World Floorball Championships - Can vs USA Part 2
By Greg Beaudin
The Floorball Battle of North America is ON!
A lot at Stake...Winner of this game advances to the World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Polans
Watch Live and Game Details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr1NEK3Y-_0
Tournament Details: iffwfc.org
Tomorrow, at the main arena in Riga, home of the Riga Dinamo Hockey Club of the KHL, we will witness an epic fight between two friendly teams that want to win, but more importantly...aside from the obvious will to win, they share a common goal:
Grow Floorball in the Americas
For many years, we have watched from the sidelines two very different approaches:
The Canadian Team focusing on a grow local strategy, building from U19 Canadian grown Ice Hockey players that develop a passion for Floorball at a hockey academy or with their Hockey friends. Yes, they have European leadership and a well placed handful of European players hailing from Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. The Canadian team is built from a nucleus of players from Hamilton, Ottawa and Montreal. We see a challenging scenario of bringing all the strongest Floorball talent together, and thus a failure to unify the east, central, and west parts of Canada.
In the west, we have seen the Pavel Barber effect create a brand new surge in interest to play competitive Floorball and now we, FloorballPlus+, will work with the National Teams to create a tryout structure that is fair and balanced. Barber is actually from Toronto, but lives in Vancouver. His following on Social media is made up of hockey players, young and old. They see the Floorball+ HKY Training system that Barber deploys at various hockey schools, and a genuine love for Floorball is being cultivated, through his fan base.
The USA Team does not have a grow local player, yet, who is getting significant field time at this years Worlds. From our viewpoint, Since the beginning of the teams existence, the strategy has been to assemble the best available players from Sweden and Switzerland. These players live and play in Europe and bring a tremendous amount of Floorball leadership and skill. This ultimately helps them field a strong team each year and we fully understand the value of winning. We have been sponsoring the USA Team for a couple of Years and we have a tremendous amount of respect and friendship built up with them.
FloorballPlus+ has offices in both the USA and Canada, so we cheer for both teams. We are super pumped to see what happens tomorrow, and relish the thought of a close game and a healthy rivalry.
BTW: The Pavel Barber Effect is also bringing thousands of Hockey players from all regions of the USA to Floorball, for juggling tricks 'aka Zorro' and also utilizing our Floorball+ HKY Training System.
If You are interested in learning about the National Teams program form either country and would like to see your local community get involved with leagues, tournaments, tryouts etc. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
photo credit: Michael Peter and http://www.bluemelon.com/mpeter