With the calendar year 2017 serving as one filled with numerous milestones for the women’s game, it simultaneously served as the extension of a growing legacy. The ISBHF World Championships in Pardubice was defined by an event filled with historic firsts, consisting of dramatic excitement and a sense of attainment for all countries involved. While host country Czech Republic emerged with a gold medal, the third country to gain gold on home soil, their opponent features an ambitious group of American competitors reaching the championship game for the first time in program history. The road to the plateau of the finals also involved the US defeating Canada, another tournament first. Pardubice was part of an eventful series of achievements, definitely signifying a paradigm shift. Of note, Alicia Furletti-Blomberg from the Italian team, plus goaltender Rachel Jackson with Great Britain, became the first players from these respective countries to place players on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, the bronze medal game featured Canada and Slovakia renew rivalries. The result for the losing team would be finishing out of the medals for the first time ever. Perhaps no other country embodied the sense of history like the US, attaining its first-ever podium […]
Having first played ball hockey in 2013, Michelle Marsz has quickly emerged as one of the game’s rising stars, reaching the apex of competition by donning Canada’s jersey at the ISBHF Women’s Worlds. In four short years, her career has grown by a quantum leap, attaining numerous podium finishes while adding to an already solid hockey resume. During the calendar year of 2016, Marsz participated in three prestigious tournaments (each contested in Canada), all prologue for the heroics to follow the year later in Pardubice. Competing at the 2016 INDO Canada Cup in Calgary, Alberta, Marsz achieved a fascinating triptych of titanic impact. Emerging with a podium finish (silver), Marsz captured the tournament scoring title, along with Top Defender honors, respectively. Wearing Team Ireland’s colors, Marsz competed at an international 3-on-3 ball hockey tournament in Montreal. With the number 19 adorning the back of her jersey, she experienced the jubilation of another podium finish, earning a bronze medal, as Ireland defeated Team Europe. Before the year would expire, there was also the historic victory at the CBHA National Championships. With three different tournaments resulting in a full spectrum of gold, silver and bronze, Marsz quickly caught the attention of scouts […]
I’ve finally emptied out all the Czech crowns from my wallet and attempted to wash the post-tournament celebration stains out of my once-white Converse. I’ve found more Czech bills in pants pockets than I know what to do with, and every time I’ve gotten into the elevator in my apartment, I half expect it to be full of my screaming teammates. I also half expect it to get stuck or open on the wrong floor… No longer am I eating Nutella on bread or cereal with lukewarm milk for breakfast. I am not doing the spin cycle manually in the bathtub to wash my clothes. What a shock it was to stick a cup in the fridge door and get to choose WHICH kind of ice I wanted. And I don’t even know what to do with the AC; I feel like I’m in subzero temperatures inside my apartment. What an amazing experience. Though it’s hard to pick the top experience of your lifetime while you’re still experiencing life, I’d have to say that this one is ranked pretty high up there. It all started almost a year ago during that first camp in Boston. We showed up, ready to get on the rink and […]
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