Another year has elapsed and with the passing of 12 months come the highs and lows of the Ball Hockey Season’s. 2011 was a year filled many crowning moments.
Our 2011 Downsview Park seasons were filled with thrills and excitement. The Vaughan Red Wings would become the Tier 2 Downsview Park Champions by defeating their rivals the Red Wings and would earn a berth to the 2011 Eastern ‘B’ Regional’s. In the Premier Championship final the Toronto Thunder would face the North York Leafs. The North York Leafs would defeat the Thunder two straight to earn a seed in to the National Qualifier.
Next on our calendar were the Downsview Park All-Star Games. Two All-Star clubs faced off versus the defending champions in their respective Divisions. The Tier 2 All-Stars faced off against the Toronto Polar Bears. The game was one sided as the All-Stars defeated the Bears 8-1. Indy Sandhar was rewarded as the game’s MVP for his solid all around contributions. The Premier All-Stars would face off against the Brampton Express. This game was as close as you could get with the Express squeaking out a 2-1 victory. Jon Macri from St. Mike’s was rewarded as the game MVP for the Premier All-Stars.
In early April and May our Pre Season Tournaments would take place. The final of the Premier tournament which included a USA team would be the Toronto Thunder and Brampton Express. In a game that was excitement from start to finish saw the Thunder defeat the Express 4-2 to take the 2011 Pre Season Tournament Gold Medal. Pauly Neves of the Thunder was chosen as Tournament MVP. In the Tier Two tournament the Red Wings would defeat the Mississauga Islanders 4-3 in close hard fought battle.
The North York Leafs would represent the Premier Division at the 2011 National Qualifier. Unfortunately for the Leafs an OT game in the SF’s would spell the end of their National dream as a young spunky Beeton squad would defeat the Premier Leafs. Beeton would lose the finals to the Ottawa Capitals who along with the Brampton Express would represent Ontario at the National Championships held in Brampton Ontario later in the year.
The Tier 2 qualifier in June would allow an extra team to enter the Provincial Championship. Our Toronto West representative Leafs Reloaded would reach the tournament end versus a strong team from Niagara. The Niagara United club would defeat the Reloaded Leafs 5-1. In the coming weeks they would also win their league seed allowing the Reloaded Leafs to fill the qualifier spot.
In our three home Tier 2 leagues the Mississauga Islanders would defeat the Mississauga Flash to gain the Peel Provincial seed. The Toronto Titans would come away with a thrilling victory over the Leafs Reloaded to gain the Toronto West seed. In a final we saw more often than not the Red Wings would defeat the Vaughan Red Wings to earn the Vaughan seed. The Vaughan Red Wings would also enter the tournament by winning the Playdown seed as they defeated the Red Wings in that final.
The Premier Final was possibly the closest finals in years. The Thunder would win game one before dropping game two and the stage was set for game three. The winner would gain a seed in to the 2012 National Championships. The game was tied at 1-1 late when a Chicky Mentis point shot beats a screened Dan Giffin to give the Express their fourth straight Premier Championship. Chris Morrison Jr. was named Playoff MVP. Matt Tremblett, James Mentis, Dave DiGironimo from the Express and Massimo Principe, Paul Duarte and Kal Kakish from the Thunder were named tournament All Stars.
The Tier 2 Provincials saw us send six representatives. This year was the year of the home club as host center London come away victorious. The London Tiger Jacks defeated our very own Red Wings in the SF’s as Durham and Niagara would fill out the final four. A Durham/London final would see the Tiger Jacks come away with the Gold Medal for 2011.
Hosting the 2011 National Championships in Brampton was like playing in the Express’s back yard. In a dominating show of ball hockey power the Brampton Midnight Express would come away victorious. In the process they eliminated the Newfoundland Black Horse the defending Champions and both Quebec teams Montreal Red Light and Montreal Black Knights.
The Eastern ‘B’ Regional’s saw three Ontario teams. The Vaughan Red Wings, Toronto Polar Bears and The Bastone all made the trek to PEI to compete for the Holy Grail. The Vaughan Red Wings would finish with a silver medal losing a 1-0 final to Quebec Golden Knights.
In our most recent season the Vaughan Pylons have become the Tier 2 Champion’s. Just two weeks before the New Year the Pylon’s defeated the Toronto Titans in a thrilling three game series where the final two games went to OT.
Congratulations to all the teams on a very entertaining 2011 Ball Hockey Season. Have A Happy New Year!
Premier & Tier 2 Commissioner