The West Coast Wire
N.L. athletes earn master’s ball hockey gold
There are new names to add to the list of Newfoundland and Labrador athletes who have won a world ball hockey title this summer.
This is after five players from this province were members of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the 2023 International Street & Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) Master’s World Championships that wrapped up in Buffalo, New York, recently.
On that team were North Rivers’ Ryan Delaney, Gander’s Mike Dyke, Mount Pearl’s Terry Ryan, Chris Sparkes of St. John’s and Corner Brook’s Jeremy Bishop.
In the final on Sept. 3, Canada met rival United States and the game was as one would expect. It took regulation, overtime and a shootout for Canada to claim the 4-3 victory and the world title.
Sparkes picked up a goal for the Canadians in the gold medal game.
To get to the final, Canada defeated Greece 7-2. In that one, Delaney and Bishop each picked up a goal and an assist, while Ryan assisted on both of their goals.
Prior to that, Canada knocked off Bermuda in the quarterfinals 8-2. Ryan had five points, including a hat trick, while Delaney (one goal and one assist) and Bishop (three assists) also contributed in the win.
In the round robin, Canada was a perfect 4-0 and outscored their opponents 33-6.
For the tournament, Ryan was the leading scorer from this province. In seven games, he had four goals and 14 points for Canada.
Behind him was Bishop with six goals and 12 points, while Delaney had two goals and six points in the tourney. Meanwhile, Sparkes had three points (two goals, one assist) and Dyke had an assist during the tournament.
With Canada’s win, the five from this province make it 18 men and women ball hockey players from the province who were part of Canadian world championship teams this summer. There were nine local athletes on the women’s under-21 gold medal championship team and another four on the men’s under-20 world champion roster.
A trio of players from Newfoundland and Labrador also won bronze with the Canadian under-18 team.