ISBHF President message from Heilbronn

Germany is a great Hockey nation.  With a rich tradition in our sport of ball hockey in hosting Club and world Championships.  And having one of the strongest leagues in Europe.  And as such we are very proud that the Heilbronn Hornets are holding a ISBHF event.  Not only is Heilbronn a great Hockey city.  But it offers players coming from Canada, Finland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic a great vista to enjoy our great game.  We hope the almost 200 players and coaches enjoy the cultural exchange, the history of Heilbronn Hockey and the great city and citizens of the area.

 We have three amazing teams coming from Finland, who are making a step forward each year as a World power in our sport. We all witnessed this in Zug.   We have a great team coming from rugged Labrador in Canada, with a strong Ball Hockey pedigree that will be without doubt the best Canadian team to date to attend a World Club event.  And of course for all teams coming to deal with is the legendary Oberwil Rebels of Switzerland who will come into the event as favorites.  No one can ever underestimate a Czech Hockey player and they will also arrive to make this event a rich event of competition with their great skill and passion for our game.  Finally we have the home town Heilbronn Hornets.  They will represent Germany and Heilbronn with pride as this will be the first time since 2002 the World Cup has come back to Germany.  I am sure this club team will endeavour to become the first German team to medal at this event in our history.

 It is no doubt that the competition will be very tough with some very good teams attending.  And it is no secret that this tournament is very important to continue to keep our ties with German ball hockey strong and growing in the future.  As the ISBHF sees nations that are attending this event like Germany and Finland keys to our sport growing.  And I am sure the level of play the teams will accrue will move all the players forward in the future.

 On behalf of the ISBHF BOD.  We wish all players, coaches, organizers and referees a great event.  We look forward to see who will win Gold in Heilbronn. 

George Gortsos

President, International Street Ball Hockey Federation

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George Gortsos

George Gortsos
ISBHF president

Germany is a great Hockey nation. With a rich tradition in our sport of ball hockey in hosting Club and world Championships. And having one of the strongest leagues in Europe.
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