Message from Broomball Canada

April 22, 2020

Hi everyone and hope each of you are coping as best you can under these trying circumstances.

What can I say? We are in strange and difficult times of unprecedented history making experiences, but I have the confidence that if we exercise patience and well thought out decision making we will come out of this just fine.

Will this be in a month or two or perhaps even 6 – 12 months. Who really knows? We at Broomball Canada have set up plans for 2021, to carry on with cancelled 2020 Championships at the same sites at the approximate same timelines.

Will we be able to act on these? Only time will tell, but we will communicate as we move along and will reveal the possibilities as they become evident.

We must now trust in our governments and health agencies to guide us through this trying time and as developing information becomes available we will do our best to keep each of you informed.

As a rule, I would summarize our performances over this past season, but with the Corona Virus shutdown, the Canada Cup in November 2019 will be it. The event itself saw some good early season competition with some mild upsets throughout the three divisions.

The Ontario Hillbillies defeated the Defending Canadian Champion Broomshak 3- 1 to capture the Mixed. The Eastern Rebels took out the Defending Canadian Champion Vipers 2- 1 and the USA Eagles lead by an outstanding goaltender performance from Cory Swanson bested the Defending Canadian Champions Ottawa Nationals 2 – 1.

Not a great showing for our Team Canada group, but a very strong event to showcase many of the best the world has to offer.

Speaking of the Worlds, it is unknown at this time where the 2020 Championships in Kingston are headed with the uncertainties surrounding it. As information becomes available on all of our future events, we will keep you informed.

As we move along, we continue to do what we can with the operation of the CBF Office under Cathy Derewianchuk who is working from home, Team Canada Programs with Pascale Gauthier, Officiating and Coaching Programs with Doug Galt and Conrad Morneau respectively. Our Sport Development Coordinators, Cendrine Lavigne and Veronique Cayer continue on as best they can with restricted opportunities to develop the program.

I would be remiss without expressing our deepest sympathies to our Nova Scotia membership and the friends and families of those who lost their lives this past weekend in Portapique and neighbouring communities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.

Finally, in time it is hoped the CBF Executive, Committee Leaders and Board of Directors will get an opportunity to meet sometime this summer, if not in person, at least via conference call or skype/zoom, whatever we can manage.

In the interim we will continue to strive to meet your needs and keep you informed as the World and our Broomball lives return to some normalcy. If anyone has a question on something, please do not hesitate to contact the CBF office at cbf@broomball.ca  or myself at president@broomball.ca

On behalf of Broomball Canada, take care and be safe.

George Brown, President, Broomball Canada