2017 Canadian Blind Hockey Association Select Series
The 2017 Canadian Blind Hockey Tournament will once again include the Select Series, which will feature the top players from across North America facing-off in an all-star three game series.
Players in this division must comply with the International Blind Sports Federation’s (IBSA) classification eligibility standards. In the IBSA classification system, an athlete who is blind or partially sighted is classed as either a B1 – no vision, a B2 – approximately 5% or less, or a B3 – 10% functional vision or less.
Each team in the Select Series is made up of seven B3 skaters, five B2 skaters, and two B1 goalies who are each assigned the corresponding amount of points. To ensure a fair game that is determined by skill and performance rather than level of vision, each team may have a maximum of 14 points on the ice at any given time. All goalies must be classified as B1 – no vision.
B3 players will be identified by black helmets, while B2 players will be identified by wearing white helmets. Similar to too many men on the ice, there is a minor penalty for too many points on the ice, and any time a player takes a penalty the team loses the penalized player’s amount of points during the penalty kill.
For the 2017 Canadian Blind Hockey Tournament Select Series, the top Blind Hockey players from across North America are divided into the Western All-Stars made up of members of the Vancouver Eclipse, Edmonton SeeHawks, and players from BC and Ontario who do not belong to a Blind Hockey club team, and the Eastern All-Stars who are made up of players from the hometown Toronto Ice Owls, Les Hiboux de Montreal, the NY Nightshades, and players from Atlantic Canada who do not belong to a club team.