USA vs Canada International Blind Hockey Series Broadcast Guide

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USA vs Canada International Blind Hockey Series Broadcast Guide

The International Blind Ice Hockey Federation is proud to announce that the first ever international competition in the history of the parasport of Blind Hockey will take place this weekend at the 2018 USA Hockey – Blind Hockey Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The competition takes place at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex – the practice rink of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins – between October 12 and 14, and the format is USA vs Canada in a best-of-three game series. Game format, schedule, rosters including player sweater numbers, and an outline of the rules are below to help you follow along the action.

SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME UTC-4:00)

 Friday October 12th      

4:40pm – 5:00pm             Opening Ceremonies

5:00pm – 6:50pm             International Series, Game #1

WATCH GAME # 1 ON YOUTUBE

Saturday October 13th 

1:00pm – 2:30pm             International Series, Game #2

WATCH GAME # 2 ON YOUTUBE 

Sunday October 8th    

8:00am – 8:30am        Blue Division, Game #4

8:30am – 9:20am        White Division, Game #4

WATCH BONUS COVERAGE OF BLUE AND WHITE DIVISION GAME # 4

 

9:30am – 10:50am           International Series, Game #3

WATCH GAME # 3 ON YOUTUBE

GAME AND SERIES FORMAT

Each game will consist of a 5 minute warm-up, and three 12-minute periods played using stop time.  The Zamboni will resurface the ice during the intermission after both the first and second periods lasting approximately 10 minutes.  Each game requires a winner In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, there will be one 5-minute 4 on 4 sudden-death overtime period, followed by the IIHF tie-breaking penalty shot procedure (shootout).  First team to win two games will be declared champions!

ROSTERS WITH UNIFORM NUMBERS AND CLASSIFCATIONS

 TEAM USA

B2 – Daniel Belding 22 Indiana

B1 – Kevin Brown 5 Washington DC

B3 – Anthony Chesrow 19 Chicago

B2 – Mark DeFlorio 17 Seattle

B2 – Craig Fitzpatrick 9 Washington DC

B1 – Doug Goist 1 Washington DC (GOALIE)

B3 – Calleigh Griffiths 13 Washington DC

B3 – John Guzik 21 Washington DC

B3 – Keith Haley 15 Hartford

B3 – Tim Kane (Captain) 7 Michigan

B3 – Victoria McDermott 23 New York

B3 – Luke Miller 11 Chicago

B3 – Matthew Miller 4 Chicago

B3 – Dirk Morgan 8 Maine

B1 – Kevin Shanley 10 New York

B3 – Blake Steinecke 24 San Diego

B2 – Mike Straub 35 Colorado

B2 – Christine Vanturini 2 New York

Coaching Staff

Michael Svac Chicago Head Coach and General Manager – Hockey Operations

Nick Albicocco Washington DC Assistant Coach

David Svac Dallas Assistant Coach

Kline Donley Colorado Goalie Coach

Kevin Allison Chicago Skating Coach

Doris Donley Colorado General Manager – Team Operations

 

ROSTERS WITH UNIFORM NUMBERS AND CLASSIFCATIONS

TEAM CANADA

 Skaters

B2 – Francois Beauregard 17 (Montreal, QC)

B3 – Anthony Ciulla 64 (Langley, BC)

B3 – Shawn Dale 12 (Brantford, ON)

B2 – Joseph Del Grande 5 (Toronto, ON)

B2 – Mark DeMontis 9 (Toronto, ON)

B2 – Bruno Haché 3 (Montreal, QC)

B3 – Wyatt Harvey 89 (Peterborough, ON)

B3 – Alex Angus MacEachen 97 (Mabou, NS)

B2 – Gilles Ouellet 10 (Montreal, QC)

B3 – Simon Richard 19 (Dieppe, NB)

B2 – Scott Roberts 87 (Richmond, BC)

B3 – Kelly Serbu 22 (Cole Harbour, NS)

B3 – Jason Yuha 91 (Rosalind, AB)

Goaltenders

B1 – Joey Cabral 33 (Toronto, ON)

B1 – Gary Steeves 1 (New Westminster, BC)

B1 – Lorne Webber 30 (Edmonton, AB)

Team Staff

General Manager – Luca DeMontis (Toronto, ON)

Assistant General Manager – Robert Gignac (Montreal, QC)

Head Coach – Paul Kerins (Toronto, ON)

Assistant Coach – Jeff Street (Toronto, ON)

Goalie Coach – Joey Ali (Langley, BC)

Therapist – Mark Bentz (North Vancouver, BC)

Explanation of IBSA Classification and IBIHF Point System

For competitive Blind Hockey, all athletes 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. 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 usually must be classified as B1 – completely blind.  B3 players will be identified by wearing black helmets, B2 players will be identified by wearing white helmets, and B1 skaters will be identified by wearing red helmets. Similar to Too Many Men on the Ice, there is a minor penalty for Too Many Points on the Ice.  Any time a team takes a penalty, in addition to losing a player the team loses three (3) points during the penalty kill and can only ice a maximum of eleven (11) points.

ELIGIBILITY

Class B1

No light perception in either eye up to light perception, but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.

Class B2

From ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to visual acuity of 20/600 and/or a visual field of less than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.

Class B3

From visual acuity above 20/600 and up to visual acuity of 20/200 and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees and more than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.

BLIND HOCKEY POINT SYSTEM

The point system for Blind Hockey is similar to what is used in Wheelchair Rugby or Standing Amputee Hockey, and will ensure a fair competition based on skill and ensures that each team has the same overall level of vision on the ice at all times.

Each player is assigned a point value based on their visual classification – 3 points for a B3, 2 points for a B2, and 1 point for a B1.  Teams may have only a maximum of 14 points distributed on the ice at any time including their goalie. Common examples include:

  • 3 X B3 players & 2 X B2 players & 1 X B1 goalie
  • 4 X B3 players & 1 X B1 player & 1 X B1 goalie
  • 3 X B2 players & 2 X B3 players & 1 X B1 goalie (NOTE: under the max but allowed)

NOTE: This maximum does not apply when a team pulls their goalie for an extra attacker.  The extra attacker may be a B3 player which makes the maximum points on the ice 16 points only in the event of an empty net.

The point system ensures not only that both teams have roughly the same level of vision, but also that there are roles for strong players no matter what level of vision they have.  All goalies must be classified as B1’s.