Help Support a Local Competitive Youth Team and Get Your Game On! - Rebellious 3v3 Tournament

Help Support a Local Competitive Youth Team and Get Your Game On! - Rebellious 3v3 Tournament

The Welland Rebels are a local competitive youth team who fields teams in three age ranges and play a large variety of tournaments across the region and beyond. Welland (570 River Rd.) is hosting a 3v3 tournament on Saturday, August 18th, 2018, with part of the proceeds going to support all of the travel costs associated with the team. Welland Needs Players for Men's C Division!


We are currently have a team looking for players who would like to play in the Men's C division at our Welland location. Whether you are a current C player looking for a team, or a D player looking to improve your skills or compete at a higher level against better players, from Welland or the surrounding area, WE WANT YOU! We have two beautiful rinks located close to the 406. Contact Sara St.Jean today to get the details! Email her at or call 905-734-1040. & BHi Announce New Working Relationship & BHi Announce New Working Relationship & BHi are pleased to announce a new working relationship that will unite all four of the Niagara area facilities under the banner effective March 1. Both entities will combine their resources to provide their customers with easy access to a mix of indoor and outdoor multi-sport facilities in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, and Welland. Click here for the press release and further details.

Exciting Changes Coming to Leagues in 2018!


The upcoming Spring season marks the start of our 2018 year at, and with that we are excited to announce a few changes to our rules in an effort to better your game experience. Beginning this Spring season, we will be adding an additional 2 minutes of play time to every game. Our new format with see our period structure change to 10-10-12, with the 3rd and final period now being 12 minutes in length. The addition of two minutes per game over the guaranteed 14 game season will provide all players an additional game of playing time.

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We are also excited to introduce one more rule change surrounding our icing rule by introducing hybrid icing. You've seen this introduced in the NHL with success and now it is coming to So how does hybrid icing work?

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#1. The official must determine that the ball will cross the goal line.

#2. If the attacking team player will get to the ball first, as determined by which player reaches the end zone face-off dot first, then icing shall be waved off and play continues. If the defending player reaches the end zone face-off dot first OR if the race is too close to determine at that time, icing shall still be called.

The move to hybrid icing will add an additional element to the game that will allow for a more open game on our smaller-sized rinks, while still eliminating concerns for player safety that exist with touch icing.

We were excited last year with the introduction of the 3 on 3 Overtime format, which turned out to be a favourite among the players and is definitely a change that is here to stay. We're hoping the introduction of two other changes will add some additional excitement to the game. Have a suggestion for a rule change? Email us at Top 25 Teams - January 2018


The January 2018 edition of the Top 25 sees a new #1 team on top of the field in the Midnight Express after winning the 2017 Bauer Clash of the Titans. They took the #1 spot away from the Pittsburgh Gods after defeating them in this year's Clash of the Titans championship game.

The Boston Saints see themselves move up one spot in the rankings after a strong showing at the Clash of the Titans tournament earned them a semi-final finish. The Toronto Metro Orangemen are the only team to fall out of the Top 5 after a disappointing tournament, where they failed to advance past the round robin.

The biggest move sees the Barrie Flyers moving up 6 positions after their clinching the title at the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships in Barrie. This was a long time coming for the Flyers who have been competing in the tournament as the home team for many years and now sit at #11 on the rankings.

Other changes include the Buffalo Fusion falling 5 spots; the Ottawa Godfathers & North York Hitmen flipping positions after the Hitmen defeated the Godfathers in the elimination rounds at the Clash; The Richmond Hill Falcons moved up to 13 after a strong Clash showing, and the Vaughan Redwings earned a spot in the rankings at #19.

Upcoming Opportunities to Compete:
January 26-28 – Bye Week Championships, Harrisburg, PA, USA
March 2018 – Cool Hockey Events 2018 North American Championships, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Let me know if I am missing your team or an event that should be sanctioned by as qualifying to be included in our assessment of the top teams in North America.

Brian Broley
President & CEO
BHC Sports Properties
Ball Hockey Ontario &

Clash of the Titans Recap, All Star Teams & Career Winnings

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The 2017 Clash of the Titans featured 14 of the top teams in North America competing for a $14,000 cash prize pool. This year's final four team features three familiar faces in Midnight Express, Pittsburgh Gods & the Niagara Rebels, and also included newcomers to the tournament the Bauer Saints. 

The round robin saw the two home town teams Niagara Rebels & Niagara War Pigs finish the round robin as the only two teams to go 3-0-0. The other two teams earning a bye to the quarterfinals included the Bauer Saints & Midnight Express. On the other end of the spectrum, the Toronto Rage failed to qualify going 0-3. The team to join them on the outs, turned out to be the reigning Ontario Tier 1 Champions Toronto Orangemen, who failed to qualify after finishing the round robin in a complete tie with the Savage Punishers. In a first for the Clash tournament, every tiebreak was dead even between the two teams, and instead of letting the flip of a coin determine who advanced, a 5 man shootout saw Darryl Wilkes of the Punishers score to advance the Punishers into the elimination rounds.

Saturday night's elimination games saw the Richmond Hill Falcons, Pittsburgh Gods, North York Hitmen & Barrie Flyers advance with wins over the Savages Punishers (6-3), Buffalo Fusion (4-0), Ottawa Godfathers (3-2 in shootout) and Vaughan Redwings 5-0 respectfully. 

In the quarterfinal matchups, three of the four top seeds advanced with the Niagara Rebels defeating the North York Hitmen 4-0, the Bauer Saints topped the Barrie Flyers 2-0 and the Midnight Express bettered the Richmond Hill Falcons 4-1. In the lone upset, the Pittsburgh Gods defeated the Niagara War Pigs 2-0.

In the semifinals, the Pittsburgh Gods continued their dominant run, after a wakeup call first game of the tournament that saw them lose 6-1 to the Niagara Rebels. They managed to hold the tournament's highest scoring team, the Bauer Saints to only one goal, while burying four on route to a 4-1 victory. In the other semi-final, two familiar foes of the tournament went head to head. The Niagara Rebels were unable to take advantage of eight powerplays including two separate five-on-threes, and as a result fell to the eventual champions, the Midnight Express. In the Championship game, the Midnight Express jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the Pittsburgh Gods goaltender appeared to suffer and battle a leg injury. The Gods made it a 2-1 game before Midnight quickly answered back, on their way to their second consecutive Clash of the Titans title.



Tournament All - Star Teams



Forward - Kevin Kuzmarski, Niagara Rebels - 5 Goals, 6 Assists.

Forward - Aaron Haine, Pittsburgh Gods - 5 Goals, 5 Assists.

Forward - Korey Wilson, Bauer Saints - 1 Goal, 8 Assists.

Defensemen - Bobby Housser, Midnight Express - 3 Goals, 6 Assists.

Defensemen - Evan Huckalo, Niagara Rebels - 3 Goals, 2 Assists

Goalie-Dave DiGironimo, Midnight Express-5-0, 2.00 GAA, .902 Sv%


Forward - JK Gill, Midnight Express - 4 Goals, 4 Assists

Forward - Adam Bevilaqua, Midnight Express - 4 Goals, 3 Assists

Forward - Alberto Cucchiara, Rich. Hill Falcons - 3 Goals, 3 Assists.

Defensemen - Matt Tremblett, Midnight Express - 2 Goals, 3 Assists.

Defensemen - Roy Duttine, Pittsburgh Gods - 2 Assists

Goalie - John Rethage, Pittsburgh Gods - 5-2, 2.14 GAA, .893 Sv%

For a complete listing of the schedule, round robin standing, players statistics, & goalie statistics, visit the tournament home page.



1. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, $23,400 - 2017 & 2016 Champions, 2015 & 2014 Finalists, 2013 Semifinalists. 

2. NIAGARA REBELS, $18,600 - 2015 & 2013 Champions, 2017, 2016, & 2014 Semifinalists. 

3. PITTSBURGH GODS, $12,600 - 2014 Champions, 2017 Finalists, 2016 Semifinalists.

4. TORONTO ORANGEMEN, $2,800 - 2016 Finalists.

5. BUFFALO FUSION, $2,000 - 2013 Finalists.

6. BAUER SAINTS, $1,400 - 2017 Semifinalists.

6. NORTH YORK HITMEN, $1,400 - 2015 Semifinalists.

6. NIAGARA MONARCHS, $1,400 - 2015 Semifinalists.

6. NIAGARA WAR PIGS, $1,400 - 2014 Semifinalists.

10. BARRIE FLYERS, $1,000 - 2013 Semifinalists.




























Thanks to all teams who participated in this year's event. We look forward to hosting you all again at our events in 2018/



2017 Clash of the Titans Schedule Released

The schedule for this weekend's big event has been officially released. Please see the schedule below to find out when your favourite team is playing. Keep tabs on the weekend's results by visiting the Clash of the Titans tournament page, where there will be live standings & player statistics. WeeStream will also be live streaming all games on Sunday. Links will be posted and available on the tournament page. Come and check out the highest talent around in this weekend's event.


Winter Sports Camp returns to the BAC!

Returning this winter to the BAC! Growing Up Through Sports will be offering Winter Holiday Sports Camp. Our camps are a great way to keep your kids active and having a great time while on break from school.

We offer daily and full week registration for all campers. Our camp day starts at 8am and runs until 5pm. Campers will have an opportunity to play ball hockey, indoor soccer, squash, basketball and a variety of active games. Each activity is broken down into a skills session where campers will learn the  basic skills of the sport followed by playing the sport. Our camps have some equipment for campers to borrow if they do not have their own, but are welcome and encouraged to bring their own if possible. To register please email, or visit the Pro Shop at 16 Melbourne Avenue St.Catharines, inside the Athletic Center. We hope to see your camper this holiday season!


Mighty Duck Blues Band Returns to The Bar Upstairs at the B.A.C. September 23rd


The Mighty Duck Blues Band will return to The Bar Upstairs on Saturday September 23rd, 2017. The Mighty Duck Blues Band features Dave Curry (guitar/vocals), Dave Torosian (keyboards), Jim Casson (drums/vocals) and Gary Kendall (bass/vocals). The band recently released their first album, Duck Soup. See their article in the St Catharines Standard discussing the band and their new album 

The Mighty Duck Blues Band performs every Saturday 2:30pm-6:30pm at The Bar Upstairs at the Athletic Centre located at 16 Melbourne Avenue, St. Catharines. Be sure to stop by and check them out this fall! Top 25 Teams - August 2017

Well, the game is changing and as such, I have made some adjustments to the North American Top 25 list. The most major change is the shift of the Montreal Red Lite out of the top spot for the first time. They did not participate in the 2017 Canadian Championships and have not been seen in any other major events over the past few years. Their storied history over 25 years at the Canadian National level has been the benchmark for the sport and they will remain “The team to beat” until such time as they are not competing.

I believe the teams ranked ahead of them are currently earning that position with victories over the past 12 months.

I believe the Pittsburgh Gods have had a serious resurgence and won the 2017 North American Championships to earn the # 1 spot in our Summer release. They will be in Barrie in September for the Bauer WOBHC & in St. Catharines in December for the Clash of the Titans. I would expect you could count on them to compete in Harrisburg in January 2018 and defend their North American title in Philadelphia in March 2018. With one of the best coaches in the game leading them, this franchise has been a significant contributor to the sport at International levels downward for a number of years.

The Edmonton Savages have been climbing the ladder with trips to the Canadian National’s over a number of years. As the 2017 Champion this past weekend, they have earned a higher ranking and have been moved into the # 2 spot as a result. A major leap for a major win, but I believe earned.

Midnight Express had their first trip to the Nationals this year, but did not fare as they had hoped. They remain one of the top franchises in Ontario though with a strong Summer in Tier 1 and continued strong performances in the Bauer Clash of the Titans (Defending Champions) and at the Bauer World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships (the only 5 time winner). They will be in both events this year.

The Metro Orangemen have won the Ontario Tier 1 Summer 2017 title. Some new player pick-ups may see the Orangemen continue to grow their long term reputation within the sport. They are a 3 time winner of the Bauer WOBHC and a finalist from the 2016 Bauer Clash of the Titans.

The Boston Saints continue to win a lot south of the border (defending 2 time Bye Week Champions) and are confirmed for their first trip to the Bauer Clash of the Titans in December 2017. Recently they went 17-0 against other top US Teams.

Upcoming Opportunities to Compete:
September 22-24 – Bauer World Outdoor Championships, Barrie ON
December 1-3 – Bauer Clash of the Titans, Niagara, ON
January 26-28 – Bye Week Championships, Harrisburg, PA, USA
March 2018 – Cool Hockey Events 2018 North American Championships, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Let me know if I am missing your team or an event that should be sanctioned by as qualifying to be included in our assessment of the top teams in North America. This one should create some chatter I’m sure ……… Cheers.

Bauer World Outdoor Championships –
Barrie Sept 22-24, 2017 / Niagara Oct 13-15, 2017
Bauer Clash of the Titans – Niagara Dec 01-03, 2017

Brian Broley
President & CEO
BHC Sports Properties
Ball Hockey Ontario &

WOBHC Barrie Over 80% Sold Out!

The World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships event held in Barrie has reached 80% of its maximum capacity.

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This week, the Men's A, Women's A/B. & Men's B/C portion of the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships event, which will be held in Barrie on the weekend of September 22nd-24th, reached a confirmed 54 teams. The maximum capacity for this portion of the event is 64 meaning there are only 10 spots left available for teams still contemplating submitting a team.

All of last year's champions have confirmed their entry and will be back to defend their title, including Niagara War Pigs (Men's A), London Norstar (Women's A), Stoney Creek Savages (Men's B), Niagara Beastie Bitches (Women's B) & Barrie Maple Kings (Men's C). Is this the year your team clinches the title? Make sure you register & help us make this our biggest year yet!

Just a reminder that no spot is guaranteed secure until a deposit for the tournament has been paid. If you have a team that is contemplating playing in our biggest event of the year, get in touch with Kevin St. Jean at right away.

Bauer Ontario Youth Championships Recap & Photos

The Niagara Ball Hockey Club welcomed teams from across Ontario as well as a couple of teams from south of the border in New Jersey this past weekend as some of the top youth players competed for their chance to be crowned an Ontario Youth Champion. There were 21 teams competing across four divisions based on age groups, with no two age categories being won by the same city or township. 

Thank you to all players, coaches, parents & spectators for a great weekend all around. We hope to see all teams return next year, and welcome new teams to make next year's event even better.

Event Photos:

This weekend's winners are listed below:

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Coaches: Brian Heus, Wade Stafford, Derek Crowthers    

Team Roster: Arthur Belanger, Cole Crowthers, Campbell Harmsworth, Ashton Heus, Landon Heus, Jayden Kewell, Kaleb Kewell, Garrett Liddiard, Jhovanny Orellana, Seth Ranieri, Levi Roest, Travis Savoie, Carter Secord, Logan Stafford, Dyson Vandelaar, & Kadeam Williams.

The Niagara Storm defeated Barrie Dry Ice Danglers 7-4 in a back & forth championship game, ending with two empty-net goals. The two teams had battled to a 3-3 draw earlier in the round robin.


Coaches: John Gallen, Chris Convery

Team Roster: Brandon Clark, Dylan Convery, Ryan Convery, Brady Dunn, Matthew Egan, Michael Ermel, William Gallen, Aidan Higgins, Liam Higgins, Tristan Hoffstrom, Ryan McCormick, Zack McErlain, Carson O'Connell, Michael Stettler, Sean Tolentino.

The GT Panthers capped their undefeated weekend with Brady Dunn scoring a hat-trick in the first period en route to a 10-2 win in the championship game over the local Dusty Flambos. 





Coaches: Ted Wilson, Dion Sheppard, Chris Lewis

Team Roster: Ben Battaglia, Avery Bernardi, Matt Burnett, Jamieson Craig, Hunter Godmere, Daniel Greeley, Alex Henry, Brett Hodgson, Nolan Hodgson, Brendan Kennedy, Adam Lewis, Chase Marklinger, Jeremy Saint, Logan Sheppard, Adam Soos, Kip Wilson.

The Barrie Vipers & GT Panthers met for the second time this weekend in the Championship game. The round robin game was a physical battle. In the final, Barrie jumped to a 2-0 lead, before the GT Panthers made it 2-1 at the start of the 3rd period. Barrie added 3 more, winning the Championship with a 5-1 victory.

Coaches: Chad Mack, Dean Strong, Michael Villella, Michael Prytula

Team Roster: Noah Belanger, Noah Caperchione, Josh Croteau, Anthony Dagostino, Chris Dinnocenzo, Sam Leclair, Daniel Legault, David Legault, Nolan Lynds, Dylan Main, Dallas McKee, Ty Stadnyk, Brodie Thomas, Nick Vilella, Hunter Wilson, Orion Woychenko.

The weekend's U18 final came down between the Welland Knights & Niagara Aces, two teams familiar with each other through various tournaments. The game was a penalty filled affair with the Aces getting into some late penalty trouble allowing the Knights to score two powerplay goals to seal the deal.




To see this weekend's full results, please visit our event page.


See everyone at next year's event!