Ballhockey.com provides players more than just ball hockey in Niagara

A lot of people are familiar with Ballhockey.com and the Niagara Ball Hockey Club or the Barrie Ball Hockey Club but what a lot of people don’t know is that Ballhockey.com has other sports that fall under its umbrella.

When the Ballhockey.com Athletic Center came to life Beach Volleyball, Squash and Tennis were added to the sports family. This was the beginning of Ballhockey.com making the move into the multi-sport world. Not long after the Ballhockey.com Haig Bowl Arena joined the family along with Lacrosse, Roller Girls, Soccer, Dryland training for hockey, baseball and the rapidly growing Niagara Pickleball Association. Ballhockey.com has always been about getting people active in sports and now with two multi-sport facilities we are able to open the door for many more people to find a sport that they will love.

But guess what? We are not done there! We also offer birthday parties at our locations for all ages. Looking for a place to do some staff team building? Ballhockey.com has you covered there with our private rentals of rinks for sport or team building and meeting space in our restaurant, The Bar Upstairs.  Speaking of The Bar Upstairs not only is it a great place to grab some food after the game but it is a great place to host a bridal or baby shower or an adult birthday party, Christmas party or private event. Each Saturday we Welcome the Mighty Duck Blues Band and pack the house! Great food, friends and a lot of fun all under 1 roof!

From tournaments to charity events to leagues and multiple sports Ballhockey.com has a lot to offer. Why not check us out !

Darryl Furness & GUTS team up to Conquer Cancer

On Saturday April 1st members of the Niagara Ball Hockey Club and the local community came together to raise funds playing in the 3 on 3 Ride to Conquer Cancer Tournament. Long-time Niagara Ball Hockey Club member Darryl Furness will be riding in the 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Center. Growing Up Through Sports and Darryl partnered together to put on the tournament and raise funds for two causes that are important to all of us.

There was more $3450 raised to go to the Princess Margaret Cancer Center thanks to the participants in the tournament! In addition to the funds raised at the 3 on 3 tournament 20 campers will be able to come to the Growing Up Through Sports Summer Camps this Summer with their registrations being covered! 

Ballhockey.com would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support cause and play in the tournament.

We wish Darryl all the best on his ride, congratulations for reaching your goal Darryl!

Bauer & OGUTS team up to grow the game by sponsoring 50% of the registration cost of new youth players in Brampton

 

BRAMPTON, ON, March 7, 2017– The Brampton Ball Hockey Club is celebrating 10 years providing the community with affordable outdoor ball hockey action at the Powerade Centre.  In celebration we have received the support of Bauer Hockey & OGUTS to offer 240 children the opportunity to experience Canada’s National Sport for only $82.50 (tax included) as a part of the Bauer Grow The Game Initiative and OGUTS mandate to support children participating in sports.

Take advantage of this program by registering online at ballhockey.com/Brampton or visit us in person on Thursday March 9 (5pm to 8:30pm) Saturday March 11 (11am to 3pm) at 7575 Kennedy Road in Brampton (at the Powerade Centre).   Act quick as this program will fill up fast.

The Bauer Grow The Game Initiative is looking to increase hockey participation among those families not currently involved with the sport and to ensure the future of the game by adding 1 million additional players – on top of current participation growth projections – by 2022.

 

Spring registration is on at all clubs; get all the latest news including new youth divisions and new Scarborough league

If you are looking to get out of the house and enjoy some ball hockey action this spring... the time to register is now! Clubs in Barrie, Brampton, Hamilton, Niagara & Scarborough are gearing up to kick off their spring season. Leagues have various discounts and incentives to register early so make sure you are taking advantage of them!

Both the Barrie Ball Hockey Club & Niagara Ball Hockey Club will be offering youth competitive divisions for Under 18, Under 16, Under 14 & Under 12. For youth competitive teams out of other cities we will be hosting a Youth Provincial Championship July 14-16 in Niagara.

We are starting a new league, the Scarborough Ball Hockey Club that will be playing out of the CanLan Sports Complex. This beautiful single rink facility is looking for men, women & youth to help launch the league. Learn more at scarboroughballhockey.com.

In addition to the various leagues a number of new events have been posted that will be happening this year. You can check them all out by clicking here.

For those of you who are looking for different ways to get involved; we are always looking for timekeepers & referees. Please reach out to a rink manager if you are interested in pursuing part time employment.

Finally, we are preparing the next issue of the ballhockey.com Top 25 Ball Hockey Teams in North America. We are looking to start a list for Women's teams as well so please submit your team profile to michael@ballhockey.com.

Greater Boston Saints win second straight Harrisburg Superbowl Bye Week Invitational

Congratulations to the Greater Boston Saints for earning their second straight Superbowl bye week Invitational title, this years game was won in dramatic overtime battle against the Buffalo Fusion.

In the quarterfinals the Saints pulled away from the up and coming Jersey Fresh, 4-0. The Fresh had made the playoffs in their first trip to Harrisburg which was quite an accomplishment.

In the Semis, The Saints recovered from a 2-0 1st period deficit, and controlled the speedy Penn Hills Arsenal for the remainder of the game for a hard fought 4-2 win.

Then in the Finals the long awaited perennial big rink powerhouse Buffalo Fusion, who pulled away from Phoenixville Graffix in the semis. A back and forth affair fittingly went to overtime, as Fusion's Chris Haynes scored with 17 seconds left in the 3rd to tie it. In overtime the teams traded powerplays and punches. Very late in overtime Tournament MVP Andrew Guduco fed a wide open Jeremiah Lynch in the slot, who put it past Fusion goaltender Brandon Junik. Mr Junik played incredible in the playoff round despite the loss.

Tournament organizer George Tarantino would like to thank all who put the time and effort into coming to compete  and said "it is always flattering that you all choose to come to this tiny little town for some top notch ballhockey!"

The 2017 All Tournament team was as follows:

Forwards

Daniel Setacci- Pittsburgh Gods
Bobby Housser- Leominster Red Star
Denis Hickey- Jersey Fresh
Scott Veneziale- Jersey Fresh
Tyler Caba- Phoenixville Graffix
Justin Dunnivan- Penn Hills Arsenal
Ryan Crossey- Penn Hills Arsenal
Ricky Mastropietro- Greater Boston Saints
Cody Warila- Greater Boston Saints
Denny Schlegel- Buffalo Fusion
Michael Christopher Haynes- Buffalo Fusion
Andrew Guduco- Greater Boston Saints
Andrew Maas- Fusion Killer Bees

Defensman

Jason Whitenight- Buffalo Fusion
Taylor Fulmer- Phoenixville Graffix
Mike Williams- Leominster Red Star
Anquan Smith- Penn Hills Arsenal
Jeremiah Lynch- Greater Boston Saints

Goaltenders

Brandon Junik- Buffalo Fusion
Bryce Erb- Phoenixville Graffix
Matt Gilchrest- Greater Boston Saints
Andrew Grivnovics- 4 Aces

Tournament Most Valuable Player - Andrew Guduco- Greater Boston Saints
Tournament Most Valuable Defenseman - Jeremiah Lynch- Greater Boston Saints
Tournament Most Valubable Goalie - Brandon Junik- Buffalo Fusion
"Hardest working man in hockey" - Coby Sweat- Buffalo Fusion

Pete Van Ryn Memorial Tournament is Sold Out! Waiting list started.

The PVR Tournament to be held at the Niagara Ball Hockey Club February 17-19 is now full with 30-32 teams registered to play in the Men’s C, D, Over 35 and Co-ed Tournament.  If you are still hoping to get in, get your team on the waiting list quick directly with Sara at sarak@ballhockey.com  Teams from around Ontario are travelling in with 3 teams attending from Parry Sound.  Should be a blast and a good cause.

Registration opens for ballhockey.com's Niagara March Break sports camp

If you are looking for something fun to keep your kids busy during the upcoming March Break (March 13-17, 2017) the ballhockey.com Athletic Centre will be hosting their yearly sports camp.

Your child will get the opportunity to play ball hockey, indoor soccer, squash as well as a variety of other active games & outdoor fun.

You can register in person at the club or by contacting Sara at sarak@ballhockey.com.

ballhockey.com announces 2017 Youth Provincial Championships taking place July 14-16

ballhockey.com is exciting to announce the 2017 Youth Provincial Championships. This Championship will take place July 14 to 16 in St. Catharines at the ballhockey.com Haig Bowl Arena.

The event will feature four divisions; Under 18 (born 1999 or later), Under 16 (born 2001 or later), Under 14 (born 2003 or later) and Under 12 (born 2005 or later).

Teams participating in Elite Leagues at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club & Niagara Ball Hockey Club this Spring will have an opportunity to earn entry to the tournament by winning their respective club championships. Teams from outside those clubs can enter the tournament by emailing Sara at sarak@ballhockey.com.

The deadline to register for the tournament is July 1. I you have any questions please feel free to call 905-684-7131 or email Sara.

Niagara Ball Hockey Club updates logo to celebrate 10th Anniversary

This Summer will mark 10 years since ballhockey.com's Niagara Ball Hockey Club played their first games back in June 2008. A lot has changed since the days under the dome on Eastchester Ave... but to celebrate we have updated our logo... check it out!

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We also have a few events planned throughout the year to continue the celebration at the club.

Also a quick reminder that this year will be the 8th anniversary of the Pete Van Ryn Memorial Tournament. Registration is underway for the event that is taking place February 17-19. You can get your team registered today by emailing Sara at sarak@ballhockey.com.

The last game was played at Canada's Kandahar Air Field ball hockey rink

A photo of a team ballhockey.com sponsored in front of the old scoreboard from the Barrie Ball Hockey Club that was donated in 2011.

A photo of a team ballhockey.com sponsored in front of the old scoreboard from the Barrie Ball Hockey Club that was donated in 2011.

The iconic Canadian ball hockey rink at Kandahar Airfield, its boards adorned with faded Maple Leaf flags, has been dismantled.

A dozen Canadian embassy staff, including Ambassador Ken Neufeld and a few soldiers, played a final game of shinny last week on the concrete slab in the infield of the airfield’s boardwalk before U.S. army engineers helped take down the boards.

“I gotta say, it was a lot of fun,” Neufeld said. “But it was emotional, too.”

A Canadian soldier on his fourth tour in Afghanistan, who asked that his name not be published because of the sensitive nature of his current work, said that “to be part of the ceremony and bring those boards back, it felt like a healthy closing of a chapter.

Read the full article on the National Press website complete with photos of the dismantling. 

ballhockey.com Top 25 Ball Hockey Teams in North America updated for Jan/Feb 2017

 
 

2016 has been an amazing year for the sport of ball hockey. Heck even as I write this the sport is hitting new heights with the orange ball appearing on the NHL Network this week! 

As the year rounds out we have finalized our last Top 25 list for the year. There are a few new faces and some shake ups in teams 6-25. The Top 5 on the other hand remain the same as the October rankings.

The Montreal Red Lite remain seated as the #1 team in North America. Their continued dominance at a National level has them as the team to beat. Hopefully we can see them face off against a few more teams next year..........

Download the ballhockey.com Top 25 Ball Hockey Teams in North America to read the rest and see where your team stacks up!

Niagara Ball Hockey Club "Originals" division is a throwback to 2007

Death From Above; 2016 Summer "Originals" Champions

Death From Above; 2016 Summer "Originals" Champions

This year the Niagara Ball Hockey Club will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. A lot has changed over those 10 years, but this Summer a group of player who had been around since the beginning came up with an idea for a new division. Why not have a division that is geared toward the “original teams” that had played season after season back at the old rinks on Eastchester.

After a few drinks to hash out the details, club staff and players came to the agreement that the Fall Season would mark the beginning of “The Originals” division.

As the season progressed more teams grew curious about what the Originals was all about and wanted to know how they could be part of it. What was unique about this division is that at the end of each season the team reps will vote in consultation with their players to add new teams.

This group of guys has been a lot of fun to watch, whether it be during their games or in the post-game celebrations. They have rediscovered the meaning of “club” and have really been instrumental in bringing forward a new division that is now a major high light for the Niagara Ball Hockey Club.

A huge congratulations goes out to all teams that participated in the inaugural season, Death From Above, Prestige World Wide, Tonto, Reacharounds, Wolverines and Stonehands!!! This winter we are pleased to welcome these 6 teams back and welcome Dynamo and Legion who were voted into the Originals division.

Best of luck to all teams on a great season, we look forward to seeing who will be voted in for Spring 2017!

Prestige Worldwide; Originals "B" Champions

Wolverines; Originals "C" Champions

Cool Hockey announces 2017 North American Ball Hockey Championships event dates

It's a March Tradition. Cool Hockey Events' North American Ball Hockey Championships. This year's dates have been announced so it's time to book off March 10-12 (Men's C/D, Novice & Rec, Co-ed A & B.) or March 24-26 (Men's A/B, Women's A/B).

The event is expected to sell out by January so get in touch with Jason Kelly today to confirm your team.