The Northwest Toronto Ball Hockey Leagues and its affiliates would like to congratulate all the Provincial teams that participated this past weekend for the 'E' Championship in Toronto, 'D' in London and 'C' in Oakville. What a weekend it was as we took home 2 Golds and 1 Silver to conclude one of the finest accomplishments by our member teams in one weekend.
Congratulations to Julian Stanghieri and his Ninja Turtles team, from the Vaughan Ball Hockey Leagues Tier 3 division, who lost in the 'C' finals 2-1 to the Kitchener Blackhawks. Playing with only 12 players all weekend this team showed poise and determination all weekend long. Of Note the Ninja Turtles defeated Toronto Ball Hockey Leagues Toronto Hitmen 3-2 on the semi-final to advance.
Next up was the 'D' Provincials. A team to be reckoned with all season the Toronto Pirates, from the Vaughan Ball Hockey Leagues Tier 4 loop, showed the rest of the Province why they are the Champs going 7-0 and capturing the Cup with a 2-1 win over Acton Franky's. Northwest's Vaughan division has now won this Provincial Championship two of the last three years. Congratulations to Dave Armata and his team on the Championship. This club ran the table in the regular season going 15-0-1, 6-0 in the playoffs and 7-0 at the Provincials. An amazing 28-0-1!
The 'E' Provincial final had a special feel to it as two of our clubs Downsview Park's Sidewinders played Mississauga's York Canadians. Congratulations to both John Ventullo and Tony Miniaci on a great run to the final. But when the dust settled the Sidewinders prevailed with a convincing 5-0 victory.
The Northwest BHL and its affiliates leagues has just proved that to be the best you have to beat the best. This is where the best ball hockey players play!