The 2016 ISBHF Masters World Ball Hockey Championships are taking place in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Canada this coming June. The United States is send two Women’s Masters team, Team Blue and Team Red, just as they did at the 2014 ISBHF Masters World Championships in Tampa, FL. The Blue Team at that tournament won a silver medal, losing to Team Canada in the finals.
Silver Medal Winners, 2014 Womens Masters Team USA Blue
The coach for that team was Boxford, Massachusetts resident Shawn Mulcahy. Mr. Mulcahy has agreed to coach the Women’s Blue Team once again in their quest for Gold in Banff. We asked him for his reaction to being named Head Coach once again by GM Jason Kelly:
“Having had the pleasure of coaching the Women’s Masters Blue team in Tampa, I feel honored to have received opportunity to once again coach such a great group of accomplished athletes. The privilege is all mine to be a small part in building the legacy of the USA Women’s Masters Ball Hockey program.”
Shawn Mulcahy, Boxford, MA
Shawn will be joined by Lynnfield, MA resident Paul White. Paul has an extensive ball hockey background, having played the sport for over 40 years and competed on several championships winning teams including the Lynn Seahawks and Leominstar Rams. Paul had this to say about his selection as an Assistant Coach:
“It is an honor for me to join the Masters Team Blue coaching staff. I am looking forward to sharing my coaching skills and experience with an outstanding group of talented and dedicated women as we strive to achieve our goal in Banff.”
Paul White, Lynnfield, MA
We also talked with Shawn and Paul about what they believe will be the keys to success for their team in Banff. Said Mr. White:
“I believe the keys to our success will be commitment to excellent teamwork, positional play and communication in the defensive zone and around the net.”
Added Mr. Mulcahy:
“I believe there are many keys to success in Banff. Everyone knowing they’re role is a priority, adjustments and in game management is crucial. The ability to recognize game flow, react quickly to transition, play strong as a unit in all three zones and of course great goaltending are of paramount importance. Based on the intelligence and athletic ability of our team, the execution of any strategy we implement is possible.”
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.