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Dreams Do Come True
With the highs and lows of the London Olympics behind him, one Canadian athlete now has his sights set on his next quadrennial games, the 19th Maccabiah in Israel. Josh Binstock, part of Canada’s two-manteam which hit the beach court in the shadow of Buckingham Palace a few short months ago, will trade bare feet for rubber soles as he helps lead the Maccabi Canada Men’s Open Team in their quest for a second indoor volleyball medal. While a medal wasn’t in the cards for 2012 at the Ho...
Hockey Night In Ottawa with Elliotte Friedman
After participating in Maccabi Canada’s Sports Unplugged, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman (Hockey Night in Canada) has graciously agreed to lead a "hot stove" sports panel in Ottawa.Special guests were Ottawa Senator players Colin Greening, Zach Smith and Jim O'Brien, and local media personality Don Brennan from the Ottawa Sun. The two co-Chairs, Charles Schachnow and Brian Bailey organized an intimate "evening to remember" by creating the right ambiance coupled with great food and perfect weath...
Giving Juniors A True Israel Experience
The Maccabi Canada Israel Experience By any conceivable standard, Israel has been an extraordinary success story: national rebirth in the ancestral homeland after millennia of exile and dispersion; resuscitation of a dormant biblical language; the creation of a modern, highly educated, technologically advanced, and culturally and economically thriving society, as well as a vibrant liberal democracy in one of the world's least democratic areas. It is a world leader in agriculture, medical, mi...
Amare Stoudemire Joins Maccabi Canada’s Coaching Team
The athletes attending last weekend’s Open Men’s Basketball tryouts in Toronto, enjoyed a special treat in a way of a surprise visit by New York Knick’s Amare Stoudemire. Amare who just last Friday confirmed his commitment to assist Coach John Dore in coaching the team at the 19th Maccabiah Games, took the first step towards fulfilling his obligation by flying to Toronto to attend the final National tryouts, and give his input as to who should represent Canada next summer. It was Jo...
“Kings” up for the Challenge, Family Day a Splash
Unlike the fastest game on ice, they didn’t have to play 82 games plus four rounds of playoffs before they got a chance to hoist the cup. The cheers and high-fives emanating from the red-shirted Maccabi team, fresh from Sunday’s head-to-head no-holds-barred battle against their yellow nemesis, was a sure sign they were the 2012 winners of the grueling Maccabi Canada – Camp Robin Hood – Sports Challenge Cup. Some sport purists would argue that Los Angeles captured Lord Stanley’s Cup ...
Maccabi Hockey Tryouts Attracts Talented Players
Goal tending should be a strength for Canada at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. When 22 Canadian skaters take to the ice in Metulla next summer to compete in the Maccabiah Games, they’ll be wearing official Team Canada sweaters –"the same uniforms worn by Canadian teams at the Olympic Games and World Championships. Hockey Canada has given Maccabi Canada the green light to use the jerseys, along with other hockey apparel", said Alex Voihanski, manager of Maccabi’s Team Canada. "It’s a testam...
Metal, Mettle…. Medal?
Metal (aka – ‘Iron Mike’ Keenan) - By definition ‘Iron objects of great age are much rarer than objects made of gold or silver’ (Keenan’s tough coaching style earned him the nickname ‘Iron Mike’). Mettle (aka - Maccabi Canada athletes) - By definition ‘Exhibiting courage and fortitude; spirit’. Medal - (aka – Gold - Aiming for the top) - By definition ‘Medals have historically been given as prizes in various types of competitive activities, especially athletics. (1) Gol...
Off the Record or On The Record
No question, it is definitely ‘on the record’ that Sports Unplugged was an unqualified success. Initiated as a Maccabi Canada fundraiser to support the Adopt-an-Athlete program for the 2013 Maccabiah, 350 attendees were treated to the humor and wit of some of Canada’s best known sports media personalities in this unique sports event. Thousands of dollars were raised as many athletes and supporters from various parts of the country took the opportunity to mingle, exchange stories, and...
Mike Keenan to Coach Maccabi Hockey Team
Mike Keenan named Maccabi Canada coach Stanley Cup winner Mike Keenan has agreed to coach Maccabi Canada’s hockey entry at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Keenan will lead a team that is expected to include pros from the AHL and ECHL, as well as NCAA and junior-calibre players. They will face opposition from the United States, France and Israel as Canada tries to repeat its gold-medal performance from 1997 – the only time hockey has been a Maccabiah sport. “I’m really ex...
A Great Experience for Maccabi Canada in Sao Paulo, Brazil
“From the Opening Ceremonies, to watching other Canadian athletes perform, to meeting so many athletes from other countries, being a part of the Maccabi experience is one I will never forget“ says ESPN’s Dan Shulman, for whom the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo was a first Maccabi event....