After last year’s romp by the Vaughan Red Wings, a 6-2 victory over the Tier 2 All-Stars, this year’s team will be the most dynamic team ever assembled. If the Toronto Titans are to be victorious they will have to earn it. The Titans may be the most dominant Tier 2 team over the last couple of years reaching the finals of both sessions in the Downsview Park Ball Hockey League Tier 2 sessions in 2011 Fall and 2012 Winter and reaching the 2012 Fall Finals this season. The Titans have also made appearances in the last two Provincials proving they are a top notch franchise. So to beat the Titans the All-Stars will be built with three criteria’s in mind speed, strength and offence. Here is the first wave of Tier 2 All-Stars and the list will loaded with the best of the best.
Goaltending as they say wins you games, so let’s start with this year’s top goaltender and the starting goaltender for the All-Stars Ralph Pellicori of the TBB. His numbers speak for themselves and he will be the first piece of the puzzle in creating this awesome team.
Along the backline the team will be built with a collection of players that can fill any roll they are asked, offensively, defensively, special teams these guys can do it all. From the Vaughan Pylons, making his second all-star appearance is Anthony Zeppieri this gifted rear guard has all the tools needed to lead his side to victory. Next from the Mississauga Islanders Tyler Dubroy, this rock solid defenseman is a forwards worst fear, he’s not afraid to lay the body and adds the grit to the back line that every team wish’s they had. From the TBB making his first All-Star appearance is JP Nangini, the quiet leader of the Bastone, Nangini is a coach’s dream and logs mega minute’s night in night out.
The forwards will feature a group that is highlighted by three pair of teammates that will be nearly unstoppable. The Titans will have their hands full. The reigning Tier 2 scoring Champion along with this season’s top forward are first two forwards to be honoured with the distinction of being named All-Stars. Frankie Giustini and linemate Marvic Buttigieg of Vaughan Pylons are two snipers that have their way with many defensemen and goaltenders around the league. Joining the two Pylons, and for the first time in All-Star history a father and son tandem will suit up as Jason Mallais and his son Marcel Mallais, in his first season in Tier 2, have earned All-Star berths and will represent the Leafs Reloaded. From way up north the Barrie Flyers will have the dynamic duo of Randy Kelly and teammate Brian McNellan representing them in this yearly classic of stars. Both forwards had remarkable years and finished in top ten of the scoring race.
The coaching staff headed by Coach of the Year Mario Ventullo of the TBB, will be assisted by Toronto Hitmen coach Rick Ventresca and Vaughan Pylon bench boss Biagio Zeppieri. Keep checking daily as the rest of the team is announced and the team commences to take shape over the coming weeks. Congratulations to all those named to the roster of the Tier 2 All-Stars and stay tuned you may be next.
Tier 2 Commissioner