US WOMEN TAKE FOURTH AT WORLDS!
US women's team rode quite a rollercoaster at the ISBHF World
Women's Championships at Pilsen, Czech Republic, June 16-20,
but the end result was a respectable fourth-place finish after
a 3-0 bronze medal-game loss to the host Czechs.
team, as a whole, played their hearts out against very good
teams," said US coach J.J. Deviney. "We had some players
with very limited ball hockey experience, but our veterans really
picked things up."
biggest win for the U.S. was a 10-2 shellacking of Switzerland.
Liz Petry and Karen Doria each scored twice. The US also thumped
Austria, 6-0. Alessandra Ciambra and Adele King split the shutout
in goal, while Terry Dossick netted twice.
US lost to eventual champion Canada 9-0 in the semifinals after
going 2-2 in group action.
details on the 2009 ISBHF World Championships, go to Pilsen2009.com.
Republic 3, US 0
Canada 5, US 0
US 10, Switzerland 2
US 6, Austria 0
Canada 9, US 0
Czech Republic 3, US 0
MEN FINISH FOURTH AT WORLDS!
United States men’s team posted its best finish ever in
the ISBHF World Championships at Pilsen, Czech Republic, June
13-20. The US went 5-2, beating four-time defending champ Canada
5-4 in overtime in the quarterfinals before losing 5-4 to India
in the semis and 5-2 to Slovakia in the bronze-medal game. Denny
Schlegel of Buffalo was named the tournament’s outstanding
forward. Defenseman Andrew Hildreth and forward Bobby Housser
(both of Leominster, MA) were selected to the all-tournament
US, started the tournament in the ‘B’ pool based
on their 10th-place finish at the 2007 Worlds. They finished
3-0 in ‘B’-pool round-robin play, dispatching Greece,
Hong Kong and Austria to earn a classification date with Switzerland
from the ‘A’ pool.
netted a true hat trick in the game’s first 16 minutes
to stake the US to a 3-0 lead. Steve Gregory (Pittsburgh) added
another goal, goaltender Jon Rethage (Pittsburgh) made 16 saves,
the US won 4-1, and it was time for an ‘A’-pool
quarterfinal date with Canada, the tournament’s four-time
was an epic contest, as both teams had high-octane speed and
skill. Canada led 4-3 despite two goals by Schlegel and one
by Hildreth, but Housser tied the game in the 41st minute. Gregory
won the game in the sixth minute of overtime, burying a centering
feed from Bill Allen (Buffalo). B.J. Schreib (Pittsburgh) was
the winning goaltender, making 21 saves.
result was no fluke: The Americans outshot Canada 28-25, including
9-2 in the third period as their young legs came to the fore.
them was like winning the gold medal at the time,” said
US Coach Chris Housser (Leominster, MA). “The memory will
last a long time. They have a solid club and a great organization,
but we matched them stride for stride and shot for shot.
Canada was great for the players because it validated they were
as good as anyone in the tournament.”
up was India, 3-2 quarterfinal winners over Italy. (It must
be noted that many teams at the World Championships, including
India and Italy, are populated mostly by Canadians with ancestral
ties.) The US seized a 4-2 lead on goals by Bobby Housser, Allen,
Gregory and Schlegel, but India showed great resiliency by scoring
the final three goals to win 5-4. The US kept up the pressure
all game, outshooting India 32-21, but India’s blazing
speed, precise skill and predatory opportunism were too much.
Americans’ collective needle hit ‘E’ in the
bronze-medal game vs. Slovakia. Schlegel’s goal in the
third minute gave the US its only lead, 1-0. Joe Hadley (Pittsburgh)
buried a short-handed goal in the final minute of the second
period to cut the Slovak lead to 4-2. But Slovakia, which enjoyed
a 48-20 edge in shots, added a late empty-netter and ran out
fourth-place finish was a tremendous step forward for US men’s
ball hockey. The Americans just missed a medal, improved dramatically
on a ninth-place finish in 2005 and 10th place in 2007, and
laid down a solid, youth-based foundation for the future.
the US, we played street hockey on smaller rinks,” Chris
Housser said. “But now we have a bunch of players that
have played ball hockey in international tournaments, including
some who won the gold medal at the junior worlds in 2006 and
bronze at last year’s junior worlds.
hockey on a big rink, with three zones, is a more methodical
game. You need experience at it to come out of the gate hitting
on all cylinders. We don’t have to keep teaching the game
anymore. Our adjustment period was minimal this time. Our guys
know this game now.”
led the tournament in scoring with 10 goals and four assists.
Bobby Housser was second with five goals and eight assists,
Hildreth eighth with three goals and eight assists.
Bobby and Andrew were great,” Chris Housser said. “This
was Denny’s first international tournament. He has a great
shot, he’s good both ways and he’s coachable. Bobby
keeps getting better. His vision and speed make him a threat
all the time. Andrew is a great offensive defenseman, dangerous
with his shot and a great passer. All three are workhorses.”
details on the 2009 ISBHF World Championships, go to Pilsen2009.com.
ROSTER – 2009 MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
– Jon Rethage (Pittsburgh), B.J. Schreib (Pittsburgh)
– Joe Hadley (Pittsburgh), Anthony Fortunato (Leominster,
MA), Andrew Hildreth (Leominster), Dave Molitierno (Pittsburgh),
Eric Sholtz (Buffalo), George Tarantino (Lancaster, PA), Rick
– Bill Allen (Buffalo), Brandon Gazzo (Pittsburgh), Steve
Gregory (Pittsburgh), Bobby Housser (Leominster), Tom Hughes
(Buffalo), Tyson Lajoie (Leominster), Matt Levesque (Leominster),
Doug Nickel (Leominster), Denny Schlegel (Buffalo), Billy Sullivan
(Pittsburgh), Coby Sweat (Buffalo)
Coach – Chris Housser (Leominster)
4, Greece 2
13, Hong Kong 2
11, Austria 1
4, Switzerland 1
5, Canada 4 (OT)
5, US 4
5, US 2
TEAMS COMPETE IN HALIFAX!
teams composed of US players competed in the Canadian Ball Hockey
Association national championships July 31-Aug. 3 at Halifax,
Nova Scotia. The Flyers finished fourth in the U-15 competition;
Team USA took fifth in the U-17 tournament.
The Flyers, coached by Steve Kendall of Leominster, MA, went
2-2-1 in round-robin play before losing to the Belleville Predators
in the semifinals, 7-1. The Flyers lost the bronze-medal game
to the Edmonton Xtreme, 6-4. J.R. Lapointe of Gardner, MA, made
the all-tournament team after tallying four goals and seven
assists in seven games.
Team USA, coached by Ken Bergeron of Egg Harbor Township, NJ,
went 1-2-1 in round-robin games before beating the Truro Bearcats
2 by a 3-0 score in the fifth-place game. Nick Carter of Ashburnham,
MA, made the all-tournament team by posting two goals and five
assists in five games.
Go to CBHA.com for more detailed
JUNIORS WIN BRONZE!
by Cody Warila and one each by Steve Gregory and Andrew Hildreth
sparked the United States to a 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic
in the bronze-medal game of the World Junior (under-20) Championships
June 25-29 at St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
was the second straight medal won by the US at the biennial competition.
Hildreth was named Outstanding Defenseman at WJC ‘08, while
forward Bobby Housser made the all-tournament team. The US lost
to Slovakia in the semifinals, 6-5 in overtime.
loss to Slovakia was disappointing, but the bronze medal is very
satisfying,” said Mark Madden, US head coach. “To
add this medal to the gold we won at Aosta ’06 shows that
the United States is consistently a major player at the junior
level of international street hockey. We’ve cracked the
‘Big Three’ of Canada, the Czechs and the Slovaks
and made it a ‘Big Four.’ That’s a huge accomplishment.”
States had plenty of top players, but standing out above the rest
absolute monster,” said Madden. “Hildo was like Godzilla
rampaging through Tokyo. He scored spectacular goals at crucial
times, played great defense and played a ton, 25-30 minutes some
games. We couldn’t have asked for any more from Hildo. He
did a terrific job as captain, too.
Housser was his usual spectacular self. He was the MVP at Aosta,
and following that up with an all-tournament berth here says a
lot about his consistency.
Gregory and Cody Warila didn’t win any awards, but deserve
high praise. Steve tied the game against the Slovaks with 28 seconds
left in regulation. Cody’s two goals against the Czechs
were the result of a monumental effort on his part. Goals are
great; big goals at big moments are special.
one let us down. Bill Sullivan was the perfect complement on a
line with Housser and Warila. Aaron Hahne won practically every
draw. Mike Colcord, Chris Liebers, Ryan Saylor and Taylor Trudeau
were outstanding on defense. Chris Nikitas played some gutsy goal.
Doug Croteau was awesome on the PK. The list just goes on. We
got energy and production from a lot of sources.”
The US will
return just two players – forwards Anthony DeMarco and Mitchell
Faust – for WJC 2010 in Austria, but a foundation has been
laid and the momentum is strong.
easy,” said Madden, US Coach since 2002. “It takes
a while to get the gist of what’s necessary. Talent is huge,
but the right fit is just as important. Now that everyone involved
with the program understands that, I don’t see the US junior
team taking any steps backward.”
Madden praised the
effort of the St. John’s organizing committee – “Easily
the best-run world championships I’ve ever been at,”
he said – and also noted the passion and pride of first-year
team Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Bosnians went 0-5 but never stopped
were amazing,” Madden said. “We beat them 16-0, but
their commitment and desire made it a fun game to play. We took
a group photo with them afterward, and I considered that an honor
*US 4, Italy
2 (Goals: Warila 2, Hildreth, Saylor)
US 3 (Goals: S. Gregory 2, Faust)
*US 16, Bosnia-Herzegovina
0 (Goals: Colcord 2, Croteau 2, Housser 2, Saylor 2, Warila 2,
John Bearer, Corey DeMarco, Faust, S. Gregory, Liebers, Mike Nauman)
6, US 5 (OT) (Goals: Hildreth 2, Colcord, S. Gregory, Housser)
*US 4, Czech
Republic 3 (Goals: Warila 2, S. Gregory, Hildreth)
For more information,
go to WJC08.com!
US ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR WJC ’08!
The team Street
Hockey USA will send to the 2008 World Junior Championships at
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada June 25-29 has been announced.
The roster includes six members of the team that won gold at WJC
'06 at Aosta, Italy: forwards Bobby Housser, Bill Sullivan and
Cody Warila, defensemen Anthony Cornacchia and Andrew Hildreth
and goaltender Pete Cosentino.
Here is the complete
Goal – Pete Cosentino,
PA; Chris Nikitas, MA
Defense – Mike
Colcord, MA; Anthony Cornacchia, MA; Anthony Fortunato, MA; Andrew
Hildreth, MA; Chris Liebers, PA; Ryan Saylor, PA; Mark Trudeau,
John Bearer, PA; Doug Croteau, MA; Anthony DeMarco, NJ; Corey
DeMarco, NJ; Mitchell Faust, PA; Dan Gregory, PA; Steve Gregory,
PA; Aaron Hahne, PA; Bobby Housser, MA; Mike Nauman, PA; Bill
Sullivan, PA; Cody Warila, MA
General Manager –
Chris Housser, MA
Coach – Mark
Coaches – Mark Colcord, MA; Corey Herschk, PA
STAFF APPOINTED FOR U.S. WOMEN
Macarle of Long Island has been appointed General Manager of the
National Team that will compete in the 2009 Women's World Ball
Joining Maria on the staff are assistant GM/assistant coach Mary
Stoneham, MA; assistant GM Gina D'Amaro of Long Island; and assistant
Apollo of Hull, MA. Apollo will continue in her playing role as
Candidates for the head coaching role are still being considered.
Maria, Mary, Gina
and Lauren will begin assembling the U.S. team for 2009, and the
Hockey Institute is extremely confident in their ability to select
the players that
will lead the U.S. to a medal! If you'd like more information
on the U.S. Women's
National Team, contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIDS FOURTH AT CANADIAN JR. NATIONALS
Flyers, a team of US-born players representing Niagara Falls, ON,
finished fourth in the Canadian Ball Hockey Association Junior (under-19)
National Championships in Burnaby, B.C., Aug. 2-5.
Flyers received admission to the tournament based on General Manager
Chris Housser’s ownership of the Niagara Regional Dekhockey
Center. The team posted a 2-2 round-robin record before eliminating
the defending champion Toronto Jaguars 4-2 in the quarterfinals.
Flyers then lost to the eventual champion Edmonton Avalanche in
the semis, 4-2. The win was Edmonton’s closest of the tournament,
with the Avalanche snapping a 1-1 tie in the game’s final
two minutes. The Flyers then bowed to the Newfoundland Stars in
the bronze medal game, 4-3 in overtime.
was a great experience for our players as we prepare for the 2008
World Junior Championships in Newfoundland,” said Mark Madden,
the team’s coach and coach of the US Junior National Team.
“We found out quite a bit about a lot of players. This tournament
was an important part of our program’s building process.
is a great team and deserving champion. I’m sure we’ll
see a lot of their players on Team Canada next year. But we played
them even in the semis, and we were really the only team to do
Flyers’ forwards were led by Bobby Housser of Leominster,
MA. The MVP at last year’s World Junior Championships and
the 2006 ISBHF World Junior Player of the Year, Housser had five
goals and four assists en route to earning all-tournament honors.
the team’s top scorer was defenseman Andrew Hildreth, also
a native of Leominster and, like Housser, a member of last year’s
gold medal-winning US team at the World Junior Championships in
Aosta, Italy. Hildreth racked up four goals and six assists to
finish seventh in tournament scoring.
was incredible,” Madden said. “He was team captain
at Burnaby and he’ll be the US captain at Newfoundland,
too. Hildo gets involved in the offense at every available opportunity,
but his speed and anticipation enable him to get back on defense
very quickly and effectively.
a franchise player, just like Bobby. Hildo is a deadly combination
skill and hockey sense.”
Hahne of Pittsburgh had four goals and five assists – “A
very polished two-way player,” said Madden – while
linemate Steve Gregory, another Pittsburgher, also had four goals.
Niagara Falls Flyers’ roster was:
– Peter Cosentino (PA), Chris Nikitas (MA)
– Mike Colcord (MA), Andrew Hildreth (MA), Chris Liebers
(PA), Tim Meza (MA),
Ryan Saylor (PA), Tim Schofield (MA)
– Chris Aveni (MA), John Bearer (PA), Mitchell Faust (PA),
Steve Gregory (PA),
Aaron Hahne (PA), Bobby Housser (MA), Ryan Kilroy (MA), Warren
Dan Pozerycki (MA), Bill Sullivan (PA)
- Mark Colcord (MA), Cory Herschk (PA), Mark Madden (PA)
Manager - Chris Housser (MA)
more details on the Flyers’ fourth-place finish at the Canadian
Junior National Championships, visit CBHA.com.
MEN 10th AS AGELESS WONDER SHINES
again pressed into action by a shortage of players, American street
hockey’s greatest player ever reminded people, at 54, how
he got that tag with a mind-boggling performance for the U.S.
men’s team at the ISBHF World Street Hockey Championships
June 7-16 at Dusseldorf/Ratingen, Germany.
Housser (Leominster, MA) finished fifth in tournament scoring
with three goals and eight assists as the U.S. men went 3-2-1
to capture 10th place among 16 teams.
his age, Chris really shouldn’t be able to play like that,”
said U.S. assistant coach Mark Madden. “He just shouldn’t.
But he’s in pretty good shape, and he knows how to be productive.
I think playing on a line with his son, Bobby, motivated him a
It was amazing to watch.”
Housser, 18, finished the tournament with four goals and three
assists. As the conclusion of the tournament, Bobby was honored
as the ISBHF World Junior Player of
the Year. Bobby was tournament MVP when the U.S. won gold at the
2006 World Junior Championships at Aosta, Italy.
exactly three times Bobby’s age, but I think we both did
OK,” joked Chris Housser.
U.S. team lacked some of the high-profile players that dotted
the roster for the ’05 World Championships in Pittsburgh,
but worked at a maniacal rate to earn a finish just one spot lower.
The U.S. lost this year’s “B” pool final to
Reynolds (Leominster, MA) led the U.S. in goals with five, followed
by Doug Nickel (Leominster, MA) and Bobby Housser with four.
one of the hardest-working teams I’ve ever had the privilege
of being involved with,”
said Madden, who assisted Peter Walters (Danvers, MA). “You’re
never pleased with finishing in the ‘B’ pool. Our
juniors showed last year that the U.S. has better talent than
that. We were victimized by some in-house politicking and, frankly,
our preparation could have been better. But our guys gave 100
men’s team will skew younger in the future. We’d like
to assemble a team that can basically have most of its roster
carry over from ’09 to ’11 to ’13 with the intention
a steady build.”
itself was flawless. “I’ve been attending these events
since 2002, and this World Championship was surely among the very
best,” said Madden. “The German organizing committee
has a lot to be proud of, as does the ISBHF. Germany set a new
standard with this event.”
more details, scores and statistics on the 2007 ISBHF World Street
Hockey Championships, go to ISBHF.com
ISBHF WORLD STREET HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS U.S. MEN’S ROSTER
Dennis Beaupre (MA)
Rick Breau (MA)
Tom Perla (MA)
Joe Powell (PA)
Bernie Saulnier (MA)
Doug Sedille (MA)
George Tarantino (PA)
James Bloxson (MA)
Brad Forrest (MA)
Bobby Housser (MA)
Chris Housser (MA)
Matt Levesque (MA)
Doug Nickel (MA)
Brian Reynolds (MA)
Bill Sullivan (PA)
Pat Sullivan (MA)
– Peter Walters (MA)
Assistant Coach – Mark Madden (PA)
U.S. 9, Mexico 0
U.S. 3, Bermuda 3
Pakistan 5, U.S. 3
U.S. 4, Greece 0
U.S. 5, Germany 3
Pakistan 5, U.S. 2
WOMEN JUST MISS BRONZE
U.S. went 2-1-2 in the inaugural ISBHF Women’s World Street
Hockey Championships at Dusseldorf/Ratingen, Germany, and definitely
than their fourth-place finish.
U.S. was tied in the standings with the Czech Republic at the
end of round-robin play, but the Czechs were awarded third place
and the bronze medal based on goal differential. Regrettably,
there was no bronze-medal game. The U.S. tied the Czechs, 0-0,
in round-robin play; it would have been better to see the bronze
medal decided on the rink instead of by a calculator.
said, the fourth-place finish rounded off a phenomenal first year
for the U.S. women’s program. Congratulations are in order
for General Manager Jamie Cooke and Gwen Ranquist, the team’s
very innovative head coach, for setting a high standard in
organization and preparation.
DiVeterano (Pottstown, PA) tied for the team lead in goals (3)
and points (4) at
the World Championships. Lisa Bac (Indianola, PA) and Callie Housser
(Leominster, MA) also had four points each, while Kristen Patneaude
(Dorchester, MA) also had three goals. Bac was named the Most
Valuable Defenseman at the World Championships.
the U.S. women had an MVP, though, it was probably goaltender
Allessandra Ciambra (Winthrop, MA). Ciambra allowed just seven
goals in five games and played phenomenally in a 3-0 loss to gold
medalist Canada. Ciambra’s spectacular yet consistent play
gave the entire team confidence.
more details, scores and statistics on the 2007 ISBHF Women’s
World Street Hockey Championships, go to ISBHF.com
and ISBHFstats.net. For
more information on the U.S. women’s team, go to USABallHockey.com.
Canada 3, U.S. 0
U.S. 4, Germany 1
U.S. 2, Slovakia 2
U.S. 7, Austria 1
U.S. 0, Czech Republic 0
The United States
won its first-ever international street hockey medal at the
US WINS 2006 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
World Junior Championships at Aosta, Italy June 21-25.
It turned out to be the shiniest medal of all.
goal with 15 seconds left in the first period broke a 2-2 tie
and held up as the game-winner as the US beat Slovakia, 3-2, in
the gold-medal game.
The US finished the closely-contested tournament with a 2-0-3
mark, grabbing gold thanks to big plays at big moments that fueled
a series of improbable comebacks.
was the most even tournament I’ve ever seen,” said
US Coach Mark Madden.
“But make no mistake, the best team won. I say that without
a trace of arrogance,
but rather in tribute to the never-say-die attitude our kids had.
had every opportunity to quit, to collapse, to lose. But our players
weren’t willing to accept anything short of final victory.”
game ended in a tie. Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and
the US all had 0-0-3 records. Slovakia and the US made the gold-medal
game as the result of the goals-for tiebreaker.
Housser was named the tournament MVP, Bobby Vorse the tournament
Most Valuable Goaltender. Defenseman Joe Hadley made the
the son of US General Manager Chris Housser, now retired from
tournament street hockey but generally recognized as the greatest
American player ever.
Housser is the only street hockey player anywhere ever that has
additional pressure on him to play well based on who his father
is,” said Madden. “Bobby was brilliant, a creative
force game in and game out. He rose to the occasion.
Vorse is the type of goaltender that gives extra confidence to
the team in front of him. He’s a monster big-save goalie.
Even when the Slovaks turned up the pressure in the third period
of the final, you just had the feeling that Bobby wasn’t
going to let them score any more goals.
Hadley is big, mobile, skilled – everything you want in
go on and on singing individual praises. Mike DiBenedetto scored
a big goal every time we needed one. John Kalichuk won a bunch
of big draws down the stretch in the final. Jim Daugherty was
unbelievable on the PK when the Slovaks had a 5-on-3 power play
that stretched from late in the second period to early in the
this wasn’t about individuals. This was the ultimate team
effort. Meshing as a unit is what enabled these guys to get the
The US trailed
Slovakia 4-0 in medal-round play before forging a 6-6 tie. The
US trailed the Czech Republic 3-1 before battling to a 5-5 draw
when Housser scored with a fraction of a second left. The US trailed
Canada 1-0 before DiBenedetto
scored with 2:46 left to put the US in the gold-medal game.
after comeback after comeback – just like 1980,” Madden
“I knew Herb Brooks, and believe me, Herb would have loved
and Kalichuk scored first-period goals in the final to give the
US short-lived one-goal leads. DiBenedetto put the US ahead for
good when he knocked home Tyson Lajoie’s precise goal-mouth
pass in the dying moments of the first period.
was no ‘miracle on street.’ Far from it,” said
Madden. “This was a cumulative effort that paid off thanks
to the combined focus of 23 kids, with a nod of recognition to
the kids that preceded them in international competition for the
23 players are American street hockey’s first real heroes.
What they accomplished will never be forgotten.”
US SCORES FOR 2006 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS:
*US 6, Italy
Goals: Nick Caponi 2, Bobby Housser, John Kalichuk, Billy Sullivan,
*US 6, Slovakia
Goals: Tyson Lajoie 2, Nick Caponi, Mike DiBenedetto, Brandon
Gazzo, Tim Murray
*US 5, Czech
Goals: Bobby Housser 3, Matt Levesque, Cody Warila
*US 1, Canada 1
Goal: Mike DiBenedetto
*US 3, Slovakia 2
Goals: Mike DiBenedetto, Ryan Jones, John Kalichuk
ROSTER FOR 2006 WORLD JUNIOR BALL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pete Cosentino, PA
Bobby Vorse, MA (Capt.)
Joe Hadley, PA
Andrew Hildreth, MA
Don Leishman, PA
Nick Maraldo, PA
Tim Murray, MA
Steve Shaw, MA
Rick Zimmick, PA
Nick Caponi, MA (Capt.)
Joe Caveney, MA
Jim Daugherty, PA (Capt.)
Mike DiBenedetto, MA
Brandon Gazzo, PA
Bobby Housser, MA
Ryan Jones, PA
John Kalichuk, PA (Capt.)
Tyson Lajoie, MA
Matt Levesque, MA
Billy Sullivan, PA
Cody Warila, MA
Chris Aveni, MA
Anthony Cornacchia, MA
Brian Errigo, PA
Mark Madden, PA
Bob Vorse, MA
Chris Housser, MA
TEAM FINISHES NINTH AT WORLDS
C.J. Dempsey scored twice while Steve Kendall, Dan Richard and Rob
Sheridan scored one goal each as the U.S. beat Germany, 5-1, in
the ninth-place game of the World Senior Ball Hockey Championships
at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh,
PA, June 13-18. Dennis Beaupre was the winning goalie.
The U.S. finished with a 3-3-1 record.
Technically, the win over Germany gave the U.S. the “B”
But that’s not the kind of gold the U.S. wanted.
“Although we improved throughout the tournament, finishing
ninth is very disappointing,” said Mark Madden, one of the
“There are still some positives to take away from this,
though. We used a team
with a very young nucleus that gives us hope for the 2007 tournament
We stuck together, stayed positive and consistently made small
adjustments that allowed us to play better.
“I was thrilled that Mark Goodey had the kind of tournament
he did, so the world could see the kind of player he is. Mark
has been a top defenseman in domestic tournaments for years, and
at the World Championships, he put an exclamation point on his
reputation. We used Mark more than any other player, and he responded
by being our best player.
“If we hadn’t dropped down to the ‘B’
pool, Mark would have been a cinch for the all-tournament team.
As it was, he was our team MVP. Danny Richard also had a very
good showing. His desire and leadership permeated our effort as
we gained momentum near the end of the tournament.”
Goodey, who served as team captain, is from Long Island, N.Y.,
is from Leominster, MA.
At the post-tournament awards ceremony, Goodey presented the
“B” pool championship trophy won by the U.S. to goaltender
Rick Breau. Breau, a native
of Leominster, MA, has made more U.S. national team appearances
than any other player.
U.S. scores from 2005 World Senior Ball Hockey Championships:
Italy 8, U.S. 0
Canada 4, U.S. 1
U.S. 2, Switzerland 2
Portugal 4, U.S. 1
U.S. 7, Bermuda 5
U.S. 5, Pakistan 1
U.S. 5, Germany 1
ROSTER FOR 2005 WORLD SENIOR BALL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dennis Beaupre, MA
Rick Breau, MA
B.J. Schreib, PA
Matt Beauchemin, MA
Joe Gendreau, MA
Mark Goodey, NY
Craig Holman, MA
Chris MacKenzie, MA
Tom Perla, MA
Lee Phillips, MA
Matt Cancilla, PA
C.J. Dempsey, PA
David Dorsey, PA
Jeff Ignelzi, PA
Steve Kendall, MA
Ryan Kosinski, PA
Conan Langlois, MA
Josh McKenna, MA
Brian Reynolds, MA
Dan Richard, MA
Rob Sheridan, MA
Jim Stratticos, MA
Dante Suarez, MA
Chris Housser, MA
Assistant GM/Coach: Mark Madden, PA
Coach: Peter Walters, MA
Team Representative: Tim Housser, MA
TOP GOALIE AS U.S. TAKES 4TH
native B.J. Schreib was named the tournament’s Outstanding
Goaltender as the United States finished fourth in the 3rd annual
World Junior (under-20) Street & Ball Hockey Championships
in Martin, Slovakia, June 24-27.
in three games as the U.S. went 2-3. Schreib’s goals-against
average was 1.66, his save percentage was .920 and he played particularly
heroically in his team’s 1-0 loss to defending champion
The U.S. beat
Italy 8-1 and Switzerland 5-1 before finishing round-robin play
with the loss to the Czechs. The U.S. then lost 2-0 to eventual
champ Slovakia in the semifinals before losing to Canada 3-2 in
the bronze medal game.
the two best goalies in the tournament, period," said U.S.
Coach Mark Madden. "It's awesome to see B.J. get the recognition,
but Bobby Vorse of Leominster [Mass.] played great in his games,
too, and could have just as easily
gotten the award.
B.J., he was absolutely brilliant. Phenomenal. His game is all
about poise and positioning, and that was certainly evident in
this tournament. He makes hard saves look easy."
led the U.S. with four goals, followed by fellow Pittsburgh natives
Ryan Jones and C.J. Dempsey with three and two, respectively.
Leominster's Nick Caponi, Tyson Lajoie and Matt Skehan each netted
one ball, as did Pittsburgh's John Chmiel, Sean Davis and Joe
The U.S. team
played great defense, as the Leominster trio of Adam Meza, Jake
Schofield and Ryan Pozerycki combined with the Pittsburgh troika
of Davis, Hadley and Cory Citriniti to give Schreib and Vorse
was a great effort by all the kids,” said Madden. “It’s
the most competitive a U.S. team has ever been in the world championships.
With one fortunate bounce, we would have won a medal. With a series
of fortunate bounces, well, who knows?”
ROSTER FOR 2004 USA JUNIOR TEAM
B.J. Schreib, PA*
Bobby Vorse, MA
Cory Citriniti, PA
Sean Davis, PA*
Joe Hadley, PA
Adam Meza, MA
Ryan Pozerycki, MA
Jake Schofield, MA*
Matt Cancilla, PA*
Nick Caponi, MA
John Chmiel, PA
C.J. Dempsey, PA*
Jay Girlardo, PA
Ryan Jones, PA
Tyson Lajoie, MA
Steve Shaw, MA
Matt Skehan, MA
U.S. team in WJC 2002.
Jerry Bass, PA
Brian Errigo, PA
Mark Madden, PA
Bob Vorse, MA
Chris Housser, MA
Men’s World Ball Hockey Championships
Italy 4, United
United States 2, Bermuda 1
Switzerland 5, United States 3
United States 13, Latvia 0
Canada 8, United States 3
United States 6, Austria 2
Germany 5, United States 2
Leominster, MA (3-10-13)
Lee Phillips, Niagara Falls (5-2-7)
Craig Holman, Leominster, MA (5-1-6)
Bryan Kalina, Long Island (1-4-5)
Brad Forest, Leominster, MA (4-0-4)
Steve Russell, Pittsburgh (3-1-4)
Ray Richard, Leominster, MA (2-2-4)
Anthony Cillo, Long Island (2-1-3)
David Welsh, Pittsburgh (2-1-3)
Paul Baker, Long Island (1-1-2)
Mark Goodey, Long Island (0-2-2)
Tom Perla, Leominster, MA (0-2-2)
Chris McKenzie, Niagara Falls (1-0-1)
Dan Richard, Leominster, MA (1-0-1)
Dan Broderick, Everett, MA (0-1-1)
Josh McKenna, Leominster, MA (0-1-1)
Doug Sedille, Lynn, MA (0-1-1)
Rick Breau, Leominster, MA (0-0-0)