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Mr. Tony Iannitto from Canada’s national men´s team did the following interview on preparation of the team with regards to upcoming 2013 ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s, Canada.

Canada about their preparation for ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s:

    1. At what stage of preparation is your team with regards to next year’s the world championships in St. John’s?
For the 2013 world championships, we are happy with the progress thus far. The board members and staff have been designated. Players from various cities, notably Montreal and Toronto have structured preliminary try outs. We hope to complete the process by early March.
    2. How will the preparation continue in the next months?
Once the 22 player roster is complete, a former Canadian Olympic athlete will assist in the training of our team to help prepare our men for intense competition. We will be counting on the support of sponsors and dedicated individuals to raise funds and promote the sport as well as the team.
    3. Can you already tell the names of some players of your team?
Currently we are in the middle of our selection process and cannot provide any names at this time until all players have been contacted and confirmed. What I can say is the ones that have been contacted are ecstatic and are proud to wear the Team Canada jersey to represent their country.
    4. What are the expectations you have for St. John's?
We are expecting a great event in St. John’s, NFLD and always look forward to visiting Canada’s oldest city which also happens to have the friendliest people Canada has to offer. I can also say they have the greatest ball hockey fans. This will be the biggest World Championship ever in terms of teams and fans participating. It is not often our ball hockey family from around the world get an opportunity to visit Canada and we hope it will be all that you expect and more.. We would like to thank the host committee for all of their hard work to date to ensure this will be a great event for all.
    5. Who will become world champion 2013, and why?
This is a difficult question to answer but I will say this: Since the first World Championship in 1996 in Bratislavia, SK, there is more parity with the teams. In the past you could bank on Canada, Czech Republic and Slovakia being the front runners but in the last couple of World Championships teams such as U.S.A., Portugal, and Switzerland have brought their level up to match these teams. The Czech Republic has captured the last two World titles and we fully expect they will be there to work towards tying and exceeding Canada’s record of 4 straight Gold medals. Hopefully the best team will win, but at times it’s not the case. Luck and destiny can get in the way.

 

Information, Articles and Commentary:

1.) Men's Team Canada Announcement. [click to view]

Vancouver, BC - The Canadian Ball Hockey Association announced Wednesday, Canada’s Men’s National Team players and staff that are preparing their venture to the 10th World Ball Hockey Championships from June 2 - 9, 2013 being hosted on Canadian soil in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

Team Canada staff was very busy in 2012 scouting various events held across Canada.  Thorough scouting of the Men’s “A” Nationals in Edmonton, AB, Western B & C Regional Championships in Kelowna, BC, the Eastern B & C Regional Championships in Montreal, QC and various league play across Canada we left no stone unturned. 

This attention to detail and pursuit of excellence has led to Canada’s Men’s National Ball Hockey program in winning four of the last 6 World Championships and building toward our quest to win on home soil in St. John’s in 2013.

“The top-caliber players on the National Team play in various elite leagues across the nation and competed for the chance to represent Canada at the World Championships.  Making the final cuts to get the roster down to 25 posed a real challenge for our staff” said Tony Iannitto General Manager & Head Coach of the Men’s National Team.

“It is tough to be scouted as one of the best players in the nation and then not make the cut.  But that’s the level of competition we had this year for Team Canada and unfortunately we could only take 25 players,” observed Assistant Coach Ian Moores.

“We’re taking nothing for granted in our preparation for the World Championship.  Every team arriving in St. John’s will be hungry and we have to be at the top of our game if we’re going to live up to the expectations our staff and each of our players has placed on themselves,” concluded Assistant Coach Jason Baiani.

“On behalf of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, I would like to congratulate the players and staff named today, along with their provincial associations, leagues, club teams, families, coaches and officials who have helped them along the way,” said Shelley Callaghan, CBHA President.

Here is your 2013 Men’s National Team: 

 Name

Date of  Birth

Hometown

Province

2012 Club Team

Goaltenders

Fabio Luongo

06-Aug-1986

Montreal

Quebec

Montreal Scorpions

Tim Barlow*

17-Jan-1980

Edmonton

Alberta

Edmonton Whalers

Chris Feltham

06-Aug-1982

Paradise

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Defense

Carl Ghilarducci

03-Apr-1989

lle-Bizard

Quebec

Montreal Red Lite

Patrick O’Keefe*

05-Jun-1988

Mount Pearl

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Justin Pender*

25-Oct-1988

St. John’s

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Matteo Stoico

05-Jun-1990

Montreal

Quebec

Montreal Scorpions

Calin Wild*

26-Dec-1986

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Manitoba Selects

Paul Roy*

21-Nov-1975

Pincourt

Quebec

Montreal Red Lite

Jeremi Brunet

02-Jan-1983

Montreal

Quebec

Montreal Generals

Mike Dyke - Alternate

01-Nov-1984

St. John’s

Gander

St. John’s Jets

Forwards

Scott Holben

05-Oct-1984

Edmonton

Alberta

Edmonton Savages

Dominic Morency

14-Aug-1981

Montreal

Quebec

Montreal Red Lite

Terry Ryan Jr.*

14-Jan-1977

Mount Pearl

Newfoundland

India Bears

Mike Stinziani*

11-May-1989

Montreal

Quebec

Montreal Black Knights

Andrew Sweetland

21-Oct-1986

Bonavista

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Nelson Vargas Dias

09-Feb-1986

Montreal

Quebec

Montreal Red Lite

Paolo Musto*

12-Aug-1970

Montreal

Quebec

Montreal Black Knights

Sandro Morello*

12-Nov-1970

Pointe-Claire

Quebec

Montreal Red Lite

Evan Peters

02-Sep-1989

Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Buffalo

Yannick Labonte*

23-May-1985

Laval

Quebec

Montreal Red Lite

Steven Cacciotti

23-Feb-1987

Montreal

Quebec

Montreal Reg Lions

Kris Mattice

10-Oct-1979

Kamloops

British Columbia

Kamloops Blackjacks

Jonathan Daoust*

23-Aug-1975

McMasterville

Quebec

Montreal Red Lite

Martin Frechette*

17-Mar-1980

Vaudreuil-Dorion

Quebec

Montreal Red Lite

Robert Slaney*

13-Oct-1988

Upper Island Cove

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Jordan Escott - Alternate

28-Sep-1991

St. John’s

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Staff

Tony Iannitto*

Laval

Quebec

Montreal Black Knights

Mike Schweighardt*

Delta

British Columbia

Delta Jaguars

Ian Moores*

Bay Roberts

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Jason Baiani*

Irishtown

New Brunswick

Moncton Chiefs

Chris Sparkes*

St. John’s

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Dr. Randy Smith

Mount Pearl

Newfoundland

Newfoundland Blackhorse

Matthew Halverson*

Delta

British Columbia

Vancouver Falcons

David Roper

Mount Pearl

Newfoundland

India Bears