The American Street Hockey Institute is proud to announce the first 20 men selected to represent the United States and compete for a gold medal in the 2015 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships.  The tournament is taking place in Zug, Switzerland on June 19th thru the 28th (zug2015.com).

Congratulations to these men as they begin their collective quest for the gold medal:

LAST FIRST POSITION CITY ST TOURNAMENT TEAM
Caponi Nick Forward Leominster MA Leominster Blackhawks
Caron Matt Defense Leominster MA Leominster Americans
Colcord Mike Defense Leominster MA Leominster Blackhawks
Croteau Doug Forward Leominster MA Leominster Blackhawks
Dunnivan Justin Forward Pittsburgh PA Penn Hills Arsenal
Gregory Steve Forward Pittsburgh PA Pittsburgh Gods
Hahne Aaron Forward Pittsburgh PA Pittsburgh Gods
Haynes Chris Forward Atlanta GA Buffalo Fusion
Hildreth Andrew Defense Leominster MA Leominster Blackhawks
Jones Brandon Goaltender Leominster MA Leominster Americans
Liebers Chris Defense Pittsburgh PA Pittsburgh Gods
Merchant Josh Forward Rutland MA Leominster Blackhawks
Petito John Forward West Islip NY Buffalo Fusion
Rethage Jon Goaltender Pittsburgh PA Pittsburgh Gods
Rocha Jason Goaltender Fall River MA Leominster Blackhawks
Ruiz Jon Forward Williamstown NJ SJ Supreme
Schlegel Denny Forward Buffalo NY Buffalo Fusion
Sullivan Bill Forward Pittsburgh PA Penn Hills Arsenal
Wilson Korey Forward Fitchburg MA Leominster Americans
Zimmick Rick Defense Pittsburgh PA Pittsburgh Gods

There are 25 total roster spots on each team in accordance with ISBHF regulations.  The final 5 selections will be made after scouting the following group of players in the Super Bowl Bye Week Invitational Ball Hockey tournament, held in New Cumberland PA, Jan 23-25, 2015.

MIKE BAYNE; Stars n Snipes, Pittsburgh PA

JAKE BERUBE; South Jersey Kings, Washington D.C.

TYLER CABA; Phoenixville Graffix, Pottstown PA

DOMINIC CASTLE; Caspers, Philadelphia PA

JIM DAUGHERTY; Pittsburgh Gods, Pittsburgh PA

ROY DUTTINE; Pittsburgh Gods, Pittsburgh PA

MATT ESPOSITO; Buffalo Fusion, Buffalo NY

FRED HUNT; Pittsburgh Gods, Pittsburgh PA

JERRY LYNCH; Leominster Blackhawks, Leominster MA

DAVE MOLITIERNO; Pittsburgh Gods, Pittsburgh PA

TIM MYERS; Supreme, Audubon NJ

ANDREW PRUITT; Buffalo Fusion, Cheektowaga NY

RYAN SAYLOR; Pittsburgh Gods, Pittsburgh PA

JORDEN SENECAL; Leominster Americans, Leominster MA

EVAN SOUSA; Leominster Blackhawks, Fall River MA

STEVE ZIMMERMAN; Supreme, Bellmawr NJ

General Manager George Tarantino and Assistant GM Mike Zambon, along with Head Coach Cory Herschk and his tireless coaching staff, had a commitment to building this roster which started last year.  This team will represent the culmination of over a year of scouting tournaments and leagues across the US and Canada, an invitational player evaluation camp, along with many hours of film, meetings, phone calls, long drives, and discussion.

Said Mr. Tarantino – “These players displayed attributes that we believe will turn Team USA into a unit that can match up favorably with the powerhouse teams competing in the ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships. By far the hardest part of the process has been choosing from the number of qualified players that wanted to play.

“We felt it was our responsibility to be as thorough as our lives would allow in order to have a fair and detail oriented system for making player selections. We scouted many tournaments in the United States and Canada.  We visited many leagues.  We took suggestions on players from sport leaders throughout the country.  The evaluation camp was held.  We studied our National team opponents via game film.  With all of these events having been concluded, we believe the players listed above have earned the right to compete and represent our country on the international stage.”

Head Coach Cory Herschk added – “We are very excited for the players who made the roster.  Congratulations to all of them.  We look forward with great anticipation to finalize our roster and begin our preparation camps.”