Women’s Division General Manager Jason Kelly, along with Assistant General Manager Angelo Terrana, would like to announce the 4 outstanding women chosen to be the Captains for Women’s Team USA Blue at the 2016 ISBHF Masters World Ball Hockey Championships. The tournament takes place June 1-6 in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Canada. As they did in the 2014 Masters Championships in Tampa, the USA is sending two Women’s Masters Team USA squads, a Red team and a Blue team.

The four captains are:

Kristen Patneaude, Captain, Dorchester, MA

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Nancy O’Halloran, Asst. Captain, Baltimore, MD

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Yvonne Percy, Asst. Captain, South Hadley, MA

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Amy Miller, Asst. Captain, Leominster, MA

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We asked each captain to describe their feelings when they learned they were selected to serve their team as a Captain:

Nancy O’Halloran: “I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as one of the Captains for the U.S. Women’s masters team. It means a great deal to me to be able to represent the United States and wear our colors in a World Cup tournament.”

Yvonne Percy: “To be honest, I was completely blown away when Jason Kelly called me. As a player, being chosen to be a part of the Women’s Master’s National team was such an honor, then being asked to be an assistant captain……It is such an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity. I want to make sure I live up to the coaches and players expectations.”

Kristen Patneaude: “It’s always an honor to be able to represent your country at the highest level, and to be asked to help lead this team is quite humbling. Ball hockey has been such a positive part of my life, and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity and ability to continue to play at this level. There’s been a lot of renewed growth and interest in women’s street hockey, and I am excited to build off that momentum and make history with this team.”

Amy Miller: “I started playing street hockey when I was 10 years old and instantly fell in love. Representing the USA on the masters team, playing the sport I love, is a dream I never imagined possible. It is an honor to represent my country as a captain, on a team that is filled with such a high caliber of talent and skill.”

GM Jason Kelly had this say about these 4 outstanding women:

“Amy miller is a strong two way player who protects the ball well. She’s exceptionally capable of creating space out on the floor. She’s also one of the best when it comes to finishing from anywhere in the offensive zone. Her solid physical presence will also help us tremendously in Banff when it comes to setting the tone for games.

Nancy O’Halloran is a smooth, smart, and calculating play maker. Nancy has an uncanny vision of the floor and her soft hands create havoc for anyone trying to defend against her. She is also the type of leader that exhibits the very essence of leading by example.

Yvonne Percy is one of the most tenacious defenders we have. She is a very cerebral player with a strong physical presence that is allows her to read the floor as well as anyone and anticipate the play. She is one of the best natural athletes on the team and her hockey skills are a compliment to her pure athletic ability.

Kristen Patneaude is a physical and emotional leader who is strong in all three zones. Kristin is one of our most versatile players. She can play any position under any circumstance. Her ability to lead vocally will help us a lot. She is also a shining example of leadership both on the bench and on and off the rink.

We also spoke with the captains regarding what they believe are the keys to success for their team in Banff. Here’s what they had to say:

Amy Miller: “The keys to success for our team will be to play as one unit. Sticking to the fundamentals of making stick to stick passes, shooting at all opportunities, forechecking and back-checking, and most importantly enjoying the experience and having fun.”

Yvonne Percy: “I think to be successful in Banff we need to come together as a team quickly. We only have 5 games to establish ourselves-then it’s onto the medal round. Getting the right players in the right roles and then going from there. We have several players returning from the 2014 team that won silver in Tampa, so people know a lot about each other, the quicker we gel as a team, the greater our success in Banff. We have so many talented individuals on this team, once we have the right combinations, great things will happen.”

Nancy O’Halloran: “The key to our success I think is that it’s important we take each the game one shift at a time. We can never get ahead of ourselves. As a team we must stay focused on our goal. ”

Kristen Patneaude: “Team Blue is loaded with skill, experience and character. However, a challenge we face is the limited opportunity to play together as a complete team before the tournament. If we respect the coaching staff and accept the roles we are given, and provide positive support to each other on and off the dek, I am confident that we will be very successful. To paraphrase a couple of old quotes – Sports don’t build character they reveal it. If we play with class, pride and character, winning will take care of itself.”

The 2016 ISBHF Masters World Ball Hockey Championships begin on June 1, 2016 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. ASHI will be there to bring you fantastic coverage.

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