2015 IIHF World Championships are underway!
TAMPERE – The 16 teams have arrived to play at the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship that...

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2015 Team Canada Final Roster Announced
  Dauphin, MB - Team Canada has announced the complete roster for the upcoming 2015 IIHF Worl...

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2015 Team Canada Short List Announced
Dauphin, MB - After a solid weekend of evaluating some of the best Canadian roller hockey talent a...

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Team Canada Tryout Date / Locations Announced
Team Canada Identification Camps Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps a...

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2015 IIHF World Championships are underway!
2015 Team Canada Final Roster Announced
2015 Team Canada Short List Announced
Team Canada Tryout Date / Locations Announced

2015 IIHF World Championships are underway!

TAMPERE – The 16 teams have arrived to play at the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship that starts on Sunday in Tampere with all games being streamed live and for free. It will be an event on home soil for defending champion Finland.

The event takes place in the second-largest urban area of Finland from 5th to 11th July. It’s only the second time after Kuopio in 2005 that the Inline Hockey World Championship takes place in Finland and the Finns couldn’t have selected a better year after winning the last edition one year ago in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

In inline hockey history five different countries have so far managed to win gold and they will be in the focus to do so again this year: the United States (6 titles), Sweden (5), Finland (4), Canada (2) and the Czech Republic (1).

Finland will open the event on 5th July against recently promoted Slovenia while Sweden will play the Czech Republic in the other Group A game. In Group B record champion United States will face Germany on the first day while last year’s silver medallist Canada will take on Slovakia.

After three days of round-robin play and a day off, the final round will begin on Thursday with the cross-over quarter-finals.

According to the same format the Division I will be played with the winner being promoted to the top division of the next Inline Hockey World Championship.

At the secondary rink Great Britain, Latvia, Austria and Bulgaria will compete in Group C, and Australia, Croatia, Hungary and Argentina in Group D. Bulgaria returned to Division I play after winning the European qualification tournament in Sofia against Israel, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia while Argentina also won its qualification tournament at home in Buenos Aires against Hong Kong and Chile.

Storied hockey venue

Tampere is an experienced host for international hockey tournaments. The Tampere Ice Arena, also known as Hakametsa, was originally built to host the 1965 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and was also one of the venues for the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1982, 1991, 1997 and 2003. Tampere was also the main venue of the 2007 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship and of the 1992 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.

The 7,300-seat arena, home of the ice hockey teams Ilves and Tappara, also has two additional rinks. The second rink will host the Division I tournament except for the medal games.

With the tournament taking place roughly two weeks after midsummer, participants can enjoy up to 22 hours of sunlight each day. The teams were welcomed in Tampere with up to 26°C and sunshine this week while they will soon have cooler temperatures on competition days.

Among the sights Tampere can offer is also an ice hockey museum with the Finnish Hall of Fame.

All 46 games streamed live

Like in the last three editions the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship will be streamed live and for free. This time 46 games from both divisions and rinks will be broadcast on IIHF.com. From the top division game highlights will also be made available.

Click here to access the live stream: Top Division, Division I

Teams registered

Argentina was the first team from abroad to arrive in Tampere already last Sunday while the last team arrived in the evening before the start of the tournament. The team rosters of all teams will be published tonight and can be found here: Top Division, Division I

New Rule Book online

Same as ice hockey also inline hockey got a new rule book for the 2015 season, which can be found on the tournament information page. The book has been completely restructured and redesigned to serve as a standalone rule book for inline hockey.

At the main arena where all top division games will take place a video goal judge system will be used for the first time.

Click here for the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship page.

MARTIN MERK

2015 Team Canada Final Roster Announced

 

Dauphin, MB - Team Canada has announced the complete roster for the upcoming 2015 IIHF World Championships in Tampere, Finland from July 5 - 11th. Team Canada has finished on the podium for the past 4 seasons, the current longest medal streak of any team in the tournament (2011-Bronze, 2012-Gold, 2013 –Bronze, 2014-Silver).

 

While the newest version of Team Canada has several returning players from last season’s Silver winning team, some new faces will see their first IIHF level action.

 

"This season's identification camps were well attended and some of the strongest competition we've seen in recent years," Nathan Fleck, Executive Director explained, "Since the program has been established in these communities, we still have Team Canada alumni attending the identification camps regularly so we are able to evaluate all players who attend to the IIHF level that we require for our team to be successful. As we've said before, our goal is always to bring a team stronger than the previous season and we feel that the new players added, as well as the development of some of our returning players over the past winter make this team a strong contender once again."

 

2015 Team Canada Roster

1. G Brett Leggat Hamilton, ON

2. G Tommy Nixon Sherwood Park, AB

3. D Kyle Henderson Edmonton, AB

4. D Kirk French Langley, BC

5. D Brendan Baumgartner, Edmonton AB

6. D James Isaacs, Victoria BC

7. D Brennan Luscombe, Burlington, ON

8. D Adam Ross, Red Deer AB

9. F Thomas Woods, Vancouver, BC

10. F Richard Vanderhoek, Langley BC

11. F Chris Santiago, Langley BC

12. F Brett Bulmer, Prince George BC

13. F Josh Foote Sherwood Park, AB

14. F Chris Rauckman, Red Deer AB

15. F Dave Hammond, Orange, CA

16. F Malcolm Gould, North Vancouver, BC

 

You can follow Team Canada during the championships at www.niha.ca via video interviews, stories and live game updates.

For more information on NIHACanada and Team Canada, please contact:

 Nathan Fleck
Executive Director
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2015 Team Canada Short List Announced

Dauphin, MB - After a solid weekend of evaluating some of the best Canadian roller hockey talent at the Identification Camps in BC and Alberta along with several Unable To Attend player applications, our Men's National Team Program is proud to release the short list of players being considered for a roster spot on Team Canada for the IIHF World Inline Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland July 5-11th.

"We were very appreciative of the support from North Shore Inline Hockey Association and Alberta Mens Roller Hockey League in promoting our ID Camps and helping to organize key aspects of the event" said Nathan Fleck, Executive Director NIHA-Canada. "Without the local leagues efforts in their community, we wouldn't have the opportunity to come out and see the hidden talent across our country."

Jason Stephens, Head Coach Team Canada explained the next steps in finalizing the 2015 Team Canada Roster. "Today, we are announcing the short list of 26 players that we feel are in the mix for a roster spot. We will continue this week to have more internal meetings and eventually come up with our final roster, but all the players on the list announced today are being looked at further regarding a potential role within our program this summer."

"We're in a great situation with such a solid talent turnout for this years team, so it's going to be tough going while we work our way down to a final roster out of this list of 26 players" Stephens continued. "Each one of these players will be contacted by our team staff directly to let them know how they evaluated and where we recognized their strengths. Players who attended the identification camps or submitted Unable to Attend requests and did not make it onto this list, can contact us if they would like more information on their personal evaluation via phone or email."

The Team Canada Roster Short List includes the following players (in alphabetical order):

 

  1. Bryan Arneson (F)
  2. Brendan Baumgartner (D)
  3. Brett Bulmer (F)
  4. Jamie Deba (G)
  5. Josh Foote (F)
  6. Kirk French (D)
  7. Malcolm Gould (F)
  8. Max Grassi (F)
  9. Dave Hammond (F)
  10. Kyle Henderson (D)
  11. James Isaacs (D)
  12. Brett Leggat (G)
  13. Brennan Luscombe (D)
  14. Cam Maclise (F)
  15. Tyler Martens (F)
  16. Jeremy McKibbon (F)
  17. Tommy Nixon (G)
  18. Chris Rauckman (F)
  19. Jonah Renouf (F)
  20. Nate Renouf (F)
  21. Adam Ross (D)
  22. Chris Santiago (F)
  23. Richard Vanderhoek (F)
  24. Kade Vilio (F)
  25. Stefan Virtanen (D)
  26. Thomas Woods (F)

Team Canada Tryout Date / Locations Announced

Team Canada Identification Camps

Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps across Canada which are open for anyone to attend and be evaluated by our Team Canada Staff for potential selection to Team Canada.

In 2015, Team Canada Identification Camps will be held:

ALBERTA – May 10th, 2015 – MILLENIUM PLACE, SHERWOOD PARK AB

BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 9th, 2015 – KAREN MAGNUSSEN ARENA, NORTH VANCOUVER BC

Each Identification consists of 2 – 90 minute on floor sessions as well as 1 – 30 minute off floor session which allows players to showcase their skills in front of Team Canada Staff

Full evaluations are made based on each players performance at the Identification Camp and consideration will be given for selection to Team Canada based on this information.

 

Team Canada Timeline

1) CURRENTLY - Team Canada Identification Camp Online Registration Opens

2)May 1st  – Unable to Attend Application submission deadline

3) May 9th & 10th  – Team Canada Identification Camps

5)May 14th -  Team Canada Selection and Roster Announcement

6)July 5th - 12th  – IIHF Men’s World Inline Hockey Championships, Tampere Finland

 

If you would like to try out for Team Canada please click here to register.

 

NIHA-Canada’s Team Canada Program attends the annual International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Mens World Inline Hockey Championship and since our return to this event, Team Canada has medalled in all of the last 4 years.

2014 - Pardubice, Czech Republic, Silver Medal (2nd)

2013 - Dresden, Germany - Bronze Medal (3rd)

2012- Ingolstadt, Germany - Gold Medal (1st)

2011 – Pardubice, Czech rep – Bronze Medal (3rd)

2010 – Karlstad, Sweden – 4th

2009 – Ingolstadt, Germany – 7th

2008 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Gold Division 1 (9th – promoted to Top Division)

 

Each year we receive a number of questions related to Team Canada and specifically the Team Selection Process. In order to assist in clearing up any misconceptions and answer many questions, we are pleased to outline the Selection Process in detail. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.

 

Team Canada Eligibility and Selection Process is outlined as follows:

Player Eligibility:

 

In order to qualify for potential selection to Team Canada, players must meet the following requirements:

 

1)Be a minimum 18 years of age

2)Be a Canadian Citizen ( and be able to provide proper citizenship documents ie. Canadian Passport)

 

**There is no minimal skill level requirement in order for a player to go through the Identification / Selection Process

 

Selection Process:

Team Canada is selected via 2 processes in order to allow an opportunity for anyone interested to be identified for consideration:

 

1)Team Canada Identification Camps

                         2)Unable to Attend Camp Applications (UTA)

 

Selection Process Details 

1)Team Canada Identification Camps – Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps across Canada which are open for anyone to attend and be evaluated by our Team Canada Staff for potential selection to Team Canada

In 2015, Team Canada Identification Camps will be held:

ALBERTA – May 10th, 2015 –MILLENIUM PLACE, SHERWOOD PARK AB

BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 9th, 2015 – KAREN MAGNUSSEN ARENA, NORTH VANCOUVER BC

 

Each Identification consists of 2 – 90 minute on floor sessions as well as 1 – 30 minute off floor session which allows players to showcase their skills in front of Team Canada Staff

Full evaluations are made based on each players performance at the Identification Camp and consideration will be given for selection to Team Canada based on this information.

**Attending a Team Canada Identification Camp is the best way to be considered for the final roster as you are actually seen by the Coaches/Evaluators**

To register for any of these tryouts, please follow CLICK HERE as well as to download the full Identification Camp Package.

**Each player attending the Identification Camps will be required to provide credit card information at the time of registering for the Player Registration Fee. (If you are not selected to the team your credit card will not be charged with the fee)

2)Unable To Attend Camp (UTA):with such a vast country plus limited time and resources, it is not possible to hold an Identification Camp in each province. In addition, there are a number of players who are unable to attend an Identification Camp due to where they live, too far from a Camp, still away at University or playing with their ice hockey team in another province/state. In trying to be open and fair to all players, we respect these challenges and provide a process for these players to be considered even if they cannot attend the Camps. To be considered under this item, you must meet the following criteria:

 

a.Provide written documentation to NIHA-Canada of the special circumstances that do not allow you to attend an Identification Camp.

 

b.Provide written letters of reference from at least 2 individuals (ideally coaches).

c.Provide a detailed history of your inline and ice hockey background for the last 5 years, including team, league, position, etc. 

d.This information does not guarantee a spot on the roster, but is invaluable in assisting the evaluators in assessing the entire list of eligible players.

e.As mentioned above in Item #1, the best way to be considered for the final roster is to be seen by the Coaches/Evaluators. We encourage all players to make every effort to attend one of the Identification Camps.

f.Note: Only legitimate and verifiable reasons for not attending the camp will be accepted. (eg. Out of country for work, school, hockey)

 

 

**THIS MUST ALL BE SUBMITTED TO TEAM CANADA NO LATER THAN APRIL 18TH ,MAY 1ST, 2015.

A meeting will be held to go over and discuss all applications and a committee will respond within 72 hours to each applicant with one of the following responses via email:

a)Your Unable To Attend Application must provide an acceptable reason for your inability to attend a Team Canada Identification Camp. You will not be required to attend a camp in order to be considered for selection to the 2015 Team Canada Roster.

b)Your Unable to Attend Application has not provided an acceptable reason for your inability to attend a Team Canada Identification Camp. You will be required to attend a camp in order to be considered for selection to the 2015 Team Canada Roster.

Team Canada Selection Policies:

Team Canada’s final roster which will attend the 2015 IIHF World Inline Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland July 5th - 12th, 2015 will consist of:

-12 Skaters

-2 Goaltenders

These players will be selected through the above mentioned processes with the following minimum/maximum roster spot allocations:

a)A MINIMUM of 8 roster spots will be selected via the Team Canada Identification Camp Process and a MAXIMUM of 6 roster spots may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process, based on there being 4 Team Canada Identification Camps being held across Canada for selection.

i.If fewer than 4 Team Canada Identification camps are being held, the maximum roster spots which may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process will increase by 2 for each camp that is not being held. Ie. If 3 Identification Camps are held, a minimum of 6 roster spots will be selected via the Team Canada Identification Camp Process and a maximum of 8 roster spots may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process.

ii. There is no minimum number of roster spots allocated to each camp. (ie. With 2 Identification Camps in 2014, there is no guarantee of 2 players selected from each camp. These roster spots are selected based on finding the strongest players for the team and potentially all 6 may be selected from the same camp)