The Canucks’ Ball Hockey Connection

So, as I was talking to some people in the world ball hockey circle with the hope of getting some information for my piece on Alexandre Burrows (which can be seen here), someone gave me a couple interesting facts about the Canucks’ connection to ball hockey. And I thought some of you might be interested to hear about them as well.

The Vancouver Canucks have two players on their current roster who have won World Ball Hockey Championships. Of course, Alexandre Burrows who has two with Team Canada (2003 and 2005), and now Pavol Demitra who also won a championship with Team Slovakia in 1999. In front of his home crowd in Zvolen, Slovakia, Demitra led his squad to a shootout victory over Canada.

According to the person I talked to, this was the first ever championship for Slovakia in any sport and he suggested that this was one of Demitra’s most memorable moments. At the time, Demitra expressed his admiration and great respect towards the Canadian National squad. Demitra also played in the 1996 World Championships in Bratislava, but fell short to the Canadians in the semi-finals.

In addition, I was told that Roberto Luongo and his brothers play ball hockey in Montreal.

I know this is nothing earth shattering, but it’s pretty interesting nonetheless.

Farhan Devji
Farhan Devji is an author, journalist, and communications professional based in Ottawa. His work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Edmonton Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and the Montreal Gazette. Contact him directly at

2 Comments on "The Canucks’ Ball Hockey Connection"

  1. ilana says:

    You rock farhan….
    my life is so much more enriched

  2. ilana says:

    you’re going to make it farhan…I have a good feeling about your future man…we’re going to work together one day and be the two most praised sports reporters in the history of mankind.

    - From: Mike Gibbins

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