With the passing of 2012, comes the conclusion of another year of Ball Hockey from the NWTBHL, DPBHL, PRBHL and the Premier BHL. Here is a quick rundown of the accomplishments of our teams at various stages.
The year started with the Brampton Express capturing the Fall/Winter Premier title in a two game sweep over the Toronto Thunder. The Thunder was able to reach the finals of the DPBHL Premier league for the fifth consecutive session.
At the Tier 2 level the Winter 2012 Champions were the Toronto Titans who beat the North York Nordiques in the finals. The Titans would qualify for the Canada Cup of Ball Hockey along with the Vaughan Pylons (Fall Champs) as Downsview Park BHL representatives.
In the DPBHL’s Masters Winter Championship the Saints would defeat the Venetian Lions in a three game series winning game three 1-0 in overtime. With the win the Saints would qualify for the Provincials.
Qualifying for the Canada Cup of Ball Hockey which took place in late May in Oshawa, the Premier leagues Mississauga Hawks were victorious over the Metro Orangemen. Both teams would qualify for the tournament along with the third place Vaughan Red Wings as the Premier Division would send four teams to this prestigious event.
The Greater Toronto Tier 2 summer season saw three teams crowned as division winners. The Peel division saw the Mississauga Islanders continue their dominance in their region defeating the Mississauga Flash to advance to the Provincial Championships. The North York Hitmen won the Toronto Championships and the North York Nordiques would capture the Vaughan Championship. The Toronto Titans would get an invite to the Provincials through the qualifier process as would the Pit Demons in hopes of being crowned Ontario Champions.
Victorious in two epic series the 2012 Premier season saw the coming out party of the Toronto Polar Bears. The Bears eliminated both the first place Vaughan Red Wings and the defending Premier Champions the Brampton Express on their way to reaching the Premier finals in only their second year in the league. After a semi-final finish in 2011 and a final appearance in 2012, 2013 may be the year of the Bear.
In the inaugural Canada Cup of Ball Hockey in July the Brampton Express captured the title with a hard fought 4-2 victory over a young club the Penetang Blazers. The Express faced another Premier foe in the semi-final round ousting the Mississauga Hawks in an 8-5 goal fest. The Express and their list of accomplishment continue to grow.
With five chances at the coveted “B” Provincial Championships, luck was not on our side, as a strong side from St. Catherine’s would rein supreme eliminating our Titans in the semi-final round.
The Masters Provincials were hosted by our very own Peel Regional Ball Hockey League. The Saints and Venetian Lions would face each other in the semi-finals with the Saints coming away with a 4-2 victory. The Saints then faced the perennial powerhouse from Kanata in the final and were downed 3-2. A great effort nonetheless.
At the “C” Provincial Championships in Oakville Northwest Toronto BHL Toronto Champs Toronto Hitmen and Vaughan Champs Ninja Turtles both reached the semi-finals meeting each other in an entertaining game, the Turtles would reach the final with a 3-2 win. The undermanned Turtles would meet the Kitchener Blackhawks in the final and would succumb 3-2. Congratulations to both teams on a great tournament.
The Northwest Toronto BHL Vaughan division Champions Toronto Pirates had a remarkable season. A team to be reckoned with all season the Pirates showed the rest of the Province why they are the Champs going 7-0 and capturing the “D” Provincial Championship 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. 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” Provincials saw our Downsview Park BHL Champions Sidewinders face our Peel Regional BHL Mississauga Champions York Canadians in the final. Congratulations to both teams on a great tournament as the Sidewinders would prevail and claim their first Provincial Championship.
Fall 2012 saw the TBB capture their first Fall Tier 2 Championship. Making the jump from the “C” level the Bastone faced the Titans who were looking to become the first team to repeat as Tier 2 Champions. An overtime victory in game one gave the TBB momentum on their way to a two game sweep.
And finally the Falco Steelers would win the 2012 Fall Masters Championship and a berth to the 2013 Provincials with a two games to one win over the Venetian Lions.
To all our 2013 clubs let’s have a prosperous and fun filled 2013.
Tier 2 Convener