Ball Hockey International’s annual Jumpstart Jammer tournament series offers the opportunity for highly skilled teams from across the province to face off against each other. Spread over two weekends, one for the youth and the other for adult divisions, players compete with other championship-calibre teams from within their own age brackets.
The game of ball hockey offers a unique experience for both youth and adult players to compete in a fast-paced, challenging sport at a very affordable rate. The games are just as intense (if not more intense) than ice hockey. Players build their individual skill sets in stickhandling and shooting while working on conditioning. Ball hockey is a great all-year-round sport and/or a great opportunity to keep up conditioning in another sport’s offseason.
This year’s youth Jumpstart Jammer was held on the July 17/18 weekend at the Welland BHI location. The city of Welland was well represented in both the Pee Wee and Bantam divisions. The Welland Rebels Pee Wee squad took on the Warriors from London. After beating the Warriors in the round-robin portion of the tournament, London came out of the gates with a quick 1 – 0 lead early in the first period. Welland then responded before the end of the frame to even the game at 1 – 1. The tight-checking game was opened up again when London regained the lead and held on for the victory in a nail-biting 2-1 final.
The Welland Rebels Bantam were next on the floor to battle a team from Brantford cleverly named ‘No Regretzkys’. The Rebels opened the scoring on a blast from Daniel Legault early in the first period. The game then turned into a back-and-forth affair under the hot July sun. With the game tied 4 – 4 late in the final frame, Welland seized the opportunity with a man advantage to take the title at the home rink in a 5 – 4 final. Both teams deserve a lot of credit for their exciting play offering a fun-to-watch brand of hockey.
All final games at BHI were also broadcast live via JVI Sports network. JVI Sports offers fans the chance to catch games live and players can also watch themselves following their games on their live-streaming website http://jvisportsnetwork.com/.