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Tuesday
Feb142017

HBHA Greek Defenseman called up to Hartford Wolf Pack

PACK RECALL DEFENSEMAN SPIRO GOULAKOS FROM GREENVILLE

JAN 28, 2017

Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has recalled defenseman Spiro Goulakos from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Goulakos, a 6-2, 185-pound second-year pro, is tied for the ECHL lead in goals among defensemen, with 11, and also has 14 assists for 25 points, plus a team-leading 53 penalty minutes, in 31 games with the Swamp Rabbits.  The 26-year-old Montreal native stands second among team defensemen in points, is tied for third overall on the squad in goals and is fourth in points.

Goulakos, who signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack August 22, 2016, split his rookie season between the Rochester Americans of the AHL and the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.  In ten games with the Americans, he had one goal and one assist for two points, along with four penalty minutes, and in 57 games with Elmira, he chalked up seven goals and 24 assists for 31 points, plus 103 PIM.  Those totals were good for tops among Jackal defensemen, and fourth overall on the team, in assists and second among team blueliners in points.  Also, Goulakos’ +12 rating was the best among team defensemen and ranked third overall on the squad.

Prior to turning pro, Goulakos played four seasons at Colgate University (ECAC), amassing career totals of 22 goals and 49 assists for 71 points, plus 176 PIM.

The Hellenic Ball Hockey Association is extremely proud of Spiro and his accomplishments so far. He is a very driven young man with a good head on his shoulders. He has worked very hard to get to where he is and keeps pushing to achieve his ultimate goal.

Spiro is a very versatile player and also a very good ball hockey player. The solid defenseman and was selected to the Mens Greek Ball hockey team for the upcoming World Ball Hockey Championships which will take place this June 1-10 in Pardubice Czech Republic. "We are very happy to have him on our roster, he can be a real difference maker"  It will be the first time he will wear the National Greek Jersey and we are both excited.

Congrats Spiro !

Tuesday
Jan242017

Clarification: Men`s and Masters tournaments ? 

 

Over the last few weeks the HBHA has received many inquiries about the difference in men’s and masters tournament and our staff etc., therefore we have decided to post this in order to update everyone.

 The HBHA was created in 2008 as a non-profit organization.

 The objectives of the Hellenic Ball Hockey Association (HBHA) are to promote, govern and improve the sport of ball hockey and help individuals develop as athletes, leaders, and members of the Greek community through a competitive ball hockey program that emphasizes on excellence, commitment, discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Our goal is to represent our Country and Heritage with honor and pride while giving every participant, whether it is a coach or player, the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the game of ball hockey and still experience the enjoyment that the game provides.

The main goal as that of all our competitors is to one day become World Ball Hockey Champions.  The HBHA is a member of the ISBHF (International Street and Ball Hockey Federation) and we  have both a Men`s team as well as a Men`s Masters team (40+ yrs. old)

 (Men`s World Ball Hockey Tournament)

The premiere tournament is the World Ball Hockey Championships which take place every 2 years at different locations. Age group of players usually ranges from 18-40. There are both men’s and woman’s teams. The event is organized under the ISBHF. This is the best hockey tournament in the world played by the best players, at the peak of their skills.

The results below are that of our Men`s program.

 

Our first tournament was in 2009 Pilsen Czech Republic where we competed in the B pool along with another 7 nations where we won the Gold Medal.

 In 2011 Bratislava Slovakia, we were placed in the A pool amongst the best nations in the world and we finished an impressive 6th place. A very good showing seeing how it was our first appearance in the A division.

 In 2013 St. John`s Newfoundland we once again finished in 6th position in the A pool , losing only 1-0 in the Quarter-finals to the defending champions Czech Republic.

 In 2015 Zug Switzerland we had our best ever showing in the A pool finishing 4th place in the world (lost in the semi-finals) and basically 1 win away from the finals.

 The next tournament is this June 1-10th in Pardubice Czech Republic. This will probably be the toughest tournament to date as every nation improves their programs and teams year after year.

Tournament website  www.pardubice2017.com   where all the games will be streamed. The ISBHF website is www.isbhf.com

 

We have recently selected the 25 players that will be representing our nation and we are excited and eager to begin play. You can visit our website at www.hbha.gr for further details.

The HBHA is made up of volunteers. We have a committee that  makes the decisions:  Our staff is as follows :

 

President: John Kontitsis

Senior Vice-President: George Kosmas

Vice-President : George Vouloumanos

Timothy Acheson

Konstantinos Kouroussis

Nick Tsatsaronis

Alkie Zisidis

 

The coaching staff for the 2017 World Championships

 

Head Coach: George Vouloumanos

Assistant coaches: Paul Barbas,  John Kontitsis, Alkie Zisidis

Conditioning coach: Nick Tsatsaronis

 Athletic Therapist: Veronique Riverin

 

The HBHA also has a Masters team. This specific program was created to allow former players or anyone over the age of 40 to play at a world tournament. Many of these players still enjoy the game and the competition therefore a separate tournament was also created and run by the ISBHF. The World Masters Championship also takes place every 2 years on the off years of the Men’s tournament. The HBHA sent a team to  participate in 2012 Czech Republic , 2014 Tampa Bay USA and 2016 Banff Canada. The next tournament will be in 2018 but the location has not been selected yet. Tryouts are ongoing for the selection of this team.

 

The masters is still under the HBHA committee in order to delegate the work we created a sub-committee.

Those volunteers are:

 

John Bolonakis

Kosta Stavriadis

Pat Tanos

 

The coaches selected for the 2018 Masters team are Peter Chiotis and Kosta Zaforopoulos

 

For any further inquiries please look at our website above or contact us via Facebook, twitter or by phone at 514-831-6604

 

Thank you

 

John Kontitsis

President HBHA