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Around the nation in our sport – Orlando, FL
In our first “Around the nation in our sport” we head to the Sunshine State. Derek Miller an Allentown, PA native moved to Florida after he spent some time in the military. Derek’s passion for the game started in Allentown playing with the Infernos in the Allentown Street Hockey League where he won Rookie of year in his first year playing. From playing in leagues to joining the tournament circuit with some local friends he found himself in new territory with a dwindling league in the Orlando area. Like a leader he is, Derek stepped up and the league has since been rejuvenated. Find out more about Orlando Ball Hockey League: Website: Orlando Ball Hockey League Website Facebook: Orlando Ball Hockey Facebook Page Rink Location: Greenwood Lakes Park 660 Green Way Blvd, Lake Mary, FL 32746 Derek took some time to sit and talk with us: How did you start the Orlando Ball Hockey League? The OBHL got started initially under a different name, Greater Orlando Dek Hockey Association before I was even in town years ago. Dan Bokuniewicz started the league originally in January 2011. I feel they deserve credit for being the “Grandfathers” of Orlando Ball Hockey as a whole. It wasn’t […]
Women’s Team USA Captains Announced
Bronson and Pokora named USA Women’s National Team Captains Aidonidis, Foley, Gaudiel and Glista named assistant captains WINCHENDON, Mass. – ASHI Team USA Women’s Division General Manager Jason Kelly announced today that Julia Bronson and Tiffany (Pfundt) Pokora have been named co-captains for the Women’s National Team that will compete at the 2017 ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship June 3-10 in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Eleni Aidonidis, Kelly Foley, Roxanne Gaudiel and Alessandra Glista have been named assistant captains. Co-captain Julia Bronson (Arlington, VA) served as an assistant captain for Team USA at the 2015 ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship in Zug, SUI. A four-year standout on Dartmouth University’s Women’s Ice Hockey team, she also competed for two seasons in the Czech Women’s Extraliga for HC Slavia Praha. Co-captain Tiffany (Pfundt) Pokora (Flushing, MI) was a member of the 2015 Women’s Team that finished fourth in Zug. The University of Michigan graduate scored two goals and had six penalty minutes in six games. “I feel incredibly honored to have been selected for this role,” said Pokora. “It’s taken my motivation, pride and excitement for this experience to a whole new level!” An assistant captain in […]
Men’s Team USA Roster Update
The following players have earned a spot on the Men’s 2017 roster after careful consideration. -Great Boston Saints Forward Josh Merchant -Jersey Fresh Center Denis Hickey This is Josh’s 3rd time cracking the lineup for the Men’s team. Josh is an accomplished MVP caliber tournament player with an excellent attitude and great all around skill set. Denis Hickey’s great all around feel for the center position gave him the edge over several other qualified players to take the last forward position. The former Junior team captain has all the tools to be a top player for the red, white and blue. Also joining the coaching staff as the statistician is Dan Gregory. Part of Head Coach Corey Herschk’s approach is collecting and using key data during the week of the tournament. Keeping these stats is an important role on the team, and one Dan is looking forward to.
Super Bowl Bye Week Invitational
In its 11th year the Super Bowl Bye Week Invitational is one of the most anticipated tournaments around for the elite teams in the tournament circuit. Twelve of the top teams in the country will be battling for the championship title in one of the most prestigious tournaments around. This years teams are Buffalo Fusion, Fusion Killer Bees, Sloth Fathers, Jersey Fresh, Pittsburgh Gods, GDPC Arsenal, 4 Aces, Leominster Rams, Leominster Americans, Phoenixville Graffix, Rhode Island Rage and the defending champion Great Boston Saints. This year the event will be live streamed by Joey Delgado and Memory to Video Productions. Games can be viewed directly on MVP’s website Live Stream Link Host of the event George Tarantino and his staff provide the follow write up on their Facebook Page regarding the teams in the event: 4 Aces- For the second straight year the Aces enter the tournament. This year’s roster is quite diverse with players from Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Chicago. The team is anchored by Casper’s goaltender Andrew Grivnovics, who is one of the games’ best. The Aces narrowly missed the playoff round last year, and are hungry for a Sunday game Buffalo Fusion is back and […]
NHL Now on Ball Hockey
Growing and promoting the sport is a primary focus for us at ASHI and tonight our sport gets recognized on a national level by the NHL Network. The difference between ice hockey and ball hockey will be a topic in one of the segments tonight between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET on the NHL Network’s NHL Now show. The show will also cover Team USA and its chances in the upcoming 2017 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Tonight the show is hosted by E.J. Hradek, Michelle McMahon and Jamison Coyle. What’s incredible about this is the diligence of one of our own to make this happen. Dan Coldwell of the MLB/NHL Network has wanted to do this for years. Now that the sport is growing and more organized he felt the timing was right. As Coordinating Producer he was able to get the show topic approved and aired. This is tremendous for the sport and a very special thank you goes out to Dan for his efforts. Who is Dan Coldwell? Dan has won 8 Sports Emmy Awards, 3 with ESPN and 5 with the MLB Network. He grew up near Phoenixville, PA. Graduating from Temple University […]
2017 Tournament List Released
We have reached out to the ball hockey community and received a tremendous response. We have successfully put together a tournament list with as much information as possible to help promote and grow the sport. There is everything from Youth Tournaments to Elite Adult Tournaments. On the tournament list page you will find 3 tabs to view various tournaments. All Tournaments tab has the complete list from Men’s to Youth, Women & Coed tab has the list of all women’s and coed tournaments and finally Youth Tournaments tab has all of the youth tournaments up to Freshman. On our tournament list page you can also submit tournaments if you know of something not on the list. Please help us grow the list to represent all of the United States and Canada. Direct link to the list: http://ashihockey.org/tournament-list/
USA Women’s Team Participate in Holiday Bash Tournament
USA Women’s National Team Shines at Holiday Bash Tournament WINCHENDON, Mass. – Members of ASHI’s USA Women’s National Team participated at the 2016 Cool Hockey Holiday Bash Tournament this past weekend in Feasterville, PA. In preparation for the 2017 ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship that will be held June 3-10 in Pardubice, Czech Republic, members of the team competed in the Women’s A, Women’s B and Co-Ed Divisions. In the Women’s A Division, 10 members played on the championship team Happy Endings: Stefanie Caban (Fitchburg, MA), Haley Frade (New Bedford, MA), Roxanne Gaudiel (Venice, FL), Alessandra Glista (Boston, MA), Nikki Gnozzio (Denville, New Jersey), Amber Moore (Sunnyvale, CA), Erica Simpson (Concord, NH), Taylor Steadman (Hartford, VT), Cherie Stewart (Lake Forest, CA), and Lindsay Wilde (Billerica, MA). Steadman captured the Most Valuable Player award and Caban, the youngest member of Team USA at the age of 16, was awarded the Most Valuable Defenseman award. Gaudiel, Moore and Stewart also played on the Women’s B Division winning team from New York City, Slayher, with Stewart winning the division’s MVP award. In addition, Women’s National Team members competed in the Co-Ed Division. Lindsey Bitler (Reading, PA) and Tiffany Pokora (Flushing, […]
TEAM USA WOMEN’S ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WINCHENDON, Mass. – ASHI Team USA Women’s Division announced today the roster for the Women’s National Team that will compete at the 2017 ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship June 3-10 in Pardubice, Czech Republic. The 23-woman roster includes nine members of the 2015 Team USA squad that competed at the ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship held in Zug, SUI. Returning to the team from 2015 are: Eleni Aidonidis (Boston, MA), Julia Bronson (Arlington, VA), Kelly Foley (Boston, MA), Alessandra Glista (Boston, MA), Karen Levin (Evanston, IL), Eileen Meslar (Chicago, IL), Tiffany Pokora (Flint, MI), Cherie Stewart (Fountain Valley, CA), Danielle Strohmier (Oak Lawn, IL). Glista, Liane Dixon (Oak Bluff, MA) and Roxanne Gaudiel (Sarasota, FL) competed for Team USA at the 2016 ISBHF World Masters Championship that was held June 1-5, 2016 in Banff, AB. Dixon earned tournament MVP honors as the team won silver. Kayla Saylor (Pittsburgh, PA) was a member of the USA Women’s B Team that competed in the 2015 World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship in Barrie, ON. The squad also includes newcomers: Carli Bekkering (Lethbridge, AB), Lindsey Bitler (Reading, PA), Stefanie Caban (Leominster, MA), Becky Dobson (Doylestown, PA), Haley Frade […]
2018 Men’s Master’s Registration Opens
With 2016 coming to an end the Men’s Master’s Division will be back at it preparing for the 2018 tournament. With the recent departure of Jamie Cooke as General Manager we will soon see a new face at the helm. Later this month the ISBHF will host a meeting to discuss the location of the 2018 tournament. At this time one of the possible locations is Europe. With this being a heavy commitment for players we are opening registrations. This will allow us to see the number of players interested and available to commit and travel. Once the General Manager is announced and we receive final word from the ISBHF on the location of the tournament we will contact all registered players. In the meantime please fill out the Master’s Registration form and if you have not done so already please fill out the ASHI Player Membership form. Same age group as in the past will be accepted. Ages 37 and up. 2018 Men’s Master’s Registration Form (Please only register if you can make the commitment to travel to Europe in 2018) http://ashihockey.org/masters-evaluation-registration/ ASHI Player Membership (Needed if selected for any USA Team to complete player profiles) http://ashihockey.org/registration/
2017 Men’s Team USA Roster Update
Men’s Division General Manager George Tarantino has announced the additions of several players to fill out the 2017 Men’s USA Team. The team will be heading to Pardubice, Czech Republic next June to compete in the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) 2017 World Ball Hockey Championships. GM Tarantino has spent much of the past year evaluating the top talent and after much traveling and a lot of hockey has added several players to the previously announced roster. The following players have earned a spot on the 2017 Men’s team traveling to Pardubice, Czech Republic next June to compete in the ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships. Forwards Eric Zimmerman, NJ Supreme Jon Petito, Buffalo Fusion Cody Warila, Greater Boston Saints Matt Kiesel, GPDC Arsenal Jorden Senecal, Leominster Americans Defensemen Nick Carter, Leominster Americans Goaltender Joe Sheehan, GPDC Arsenal Bryce Erb, Phoenixville Graffix After careful consideration and evaluation, we feel these players fit best with the direction, current roster and game plan of our 2017 team. Earning a spot was no easy task, as there are so many players capable of filling these roles at this time in the country. I feel it’s a true statement saying we could […]
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2018 Juniors Prospect Training Camp
The American Street Hockey Institute (ASHI), is conducting a prospect training camp to bring together the top caliber players throughout the United States. This camp is designed to help bring together those best suited to represent the USA in the 2018 World Ball Hockey Jr Championships. This is the first event in the 2018 evaluation process. Camp Details: • Dates: December 27-29, 2016 • Location: Yellow Breeches Harrisburg PA • Over 100 prospects already registered – don’t delay – space is limited • All prospects will be thoroughly observed and scouted during camp by a variety of different representatives with extensive knowledge and experience Equipment Required For Camp: *Hockey stick *Shin pads *Helmet with full shield or full cage is mandatory for all divisions *Elbow pads required for all divisions *Gloves (Mylec gloves – street or ice hockey gloves -no bike OR garden gloves) For Additional Questions : Scott Tarzy GM Jr Division email@example.com Joe Cataldo Assistant GM Jr Division firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 World Ball Hockey Championship
The World Championship will take place in June 2017 at both rinks of the Tipsport Arena in Pardubice. More news to come on the event.
Split The Pot Raffle
ASHI is actively raising money for the upcoming Team USA trip to the Czech Republic. Proceeds from the raffle will be utilized for travel and other expenses for the upcoming trip. Our grand prize is a $5,000 cash prize with 4 other cash prizes (2nd – $2,500, 3rd – $1,250, 4th – $750, 5th – $500 and 6-10 win an ASHI Gift Shop Package! If you wish to purchase a ticket offline please contact George Tarantino Jr – email@example.com. Please note cash prizes are subject to all applicable taxes.