Canadian ball hockey teams make their Czech mark

With rosters featuring many players from this province, Canada claims medals at worlds; men take silver, women claim bronze

Published on June 11, 2017

There was certainly a big Newfoundland and Labrador contingent for the women’s world ball hockey championship Saturday in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Team Canada featured five players and the manager from this province, while Steve Power of St. John’s, who is president of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, was on hand for the tournament. Shown holding the Labrador, Canadian and provincial flags are (from left) Power, players Chloe Tinkler of Wabush, April Drake of St. John’s, Dawn Tulk of Port Saunders, Amanda Kean of St. Anthony, Kristen Cooze of Kippens and manager Tom Walsh of Clarenville. Cooze was named the top defender of the world championship.

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Fourteen Newfoundlanders — eight on the men’s team and six on the women’s squad — won silver and bronze medals as the 12th International Street and Ball Hockey Federation world championship clewed up Saturday in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

The men’s team won the silver medal following a tough 6-4 loss to Slovakia in the final game.

The Slovaks, who claimed their third straight world men’s championship, scored with 1:55 to go in regulation time for the win. Canada had erased a three-goal Slovakian lead before surrendering the winning goal, then gave up an empty-netter,

Marcus Power of St. John’s had one of Canada’s four goals. He finished the tournament with nine points (3G, 6A) and as the Canadian’s second leading scorer.

Patrick O’Keefe of Mount Pearl and Brad Yetman and Jordan Escott of St. John’s picked up assists in the championship game.

Other Newfoundlanders on the Canadian squad were Jim Babij and Nathan Yetman of St. John’s, Kevin Reid of Norman’s Cove and head coach Ian Moores of Bay Roberts.

“We represented the country proudly and well,” Moores told the federation’s website.

O’Keefe came away from the tournament with an individual honor, having been named an all-star defenceman.

The Canadian women’s squad — with six Newfoundlanders on the team — won a bronze medal Saturday, beating Slovakia 5-0.

Canada, which had lost 3-2 to the United States in a semifinal, had entered the tournament as two-time defending champion.

On the Canadian team were Kristen Cooze of Kippens, Amanda Kean of St. Anthony, April Drake of St. John’s, Chloe Tinkler of Wabush and Dawn Tulk of Port Saunders. Team manager Tom Walsh hails from Clarenville.

Cooze was the named the tournament’s top defender.

The federation will stage a world championship in metro St. John’s next year, with the world juniors set for here next summer.