Friday, August 17, 2012

First Edition of The Vancouver Open

We are proud to be able to re-post another post from BC Floorball

Vancouver Floorball Open – VFO 2012

Greetings Floorballers, The Vancouver Floorball is all wrapped up and the event was successfully kicked off in fine form. The Event shot out of the cannon last year when discussions went deep with two Swedish teams, and a Swiss team were making plans to come to Vancouver for training camps and a Floorball outreach program. The Canadian National Men’s Team was also slated to participate in the Open. see
Plans quickly changed when our Euro Teams could not attend and the tournament took on a different tone altogether. We scaled it right back and began to focus on quality, not quantity.  The Alaska Floorball Monkeys, a real highlight of the Event, came to Vancouver and the tournament was kicked off properly.  The table is set to revisit our European teams coming to the VFO 13, in early July next year.  The other star of the show as always was the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Richmond Olympic Oval
Thanks to all the BC Floorball volunteers for putting in such hard work and thanks to our partners- the YVR Marriott HotelThe Hockey CommunityTartooful for the cool west coast medals and Trophy, Modern Hockey for the equipment donations and our marketing partners kommunity hockey.
Tournament Summary The U21 All-Stars were spearheaded by National Team players Robbie Wilkinson and Mack Saunders.  They actively recruited some top skilled players from our U19 player development roster and filled in the gaps with some local hockey talent.  They took the Alaska Floorball Monkeys and the North Shore team in round robin play, but lost a close fought match to the Modern Hockey Floorball Maniacs.  Having gone undefeated in the prelims, the Maniacs looked to be in control heading in to the Finals.  The Bronze match featured the North Shore team against the Monkeys, and our guests from Alaska played a very solid game and took third place.  On to  the Finals…the U21 squad came out flying and chasing, running and gunning.  The end result was a close victory for the U21 All Stars, and the young guns proved to all that they were the ones to be the elite class of the BC Floorball Federation. Winners:  Robbie Wilkinson, Mack Saunders, Jacob Brandstrom, Lyndon Stanwood, Faez Kanji, Colin Schmidt, Trevor Stack, Jamie Turner, Simon Huntley, Andrew Neilson, Connor Rankin. Mack Saunders took the top scorer award.
The Teams: Alaska Floorball Monkeys, Modern Hockey Floorball Maniacs, the U21 AllStars, and the North Shore/BCFF team.
The Maniacs
Top Scorer- Mack Saunders
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