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Kitchener Waterloo Ball Hockey League


August 31, 1999

Congratulations to the National Computer Hawks the "AA" division champions, and the Ramparts our "A" division champions. Both teams now advance to the provincial championships, with the "AA" division being played the 6,7 and 8 of August, and the "A" division being played the 13,14 and 15 of August in both Mississauga.

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The Ramparts performed very well, and went undefeated into the championship game, by defeating teams in their division by scores of 3 to 1 and 6 to 2, and took seventh place overall in the 30 team tournament. By placing 7th they were required to play an elimination game which they won 6 to 1 and advanced to the quarterfinals, and again won 3 to 1. The Ramparts then meet the Dovercourt Flyers in the semi finals, and with the score tied 2 - 2 at the end of regulation time, on to overtime. With only 1.47 elapsed in overtime, Scott Gartley uncovered in the slot, from just outside the blue line, and let go with a rocket of a slap shot to score the winning goal. At this point the Ramparts were really riding high, as the Dovercourt Flyers were favorites to win the tournament, had gone undefeated, and without a goal scored against them through the whole tournament.

Game over, well not quite, the Flyers filed protest because of a technical error made by the referees and timekeeper. Late in the second period, with the Ramparts two men short, one player serving a double minor, the Flyers scored to tie the game, the referees ordered the wrong man out of the penalty box. A Flyer player on the floor at the time questioned the official about the wrong man out, but the official did not investigate, and it is doubtful the young timekeeper was aware of the proper handling of this situation. The Flyers did not pursue the matter through their captain, or assistant captains, as they should have, therefore leaving the door open for protest later if needed. At first the protest was upheld, and the decision was that they replay the game from the time the error was made. Well as we all know, you can not turn back the clock, and questions were raised about the grounds for the protest, and how the protest was handled. A request to appeal to a higher authority was originally denied, but after repeated requests the committee relented and the appeal was referred to the President of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, and the President of the Ontario Ball Hockey Association. With the concurrence of both presidents, they overturned the earlier ruling of the committee, and denied the protest and declared the Ramparts the winners. From the time the game ended, it was close to four (4) hours before a final decision was rendered, about the time championship should have been ending. At all times the Ramparts felt they had won the game fair and square, and were not prepared to replay any part of the game. At no time were they informed they should dress and take the floor to complete the game, so the felt they had lost and were out of the tournament. This meant relax time, and by the time the decision was reversed, the team was not mentally prepared to take the floor and lost 6 to 0 in the finals. We feel it is best we do not comment on the validity of the protest, and may details have been left out above, which would support the theory that the protest should never have been accepted.

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The Kitchener Waterloo Ball Hockey League is very proud of the showing made by the Ramparts at this year's Provincial Championships, and remain convinced that had it not been for the untimely events of the unsubstantiated protest, the Ramparts could very well be the 1999 "A" Champions.

Notwithstanding the unfortunate events regarding the "A" Championship, the 1999 season remains the most successful year to date for our league at the provincial championships and we are proud of both the Ramparts and the National Computer Hawks.


Hats off to the National Computer Hawks the Ontario Provincial "AA" Champions. The Hawks went through the tournament unbeaten, with wins of 5 - 3, 8 - 2, 3 - 0, and 2 - 1 in the semi finals over the Avalanche, and a 3 - 2 over Team Canada in the championship game. Though falling behind 2 to 0 in the first period, and with goaltender Brian Liboiron playing an outstanding game, the team continued to play a disciplined game and stayed with their game plan, and kept pressing. This strategy paid off and early in the second period, Scott McCullough scored, to pull the Hawks to within striking distance of their opponents. With 2.38 left in the period Willy Latyn scored to tie the game, and with 8 seconds remaining in the game Scott McCullough scored his second goal of the game to win the championship and the Hawks now advance to the Nationals.

Brian Liboiron, Clark Day and Brad Schlegel were all selected to the first all-star team, and 15-year veteran Scott McCullough received the Most Valuable player award.

Our congratulations go out to all members of the team, and we wish them luck in the National which will be held August 17 - 21st in the Mississauga area.


We had two teams representing the Kitchener Waterloo Ball Hockey League at the National Championships.

National Computer Hawks sponsored by National Computer Supplies.

Team Swogg, co sponsored by NRG Express and Rennie Automotive.

The Hawks our AA entry complied a record of 3 losses against 2 wins, in the preliminary round, prior to advancing to the quarterfinals. The Hawks defeated the Bruins to advance to the semi finals but lost this game 5 to 2 to the Midnight Express (last year's national champions). The Hawks advanced to the bronze medal game, but due to injuries to some key players, prior commitments of other , and the restrictions on replacements allowed by the OBHA they had forfeit this game as they were unable to field a team.

Team Swogg our "A" division entry to the nationals, won one, tied one and lost one, in the preliminary round. The team advanced to the semi finals where they lost by a score of 7 to 1 to the team, which eventually won the "A" division championship. Team Swogg went on to the Bronze medal game, and in an exciting and well played game, prevailed and won by a of score 2 to 1, congratulations to each member of the team.

Since joining the Ontario Ball Hockey Association in 1992, this 1999 season is the most successful the Kitchener Waterloo Ball Hockey League has experienced under OBHA.
Our AA team the Hawks won the AA provincials and our A team the Ramparts lost in the final game at the provincials. Prior to 1999 the furthest we had advanced, was to the semi finals in the AA division in 1993 and to the semi finals in the A provincials in 1998.

This is the first appearance by any of our teams at the National level, and although the Hawks could not complete the tournament, our Team Swogg did us proud by winning a Bronze medal. A hearty congratulations go out to all member of our league who participated at both the Provincials and the Nationals level, and brought positive recognition, and respect to the Kitchener Waterloo Ball Hockey League.

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