Black Horse got boost from Black Knights for national championship

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Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan doesn’t shy away from the fact that he chose to play with the Montreal Black Knights over Newfoundland and Labrador entries at national ball hockey tournaments throughout the 2000’s.

“I didn’t play with Newfoundland because they didn’t have a chance to win. They would go and get blown out,” says Ryan, who won a national title with Black Knights in 2008.

“Maybe looking back I could have been part of that, but I rejoined Newfoundland at the right time when it was headed in the right direction.”

That was in 2010 in St. John’s, when Ryan was part of the Newfoundland Black Horse team that included, among others, NHLers Adam Pardy and Teddy Purcell and former major junior players Scott Brophy and Patrick O’Keefe. The team would dominate the competition on its way to the national title that put the province back on the national ball hockey map.

After being bounced in the quarter-final round last year, Ryan and the Black Horse are in Edmonton this week for the national championships. And they are actually benefitting from Ryan’s prior connection to the Black Knights and the national program.

With players such as Donnie Gosse and Brad Greene, among a few others, unable to make it to Edmonton, Ryan reached out to the Montreal club and to secure the services of Mike Stinziani, Joey D’Amico and Paolo Musto. All three were members, along with Ryan and O’Keefe, of the Canadian team that claimed silver at the 2011 World Cup in Slovakia.

Evan Mosher, who played between the pipes in 2010 and last year, was also unable to make the trip this week, so the Black Horse have enlisted Edmonton goalie Tim Barlow, a graduate of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors who also played with Team Canada last year.

“Getting the three Black Knights and Barlow was huge,” says Ryan.

“I might be getting ahead of myself. We could blow it yet, but we’ve got a better, more solid foundation here this year than we did in Brampton last year. I think we’re one of the better teams here, if not the best team.”

“If we lose in the quarters again, then we’ve underachieved.”

The rest of the Black Horse roster includes locals Justin Barbour, Jeremy Bishop, Andrew Brennan, Peter Cabral, Andrew Dewland, Mike Dyke, Jordan Escott, Shaun Fagan, Chris Feltham, Tyler Gale, Chris Owens, Justin Pender, Chris Sparkes and coach Ian Moores.

The Black Horse opened with a 2-1 win over Manitoba Selects Tuesday. Escott and O’Keefe supplied the goals. They play twice today, first against the St. Michael's BHC then against the Calgary Phantoms.




Geographic location: Black Horse, Newfoundland and Labrador, Montreal Edmonton Moose Jaw Canada Brampton Jordan

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  • BallHockey
    August 17, 2012 - 14:19

    bring it home colour GOLD. Its great to see ball hockey making a huge comeback in Newfoundland, Terry Ryan, Ian Moores and Peter Cabral should be applauded for this. It is not unusual at the national or world level to have some forms of imports, it happens in every sport. I cant wait to see our Newfoundlanders playing next year at the World Championships in St. Johns.

    • Happy Gilmore
      August 18, 2012 - 21:40

      Our team is from Edmonton (Voodoo) we played in the provincials in Calgary this year. Competition was tough...but nothing like I saw in the Nationals this year wow! I was fortunate to watch the Black horse all week here in Edmonton And was cheering them on. This is an amazing team to watch. All week they could do no wrong. Justin Pender was on fire shooting from the blue line. I watch the gold metal game today and was disappointed at the out come. Montreal Red Light picked a good game to have their best game. And the Black Horse unfortunately had their worst game of the tournament. Happy G

  • Ball Hockey
    August 17, 2012 - 14:13

    the effort being put by several Newfoundlanders to bring ball hockey back to its hayday is awesome!! Terry Ryan, Ian Moores, Peter Cabral, Paul Barron should be applauded for getting this sport back in the right direction. All sports at the national level or world level always have some form of imports on the team, i hope we get to see a bunch of Newfoundlanders at the Worlds next year in St. Johns. Good luck boys bring home the GOLD!!

  • go Newfoundland
    August 16, 2012 - 12:27

    I am reading alot of stupid comments from people who have probably never watched or been involved with Newfoundland ball hockey. Many Newfoundlanders were asked but because of work committments etc. couldn't make the trip. Do you really think that the rest of the teams here are not picking up players. Use your brains! No different than picking up players for the Allan Cup. Over 90% of the players are Newfoundlanders and we are proud of them. Go Newfoundland!

  • been there
    August 15, 2012 - 12:15

    ball hockey is so full of maniacs that shouldn't be allowed out of the house let alone in a rink.

  • Local Talent
    August 15, 2012 - 10:25

    I know right, If they were allowed more the 6 picks ups i am sure it would be just terry and the rest of the Montreal Black Knights and still be called NFLD. I guess thats now he makes Team Canada every year the Black Knights coach is Team Canada coach.

  • Bern Mahoney
    August 15, 2012 - 10:02

    I agree, team should be composed of a full squad of locals. We won two years ago with a team full of nl'ers, why now do we need the help of Quebec and Alberta to fill out a roster. I obviously home they bring home the gold, but like the rest of us NL'ers, we would've rather they did it with locals. We have one of the best leagues in Canada, but felt the need to add players from elsewhere, but with Terry and Ian at the helm, it's no surprise.

  • gh
    August 15, 2012 - 10:02

    There are more than enought guys here that could have played and are not, heard that if Donnie Gosse played with NL, he could not play with team Canada, dont make sense because im sure TR and PC and others will play for team Canada and Portugal (PC),and im sure others playing for NL can make team Canada

  • Ger
    August 15, 2012 - 09:57

    Maybe if fellows like Ryan thought more of their province rather than themselves we would stand more of a chance. Also, picking up players from other provinces and still calling the team Newfoundland is a farce

  • Local talent
    August 15, 2012 - 09:05

    Yes shaun fagan is a friend of Ian's, i don't think he played ball hockey in his life. It isn't right that they picked up players from Montreal when we have enough talent that played in the Molson Ball Hockey league this year. The team should of been made up of Newfoundlanders not NL and Montreal. PS. Donny Goose wanted to play with Edmonton but Paul Barron wouldn't let him so he said no to NFLD...Cheers

  • MIkey Big Pond
    August 15, 2012 - 08:14

    Shaun Fagan? The Pride of Aldershot Street. Was never much of a ball hockey player, but I know he's a buddy of Ian's. Hopefully he grew 9 inches and gained 50 lbs. Good luck boys.