Niagara War Pigs win Men’s “A” Championship at 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer

For the third year in a row, the Men's "A" division saw the Toronto Leafs and Niagara War Pigs face off. With the Toronto Leafs having won the first two meetings the War Pigs wasted no time getting the game started. Fantastic goaltending on each end of the floor saw the first period remain scoreless.

Video via Bruised Camera

The War Pigs went into the second period breaking the tie with a goal by Darren Chapman just 47 seconds into the period. Munavar Hamdani and Michael Neilson also scored to give the Pigs the 3-0 advantage. Matt Tremblett set the tone for the third period scoring scoring just 24 seconds into the 3rd period to give the Leafs a two goal deficit. The action was fast and furious at both ends for the remainder of the period but after the Pigs got an empty net goal the writing was on the wall.

Congratulations to the Niagara War Pigs for winning the Men’s “A” Division yesterday at the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships. They defeated the Toronto Leafs 4-2 to win their first WOBHC “A” Championship.

The winning team is Marshall Boyes, Graham Campbell, Jay Capaldi, Jeff Capaldi, Darren Chapman, Sandeep Dhaliwal, James Downes, Michael Formica, Gage Gonyou, Munavar Hamdani, Bram Leggat, Matt Martello, Ryan Nagy, Michael Neilson, Kyle Owsijenko, John Rorison, Michael Stewart, Brian Szolga, Eric Tardif & Joel Vanvliet.

The 2017 World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships will be taking place September 22-24, 2017. 

London Norstar wins Women’s “A” Championship at 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer

Congratulations to the London Norstar for winning the Women’s “A” Division yesterday at the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships. They defeated USA Happy Endings 1-0 to win their first WOBHC “A” Championship.

The lone goal was scored by Emily Rose Galliani Pecchia and assisted by Amanda Donaldson and Brittany Friesen. The game saw both teams have countless opportunities to score but the goaltending of Alessandra Glista (USA) and Danielle Bailey (London) was phenomenal. 

The winning team is Danielle Bailey, Chreistina, Amanda Donaldson, Brittany Friesen, Emily Rose Galliani Pecchia, Megan Haynes, Katrina Jegg, Kelly Librock, Carly Marino, Samantha Mcintosh, Kristina Melhuish, Katelyn Mullett, Annalise Roby, Natalie Roby, Frances Russo & Andrea Walters.

The 2017 World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships will be taking place September 22-24, 2017. 

Stoney Creek Savages win Men’s “B” Championship at 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer

Congratulations to the Stoney Creek Savages for winning the Men’s “B” Division yesterday at the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships. They defeated Niagara’s Most Hated 6-1 to win their first WOBHC “A” Championship.

The winning team is Kevin Allain, Justin Allen, Michael Chenoweth-Durney, Kris Dean, Stephen Diluca, John Dungey, Stuart Forsyth, Pierce Herod, Mike Holditch, Keeryn Horton, Jonathan Leclerc, Russel Mackay, Spencer Mark, Wesley Morrison, Jeremy Palladino, Kyle Robertson, Shane Ruddy & Chad Upper.

The 2017 World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships will be taking place September 22-24, 2017. 

Niagara Beastie Bitches win Women’s “B” Championship at 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer

Congratulations to the Niagara Beastie Bitches for winning the Women’s “B” Division yesterday at the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships. They defeated Barrie Rookie Blues 4-1 to win their first WOBHC “B” Championship.

The winning team is Siobhan Black, Melissa Boal, Bailee Buckmaster, Ashley Carney, Carla Dangelo, Ashley Danielle, Kylie Dempster, Michelle Edgar, Patricia Macdonald, Marissa Mcmullan, Melissa MIller, Brittany Nagy & Andrea Perry.

The 2017 World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships will be taking place September 22-24, 2017. 

Barrie Maple Kings win Men’s “C” Championship at 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer

Congratulations to the Barrie Maple Kings for winning the Men’s “C” Division yesterday at the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships. They defeated the Niagara Chiefs 9-3 to win their first WOBHC “C” Championship.

The winning team is Jason Binnie, Darren Boddington, Matt Brown, Matt Cantin, Mitch Cantin, Joey Cochrane, Garrett Graves, Tye Greschuk, David Jones, Zach Leduc, Ryan Pipher, Derick Robertson, Jordan Schwartz, Jazz Singh, Curtis Warren, Gordie Weiss & Mathew White.

The 2017 World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships will be taking place September 22-24, 2017. 

Keep an eye out for "The Hockey Film" shooting footage at the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships

The Hockey Film, a movie produced by Chris Aylward will be at the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships this weekend capturing footage of games, interviewing players and capturing some awesome imagery.

Check out their trailer below "The Frozen Playground" to get an idea of the awesome work they are doing. Make sure to say hi if you see them around! You may even end up in their movie!

Register for the Men's Over 35 / Co-Ed World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships in St. Catharines

On October 14-16, 2016 the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships Men's Over 35 & Co-Ed events will be taking place at the ballhockey.com Athletic Centre in St. Catharines. Registration is on now and the event is expected to sell out again this year. You can submit a roster form by clicking here.

This year, a new structure for the Coed event will be introduced with all teams pooled in a single division and then split into an A & B pool after preliminary games are played.

Also new this year is that participants in the Men’s Over 35 are required to be born in 1981 or earlier.  Unlike previous years birth year will be the new eligibility base and underage participants will no longer be applicable.

For both the Coed A & Men's Over 35 divisions a $1,000 prize has been added to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.

For Questions regarding the 2016 Niagara event, contact Sara Krug at sarak@ballhockey.com

Women's Open Division to see 14 teams compete at the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships

There are only 7 days remaining until the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer and the Women's Open division is going to be one to watch all weekend long! 14 teams are set to compete in the three day tournament but only one will get to lift the “A” championship trophy on Sunday evening.  The Women will play three preliminary games and then 6 will advance to the Women’s “A” Championship and 6 will advance to the Women’s “B” Championship on Sunday.

The defending champions, Barrie Pie (Post Holes Plus this year), will be back and ready to defend their “A” title in their hometown. No strangers to the WOBHC tournament, the ladies are expected to bring a strong roster and a loud fan base to cheer them on.  This year there are two teams travelling up with Cool Hockey Events to represent the USA. If you haven't watched their scrimmages or games on coach Jason Kelly's facebook.... let us tell you that they are bringing two groups of girls ready to play! When we watched them back at the North American Ball Hockey Championships in Philadelphia they were fast on the ball, quick to pass and deadly when it came to putting the ball in the back of the net.

The Niagara region is also expected to have a great showing as well with the Beastie Bitches travelling into town. The Beastie Bitches core was dominate in 2012-2014 winning the Women's B three consecutive times and have won a OBHA Indoor Women’s Championship in 2016. We can't wait to see what their roster looks like this year!  Orillia District 12 has won a North American Championship and is always a strong contender and we expect London Norstar, Midland F*ck Cancer, Timmin’s Babes, Ottawa Blackouts, Winthrow Knights, Barrie Donaleighs and Team Heggarty to challenge the pre-tournament favourites.

Stay tuned this weekend as we release the event schedule and continue to provide previews for the event. A reminder, spectators and fans are free to come out and watch the tournament action! Games begin on Friday evening and continue through until Sunday evening.  Good luck to everyone participating !!

 

36 Teams set to compete in Men's B division at the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships

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On Friday September 23rd the ball will drop to begin the 20th Anniversary Ballhockey.com World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer. The Men's B/C division will see a record 36 teams facing off but only one being crowned B champion by the time the sun sets on Sunday evening.  Ask anybody who has played in this event; this marathon is the most gruelling ball hockey tournament on the planet. In order to win Men's B a team will play 7 games in 48 hours. Past events have seen everything from extreme heat to snow and hail, but luckily this year the weather network is calling for nothing but sunshine with temperatures between 16-24°C.

The Rose City Kings (previously Welland Kings) will be back again this year looking to defend their championship. They are known to be an explosive young team and the rumour is that this years team is stronger than ever.  The defending Men's C champions, The Toronto Hall of Famers, will be looking to build off of what they learned last year and take a run at the B division.

As always, the Niagara region will be sending a number of strong teams. One to keep an eye on will be the St. Catharine’s Punishers. This year they have won the OBHA and OBHF Tier 3 Provincial Championships, finished 2nd at the Gateway to the WOBHC tournament and they have consistently had strong performances at past WOBHC tournaments. We reached out to team captain John Rodney and asked what will be key to their game to see the Punishers win their first WOBHC championship and he said "Coming together as a team 15 years ago was the beginning, staying together over the years was progress and now working together will be our success at worlds!".

With the event being hosted at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club it is no surprise to see 8 Barrie teams registered and ready to play. Home court advantage does not seem to be a factor in past events though with Barrie teams only winning it all in 2014 (Barrie Maple Kings) and 1999 (Barrie Capitals). Randy Kelly's Barrie Flyers are another team to watch this year because They have been building their depth and have pulled together a pretty good team at the B level.

This event has a number of other notable teams travelling in. The team representing USA Ball Hockey managed by Jason Kelly & Cool Hockey Events is a collection of some of the best players from across the United States. Team Saskatchewan led by Jeff Lainey and Oskayak Ball Hockey led by Delaney Okemow will both be travelling in from Saskatchewan to participate in the event for the first time. From the other side of Ontario we also have Hull Volant travelling in from Quebec to take their run at the championship.

The best part about this event is that you can never predict what is going to happen. The best roster doesn't mean anything once the ball drops. Perseverance, grit and a thirst to win can out match the biggest names. This event is anyones to win and we can't wait to watch all 36 teams hit the floor next week.  This event is free to watch for spectators. Games will begin at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club on Friday around 6pm and continue through until Sunday evening.

Toronto Leaf looking to win third consecutive Men's A title at the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships

The Toronto Leaf's after winning the 2015 Men's A Championship

The Toronto Leaf's after winning the 2015 Men's A Championship

With only 10 days until the ball drops to kick off the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships one team that is ready to go is the Toronto Leafs. They won the Men's A division in both 2014 and 2015 and are bringing a stacked roster to compete again this year.

There are only teams who have won this division back to back, the other being the St. Catharines Wizards. The Wizards were able to win the championship the first three years of the WOBHC tournament in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Both the Leafs and Wizards have won the WOBHC Men's Championship 5 times.

We asked Chrissy Morrison Jr. what it is going to take to win a third consecutive championship and he said they will need "commitment & character on and off the floor. Every team is out to beat us, we need to respect our opponents but also have that swagger on and off the floor".

The men's portion of the tournament is sold out. Games start on Friday September 23rd at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club. Come out to watch some of the best ball hockey in the world. The event is free for spectators.

20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships 2 teams away from being sold out

As of Wednesday September 8 the upcoming Barrie leg of the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships is just two teams away from being sold out.

If you have not yet registered your team this is your last chance to do so. You can sign up by clicking on 2016 WOBHC under Our Events at the top.

If you have any questions about this years event please reach out to Sara via email --> sarak@ballhockey.com.

We look forward to sharing more information about the teams and divisions as things get finalized. This is going to be an event to remember!

Kingston ball hockey tournament raises $12,000 for the Boys and Girls Club

Mandy Marciniak/Metroland

Mandy Marciniak/Metroland

NHL star Taylor Hall made a special visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area on Aug. 30. The hockey player visited with campers at the club, but he also presented a $12,000 cheque to the organization.

Mandy Marciniak/Metroland

Mandy Marciniak/Metroland

The funds were raised through the third annual ball hockey tournament in support of the Boys and Girls Club, which was held in the Metro parking lot at Princess and Barrie Streets on Saturday, July 23. Hall hosted the tournament this year and he was happy with the turnout.

“It was so great to see all the kids with the players and just how much fun they were having,” he said. “It was a special day.” 

The Boys and Girls Club is a cause that is close to Hall and he was happy to visit and bring news of the funds that were raised to the kids.

“I used the Boys and Girls Club as a kids so it is important for me to give back,” he said. 

The funds raised will go towards a variety of programming at both the Kingston and Gananoque Boys and Girls Clubs.

Article & Photos by Mandy Marcinia via KingstonRegion.com.

Fall ball hockey starts tomorrow; September updates to keep you in the know!

September is here which mean's two things. Kids are heading back to school tomorrow and fall ball hockey is starting up around the country!

Our new Scarborough league is close to getting started! Sign up today by visiting scarboroughballhockey.com. It is a Thursday night co-ed draft league! 

Schedules for adult leagues are posted for all clubs. If you are sitting here debating putting in a team... well it is not too late! Give your local club a call and they will get you squeezed in.

There are still a couple of weeks until kids leagues begin and registration is still underway. You can sign up your children online by selecting a club from the menu at the top.

We've just hit 1,000 followers on our instagram. Just a reminder if you tag us in your photos and use the hashtag #ballhockeycom you have a chance to be featured!

Finally, the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer are fast approaching. The Men's & Women's events in Barrie are 18 days away (taking place September 23-25) and the Over 35 & Coed will be happening in St. Catharines October 14-16. You still have time to register a team and compete!

We look forward to seeing you on the floor!

ASHI Hockey Masters General Manager Jamie Cooke Resigns

A famous early 20th century American author once said… “On the journey of life, it really comes down to a handful of people you meet who you impact your life that you truly admire and remember the rest of your life.”  When it comes to people who have had an impact on many people’s lives in the sport of ball hockey, few can compare to Masters Division General Manager Jamie Cooke.

“With great appreciation for all he has done for the sport, the community, the national programs, and for ASHI, we have accepted Jamie’s letter of resignation.  Jamie has indicated that it is time for him to move on and do other things with his life, and we fully respect Jamie’s decision.  We certainly don’t want to see him go, but Jamie can step away knowing that he left the Masters program and ASHI in a much better place than he found it.  And for that, along with a host of other things he’s accomplished which are too numerous to mention, I’ve accepted Jamie’s decision.  We are going to miss his dedication, passion and energy that he always brought to the table.”said ASHI Executive Director Ricky Laperriere.

ASHI Vice President Mike DeFazio added – “Jamie is the definition of an ambassador of the game, both in the United States and on the International level. Players around the country have the utmost respect for Jamie, and he is the leader and the voice of the generation that helped make this game great. It will be impossible to replace Jamie and his leadership within the organization, but we very much appreciate everything he has done with this sport.”

Jamie had this to say – ” I am moving on for new life experiences with my four kids and love of my life Claudia, I don’t move on from the sport as I plan to enjoy it as a player as long as my body allows. I move on as being a formal leader in the sport which takes dedication and time which I don’t and will not have. I simply don’t do things unless I am 100% committed.

I move on knowing the leadership vacuum will be filled with great people who share my love for our sport. I feel good about that. I leave self fulfilled as I know the sport is in a better place now then when I came to be a contributing leader.”

Read the rest of the announcement and see some great pictures at the ASHI Hockey Site here.

Bauer World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships Update; Women's Open division heating up!

With only 22 days remaining until the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships presented by Bauer the Women's Open division is gearing up to be quite the battle!

12 teams from across Ontario and the USA will be competing to take home Championship Gold as well as the $1,000 cash prize introduced for the 20th Anniversary. All eyes will be on the USA Happy Endings as they are coming off a strong win at the Cool Hockey North American Ball Hockey Championships in March.

Niagara's Beastie B*tches will also be one to watch having just won the OBHA Women's Provincial Championships.

Teams from DC, Barrie, Ottawa, Orillia, Toronto and more have also confirmed and the rosters we've seen so far lead us to believe there is going to be some great competition on the floor!

There is still time to get registered for this years event. To bring your team out to this year's event please contact Sara Krug at sara@ballhockey.com.

New Thursday Night Co-ed Rec League in Scarborough starting this September!

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Attention hockey fans in the GTA! This Fall ballhockey.com & CanLan Ice Sports have partnered to bring Co-Ed recreational ball hockey to the city of Scarborough!

This draft league will play on Thursday evenings starting on September 15th. It will include a 10 game regular season and end on Saturday November 19th with a playoff tournament & season ending party.

The goal of the league will be to provide a fun, enjoyable place to play the game we love. If you think you are going to get a tryout for the Maple Leafs playing here, it's not the right league....

If you want to make some new friends and have fun playing hockey... click here to get signed up!

 

Travelodge is the place to stay for the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships

With just under a month to go until the 20th Anniversary World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships it's time to get your rooms booked! This year Travelodge is the official host hotel and they have rooms set aside for our teams! 

The hotel features:

  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Complimentary Hot and Cold Breakfast Buffet
  • Fridges and Microwaves in ALL Guestrooms
  • Free High Speed Wireless Internet
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Guest Parking
  • 2 Minutes away from the Barrie Ball Hockey Club

Full details are available by downloading their flyer here (feel free to send it to your teammates!). In house reservations can be made by calling 705.722.4466 or emailing gsm@travelodgebarrieonbayfield.com before September 9 2016!

See you in Barrie!