerty.  With that said, it is with great pride that we present you the 2018 Junior Team Canada U16 players: 

The U16 TeamGoalies:Tucker Clyne, Sean Grey ~ Defencemen:   Westin Bartlett, Cameron Clarke, Brayden McGuire, Callum Scanlan, Josh Smith, David Summers ~ Forwards:   Nick Blais, Brendan Browne, Sebastian Bulovs, Aidan Haughey, Ethan Larmand, Jake Lemere, Justin Lemesurier, Karsten Leonard, Zack Nault, Keenan Scrimshaw, Ryan Smith, Kyler Watson ~ Coaches:  Nelson Lajeunesse, Joe Cochrane

All for One!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:54

World Juniors To Be Hosted In Slovakia

From the WBHF web site www.wbhf.info 
 
Nitra to host the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) Junior World Championships in 2018. 
 
World Junior Leaders will measure their strengths from June 25th to July 1, 2018 at the HC Nitra Stadium (seating for 3600) and on the secondary community rink, Nitrianski Rytieri (seating for 400 spectators)
 
Beneath the Zoborom, teams from five age categories - up to 14, 16, 18, 20 and premiere and girls under 20 will welcome. The organizer of MSJ is the civic association Nitrawa.
 
The arrangement of the Junior WBHF 2018 was also interested in Czech Pilsen. However, Nitra presented a nice project with the support of the city, and the organization's representatives approved it.
 
"We are preparing an unforgettable championship for world champions, we have had a great experience with the organization of youth tournaments for many years, but we know this will be a different level, for us in Nitra this is a huge challenge we have received from the WBHF.
 
"My whole team working with me is already looking forward to it, there will be an artificial surface at the stadium in Nitra and there will be a cube that has not been in the junior hockey game yet, we have already prepared the fanzine before the stadium and all that belongs to this event, "MSB Juraj Bubak, head of MSJ's organizational committee, told the web site wbhf.info
 
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Thursday, 14 July 2016 20:54

Team Canada U20's Win On & Off the Floor

Team Canada Wins on and Off the Floor

 

Prague, Czech Republic - Well, once again, the NBHAC led the way in 2016 as the Team Canada Juniors travelled to Prague, Czech Republic in June.  There were no less than twenty players and administrators from the NBHAC representing our country in Europe. 

 

In a beautifully picturesque city of Prague, the world came to see the World Ball Hockey Federation Championships to gather and crown a World Junior Ball Hockey Champion, emblematic of ball hockey supremacy in the World.

 

How the team came together…

 

The team was selected after scouting major events during 2015 which included the Provincial Championships, the High school Tournaments and the Maple Leaf Cup.  The original list of 50 players were identified as prospects and list was dwindled down to a 20 player roster.  Canada’s Under 20 team was a collection of young men that traveled abroad for a tournament they will not soon forget.  The boys gathered for a mini-camp in Penetanguishene before departure which was vital for team building and where the team could work on systems and strategies.

 

Canada is located in the Northwestern Hemisphere about half-a-dozen time zones from Prague, Czech Republic.  However, despite it’s geographical position, The Great White North has become the proverbial centre of the ball hockey world after winning it’s fifth consecutive U-20 global championship and sixth gold medal since the tournament’s inception in 2000.

 

Team Canada would go 6-0 en route to the championship and were crowned the 2016 World U-20 Ball Hockey Federation Champions. 

 

Canada are to be allotted full marks for their performance in Prague because the highly skilled and speedy roster amassed by the staff and used the size of the floor to their advantage.  This consequently gave their opponents mismatch issue’s and forced them to play a different style that many weren't used to.  The result was golden.

 

 

Yes, the Canucks prevailed.  However, lost in the translation was the fact that there is more to winning than meets the eye.  The process, which theoretically should expose the product, was true to form once again in 2016.  It revealed it’s true colours in the previous global championships as well, which ultimately adds up to five.  Coincidence?  Nay another thought of chance in anyone’s mind. This is more accurately an organized, structured and well executed plan that has continued to foster the growth and development of a ball hockey program that continues to reap it’s rewards.  Though, this is not so much about winning the prize as it is about a winning program.

 

It would be hard to imagine for Team Canada to play a more flawless game than it did against the opposition, but Canada proved to be much quicker and more opportunistic.

 

 

It was going to be small things that determined the outcome of this championship. Who controlled the tempo? who would be more disciplined? who would capitalize on opportunities? who would get that big save? there wasn't much separating the teams but those small, little details that would be the difference.

 

Team Canada's offence was well chronicled throughout the tournament getting balanced scoring from all of the forwards which was complemented well with a group of athletic ball moving defensemen and the backbone of every championship team would be solid goaltending. This team seemed to be able to play any style of game, but it was ball possession and team defence which propelled the team to the 2016 World Ball Hockey Federation Championship with a convincing victory.

 

It was a moment that was a long time coming for this group of hard working Canadians. The biggest thing this year was the hard work and our hunger to win. This team was built around teamwork and everyone came together, and that's why it happened.

 

 

Moments after the conclusion of the game this tight-knit dressing room that seemingly spent every minute of the day together realized they had just accomplished their goal.

 

Therefore, congratulations are in order for the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada’s administrators, coaches, officials, support staff, volunteers and players who have all played an integral role in putting together such a program and helping to make it all possible.  The association’s Junior program led by the High Performance Director, Stephen Dockerty who has done an outstanding job in affording players the chance of a life time to play a game that they love at such an elite level in different countries around the world.  The ongoing scouting and player evaluations conducted at various events in addition to the regional camps that lead up to the final national selections, have given everyone the opportunity and the dream to hopefully one day proudly adorn the Red Maple Leaf on their chest.

 

Nonetheless, such a process along with the quest for ‘The Golden Fleece’ is rarely an easy feat given the political, economic and social challenges that often face the sport and it’s participants each year.  It is indeed a very long and arduous journey that truly reflects the nature of those who ultimately arrive at the prize.  Simply ask those who have attended a camp or have been lucky enough to have part of the Canadian freight train and played a handle full of games in as many days against the best the world has to offer in the sport.  They will be happy to share their thoughts with you.

    

Helen Keller (A blind and a deaf mute woman) summed up her feelings on the subject of overcoming obstacles and perseverance in life quite eloquently when she stated the following.

 

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

 

Fortunate enough for Canadians, however, the road to gold is smoother now than it has ever been before.  It has been built on a solid foundation and well maintained by the finest practitioners in the game today.  Hence, it is time for future generations to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.  They should not simply reap what others before them have sown, but more importantly make that which is great today, that much greater tomorrow.

 

There is no time like the present and the present is now.  The NBHAC JTC program, their administrative staff and players across the country cannot afford to rest on their laurels.  Canada stands proudly atop the championship podium for many reasons, unfortunately it is lonely at the top.  Canada must work far more diligently now than ever before to prepare yet another team in 2018 because the world waits for no one.  Only the champion, of course.

 

Go Canada Go!

The Canadian contingent was comprised of the following:

 

General Manager, Mauro Cugini, and Head Coach Barry Greer, Assistant Coach Tyler McClure

 

Goalies: Collin Charbula, Matt Loveys

 

Defence: Liam Hayes, Nick Heins, Brendan Moore, Ty Traynor, Zach Treen, Baily Watkins

 

Forwards: Zachary Archer, Josh Borland, Benoit Chin, Callan Heins, Andrew Kelly, Keegan Leal, Mckenzee MacQueen, Matthew Magliozzi, Ryan Ngan, Jack Scanlan, Reid Syrydiuk, Quinn Syrydiuk

 

Canadians D – Liam Hayes, F – Jack Scanlan, Quinn Syrydiuk captured individual all star team honours.  The balance of the tournament all stars were, G – Martin Juricek (Slovakia), D – Tom Wagner, Nick Kilcourne (USA).  Canada’s Benoit Chin would lead the tournament in scoring and Jack Scanlan was named Tournament MVP

 

 

#wbhf2016prague #jtcworlds #jtcballhockey #BeTheStandard #WeAreTeamCanada

 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 22:25

Peak Performance in Prague by U18's

A Peak Performance In Prague as the U-18’s win the Championship  

Prague, Czech Republic - Once again, the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada (NBHAC) leads the way.

 

Formal street and ball hockey competition on the international stage dates back to the early 1990’s, when then OBHA President Pat McEvoy (2002 Builders Hall of Fame) helped to bring teams from Slovakia and the Czech Republic to our country for a series of exhibition games against representative clubs from Ontario.  The Europeans, who thoroughly enjoyed the Canadian game and our hospitality, continued to return to participate in the infamous Can-Am Challenge Tournament in Oshawa each year thereafter.  It was this competitive exchange that led to the very first World Ball Hockey Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1996 where Canada captured the inaugural gold medal in our sport on the global stage. 

  

The Ontario Ball Hockey Association was instrumental in spearheading the Men’s World Championships in 1996 and subsequently led the way in not only making the Junior World tournament a reality, but setting the standard for the competition by winning the Under-20 title in the Czech Republic in 2000.

 

Well, once again, the NBHAC led the way in 2016 as the Team Canada Juniors travelled to Prague, Czech Republic in June.  There were no less than twenty players and administrators from the NBHAC representing our country in Europe.  

 

In a beautifully picturesque city of Prague, the world came to see the World Ball Hockey Federation Championships to gather and crown a World Junior Ball Hockey Champion, emblematic of ball hockey supremacy in the World.

 

How the team came together…

 

The team was selected after scouting major events during 2015, from which an original list of 44 players was dwindled down to a 20 player roster in the fall of 2015.  Canada’s Under 18 team was a collection of young men that traveled abroad for a tournament they will not soon forget.  The boys gathered for exhibition games in Penetanguishene and Oshawa for team building and games versus U19 select teams where they could work on systems and strategies.

 

Canada’s 4-0 round robin record was not easy as they came from behind in two games.  Both Hungary and Slovakia were dispatched with little effort. Their most physical contest was against Team Europe, which featured many big forwards that seem to win battles along the boards and the Czech Republic who played a tough defensive system.

 

The game against the Team Europe seemed to take a little starch out of the Canadian side as they were very sluggish early in the semi final game versus the Czech Republic before snapping out of it in the second period en route to a 6-4 victory.

 

The Championship Final would be offence vs defence and it would be crucial for Canada to score early as Slovakia had a big physical defence and strong goaltending.   This would not be the story in the final as Canada would score 4 first period goals and dominated.

 

The offensive units that the coaches had been patient with all week finally started to come together as the balls began to bulge the twine.  Andrew Snowden would score two goals in the first ten minutes.   The final result was a 7-2 victory for Canada over Slovakia in a game that was dominated by Canada that produced standing ovations from those in attendance throughout the contest.

 

Ironically, Team Canada’s performance at the World Championships was relatively unexpected because the team was in a building pattern off the 2014 win in Hungary which had a mix U16/U18 group of players.

 

The Team Canada administration was faced with the task of adding several new players to the team for 2014, many of whom would be their first international competition.  The coaching staff did a great job in having the team peak at the right time, while the support staff were instrumental in keeping the players healthy, cool, and properly hydrated.

 

This back-to-back win is the first time any nation has accomplished this, and Canada remains the only multiple gold medal winner.

 

In the bronze medal game, Team Europe would fall behind 4-1 after two periods and stormed back to tie the game in the final minute of play and win in overtime versus Slovakia.

 

The Canadian contingent was comprised of the following:

GM & Head Coach, Scott Jacobi, Assistant Coach, Nicolas Tedesco, Goalies: Bradley Dobson, Jake Fleming, Defence: Curtis Anderson, Teddy Christou, Dylan Connors, Carter Forget, Mac McHugh, Casey Scanlan, Forwards: Stephen Bell, William Calverley, Philipe Chin, Tyson Gilmour, Kyle Hunter, Kyle Latter, Kelby Martin, Tyler Moser, Jason Pineo, Aidan Robitaille and Andrew Snowden

 

Canadians G - Jake Fleming, D- Teddy Cristou captured individual all star team honours.  The balance of the tournament all stars were, D – Maros Boudis (Hungary), F – Tomas Kratky (Team Europe), Bara Patockova (Czech Republic), F – Filip Krivashi (Slovakia), Dominik Celleniuk was the top scorer and William Calverley was the Tournement MVP.

 

 

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