Newfoundlanders moving up in the worlds

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Province will be well-represented on Team Canada for ISBHF championships here in June

Ian Moores, left, assistant coach of Canada’s national men’s ball hockey team, chats with Dawn Tulk of Canada’s women’s team and national men’s team veteran Terry Ryan following a news conference Thursday outlining details for the 2013 International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s championships set for June in metro St. John’s. Seven Newfoundlanders are set to play in the tournaments, with the possibility of more. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

There will be seven Newfoundlanders wearing Canada’s colours at the 2013 world ball hockey championship on the men’s and women’s national teams, with the possibility of more earning roster spots before the drop of the ball in June.

Details on this year’s International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s (ISBHF) championships were announced during a news conference Thursday afternoon in St. John’s.

The men’s and women’s championships are scheduled for metro St. John’s June 2-9, with 27 teams set to play in men’s A and B pools and the women’s division.

Pat O’Keefe and five-year national team veteran Terry Ryan of Mount Pearl, Justin Pender of St. John’s and Andrew Sweetland of Bonavista will suit up for the men’s team, while Kristen Cooze of Kippens, Dawn Tulk of Deer Lake and Amanda Kean of St. Anthony will play for Canada’s women’s team.

The three female players were part of the Newfoundland entry which won the B gold medal at the 2012 national championship in Edmonton.

Ian Moores of Bay Roberts, who will be behind Canada’s bench for the fifth time (three times with the national junior team, and twice with the senior squad), will be an assistant coach on the men’s side for head coach and GM Tony Iannitto.

“There’s definitely a possibility there could be more guys named to the team,” said Moores.

Currently, only 11 players from a 25-man roster have been appointed.

“I think Adam Pardy’s job is there if he wants it,” Moores said of the Bonavista defenceman, who is currently playing for the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans. “And depending on what happens with his junior team, and whether there is a pro opportunity after his year is through, Zach O’Brien (of St. John’s) is in the mix.”

O’Brien is the top scorer on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

“Chris Sparkes (who played in the 2011 national team) and Jordan Escott of St. John’s are right there, too.”

In addition to Moores on the men’s team staff, Dave Roper of Mount Pearl is the national team’s trainer.

On the women’s team, Tom Walsh of Clarenville will assist head coach Christine Pellerin. Dr. Jessica Wade of St. John’s is on the team’s medical staff.

With each team carrying upwards of 25 players, not counting staff and supporters, tournament chairman Paul Barron of St. John’s said there could be as many as 1,000 players, coaches, officials, staff and fans in St. John’s for the event.


That means 400 hotel rooms in the city and an influx of over $3 million for the local economy, according to Destination St. John’s.

Barron said a final 80-plus game schedule has not yet been drawn up, but rinks booked for the championships are Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay and the Mount Pearl Glacier.

There is still a chance Mile One Centre could be used for some of the championships, namely the playoff round, but floor time cannot yet be booked at the downtown facility because of the possibility of dates conflicting with the St. John’s IceCaps if the team reaches the American Hockey League’s post season.

Organizations: Ball Hockey Federation, American Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Canada, Mount Pearl, International Street Deer Lake St. Anthony Newfoundland Bay Roberts Rochester Torbay

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  • Renegades Fan
    February 22, 2013 - 18:25

    Paul Perham would make a great addition to the squad. The kid has a lot of heart and can score really bury it. Go Renegades go!

  • MiketheMechanic
    February 21, 2013 - 18:14

    Roper, Ryan, and escott were' all considered last summer, before either had any idea they'd be with the Cee Bee Stars. It's a chicken and egg thing. Did u ever think maybe Moores liked all three from coaching them in ball hockey and that's why got them into harbour grace? Not the other way around?

  • Ball Hockey Insider
    February 21, 2013 - 18:13

    No doubt Bishop has great hands. With his bad knee can he keep up with the running needed at this level? You all could not be more wrong about Ian Moores. I have spoken with him and he reiterated the scouts and selection committee could care less where any players are from. All that matters is that the best team is on the floor to win Gold for Canada in front of a home town crowd. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion but you know what they say about opinions. "Opinions are like A-Holes. Everyone has one and everyone thinks that everyone else's stinks.

  • SalmonArmBC
    February 21, 2013 - 18:05

    Bishop played fine in 2009 but he's older and hurt his knee back then. He isn't even playing ice hockey this year, I assume injuries. They all played at nationals last august and made the final. Bishop never made the cut but us very respected and if u take everything into account he wouldn't make t over sweetland(magician) or TR. (2 way ten year vet) Last worlds n Slovakia Ryan played with sparkes and another feller they were Canada's best line, came 2nd and 3rd on team Canada in scoring and they lost in final. Highly entertaining, it was on the web. Roper was named trainer 2 years ago when they found out it was here...he,was NLs trainer and I guess canada says why fly a guy in when a local can do it. Roper has done it a long time. Zach O'Brien isn't a CeeBee, he is a leading scorer in the q and ripper up ball hockey scoring this past summer. A no brainer. Moores has coached ball hockey forever. They all happen to b on Ceebees but so is dyke and he could b there. Escott had a great nationals last yr and is young. Some of u must not b informed; these are all sensible picks

  • Kyle Abbott
    February 21, 2013 - 14:18

    Easy on calling for Pardy there Ian. I'm sure he probably has something in his contract about that.

  • East Bound and Down
    February 21, 2013 - 13:37

    Terry 'Kenny Powers' Ryan and Dave ' Stevie' Roper representing the Pearl proudly.

  • The Vet
    February 21, 2013 - 10:48

    I can't see how Jeremy Bishop's name isn't mentioned here!! Really Jordan Escott and Chris Sparkes??? Sparkes got the call last worlds cause they need 5 players from NFLD cause they won the previous Nationals and no one else could go. Not hard to tell Ian Moores has something to do with this and got his Cee Bee Boys a look in. FARCE

    • Johnny
      February 21, 2013 - 11:37

      An absolute farce... Bish has been one of the best players on the island for the past number of years and dosn't get a look in. Sure he finished second in world scoring a few years back. No trouble to tell that Ian Moores has a part to play in this. Sparkes/O'Brein/Escott- what an absolute joke. People wonder why the CeeBee organization are going tits up and about to fold, also big coincidence that Canada (who dominated world ball hockey) hasnt won a gold medal in the last three to four champonships with Moores being involved. Nothing off the Avalon. What a big Joke!!!!

    • Been there
      February 21, 2013 - 14:50

      It is no doubt a smack in the face to Bishop.Everyone involved know its about who u ....!!!

  • Hockey Guru
    February 21, 2013 - 10:05

    Brandon Street of Bonavista would be a great addition to the roster as well.

  • Pearl Hr.
    February 21, 2013 - 09:01

    Finally we'll get something decent to watch in Mt. Pearl. It'll be the only way the Glacier will get fans. If they are expecting any of the ice hockey teams to fill the seats they are sadly mistaken.

  • Juanderful
    February 21, 2013 - 08:56

    Way to go for the NL'ers who were chosen to represent Canada. We have many talented people in our province. Is that Roper guy that fills the CeeBees water bottles? Good to see Terry still living the dream of '95. Here's hoping Moores head doesn't swell any more than it has or its going to be tough getting a jersey down over it. Good luck this summer guys.

  • Bob
    February 21, 2013 - 08:50

    Had a chance to see a few games the last time the worls were here. Great hockey, and would encourage any hockey fan to attend. Skill was amazing! Go Canada go!

  • don
    February 21, 2013 - 06:36

    Was that a joke at end there about icecaps and post season. This is in June it says.... So they think there is chance icecaps will reach finals hey.This is to funny.