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New Men's and Women's Champions Hail Victorious on Golden Pond

Huntsville, Ontario –  The conditions in Muskoka were frigid, but the pond hockey action was sizzling in the 4th Annual Source for Sports Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships.

Mother nature served up minus 15 degree temperatures, while the world’s largest pond hockey event served up new men’s and women’s champions.

In the Men’s Championship Final, Team Vandal from Brampton, Ontario came out on top by a score of 18-12 in a hard fought game against the Champions Quebecois de Hockey D’Antan. Captained by Brandon Dawe, Team Vandal demonstrated exceptional speed and puck control to take the top crown in the 2009 Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships.  Team Vandal were semi-finalists the last three years of the event, making the victory exceptionally sweet for Dawe and his squad of fellow Bramptonians. “I guess people know who we are now,’ said Dawe.

In one of the men’s semi-final matches, the Champions Quebecois de Hockey D’Antan, handily beat 2-time Canadian National Pond Hockey Champions, the Barrie Theta TTS Bruins by a score of 14-5. In the Friday and Saturday action leading up to Sunday's play-offs, Barrie seems unbeatable posting a 5 and 0 record and the best +/- performance of all the men's teams. The Champions Quebecois de Hockey D’Antan, winners of Quebec's highest pond hockey honour in 2008, cracked Barrie's defense, the first team to do so since the finals in 2006. They did so with the help of a former NY Islander draft pick.

It was a similar story in the Women’s Championships, as the Wade Belaks from Toronto advanced to the women’s finals for 4th consecutive year, but this time converting their appearance into a 7-6 victory over two-time women’s champions, the Rink Rake Rinkles from Montreal. 

In the Men's Recreational Finals, the Art Vandelays from Tavistock, Ontario edged out Ember’s Hockey from Windsor, by a score of 17-15. Up until the final minute they were tied.

The men’s and women’s championship teams will have their rosters engraved on the Maple Cup for all to see at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“It was another great weekend with great friendships renewed among the more than one-thousand players and volunteers involved,” said Neil Lumsden, executive Director.

Attention at Deerhurst Resort now turns to next weekend, January 30-February 1st, for the Men’s and Women’s Masters Championships highlighted by “a reunion on the pond” by former NHLers Scott Thornton and Vince Damphousse. The duo played on 4 teams together over their NHL careers, and have entered a team called Scandinave Crew.

The NHL Alumni is also getting in the Canadian National Pond Hockey action with two exhibition games featuring Mark Napier, Gary Leeman, Dennis Maruk, Jack Valiquette and Danny Daoust.  The NHL Alumni team will compete against the two Canadian National Pond Hockey teams with the highest bids in a special on-line auction to raise money for the NHL Alumni's 'Hockey's Greatest Family Fund'. 


For more information or to arrange interviews contact:

Gary Holloway, 905.638.4226 gary@canadapondhockey.ca,
Neil Lumsden, 905-961.6030, neil@canadapondhockey.ca
Championship Headquarters: 3375 North Service Road, Suite A12-A15 Burlington, ON  L7N 3G2  905-336-0568

36 to 29 Shoot out in Source for Sports Western Regional Pond Hockey Men's Finals Sets Record

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2009

36-29 Shoot out in Source for Sports Western Regional Pond Hockey Men's Finals Sets Record

The Gilnockie Ruttin' Bucks reined victorious over the Benson Oilers in a 36-29 shoot-out in the Source for Sports Western Regional Pond Hockey Men's Finals today in Rossland, BC. The 65 goals set an all-time record for a Source for Sports Canadian National Pond Hockey game.

The Gilnockie Ruttin' Bucks and Benson Oilers thrilled spectators with one of the most exciting games ever since the launch of the Canadian National Pond Hockey program according to Executive Director Neil Lumsden.

The Bucks were led by captain Aaron Shreives of South Slocan, BC, while Travis Drake of Rossland, led the Oilers.

Eliminated in the men's semi-finals were the Grand Fork Bulls led by former Anaheim Might Duck Kevin Sawyer of Christina Lake, and the Source for Sports Cellar Dwellars led by Daryl Zibin of Castlegar.  The Cellar Dwellars have also entered the Master's Division of the upcoming Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships in Muskoka, Ontario.

The women's finals was an equally intense game, with the Team Lady Stanlies of Rossland edging out the Kooteney Wild Things by a score of 19-16. Captain Megan Olson led her shinny squad in the come-from-behind victory over the opposing team led by Tracy McCallum also of Rossland.

The Castle Hardware Hellions and Flying Steam Shovel Screaming Pylons (pictured at left) were knocked out in the women's semi's.

The event attracted a total of 27 teams and created a buzz in the alpine village of Rossland.  "We wanted to bring a piece of Canada's premier pond hockey event to our outdoor paradise here in Rossland, and we're exceptionally pleased with the outcome," says John Reed, President, Rossland Chamber of Commerce, who organized the event. "This is something we look forward to building on."

From a noisy celebration with volunteers Sunday evening, Lumsden summed up the event with these words. "Simply put. It was a spectacular event at a spectacular setting."

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For More Information:

John Reed, 250.368.1136
Dorian Andrewes 905.933-5737

visit www.canadapondhockey.ca for team information and photos
for standings visit www.allprosoftware.net/WesternRegionalPondHockeyChamps/

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