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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....
Dave Blackburn and The Spirit of Maccabi Baseball
With Canada and the U.S. set to renew their 25-year-old rivalry on the softball diamond at the upcoming 2011 Pan-Am Maccabi Games in Sao Paulo next week, a longtime adversary – and friend – of Team Canada’s will be noticeably absent from the American squad. Dave Blackburn, aka “Breeder,” a fixture on the mound for Maccabi USA over the past 25 years and the backbone of four gold medal-winning fastpitch teams, will be in the hearts and minds of Maccabi Canada Softball and the entire Mac...
Sao Paulo Prepares to Welcome Athletes
Sao Paulo, Brazil, the world’s sixth largest city, will play host to 2,500 Jewish athletes and support staff when the 12th Pan American Maccabi Games officially opens on the sixth day of Chanukah (Christmas Day). Culture and sport will be the focus when Maccabi Canada delegates join 18 other national bodies for the biennial gathering of Pan American countries from December 5, 2011 to January 3, 2012. While most delegations will be from South, Central and North America, there will also be re...
Athletes Helping Athletes at the Sports Challenge
Even though the Maccabiah Games are still two years away, the battle lines were drawn in the sand recently by eager, ageless athletes anticipating head to head battles over the right to be called champions of the 'Sports Challenge'. They weren't representing traditional Games powers such as Canada, the United States, Israel, and the like. It was more of a reflection of old time 'color war' of youthful camp days, when purple battled blue, and gold fought lime green on the courts and fields ...
Passion for Cycling and Love for Israel Merge at the Maccabiah
When Roy Salomon of Maccabi Canada approached Sylvan Adams to put together the first ever Canadian competitive cycling team to participate at the Maccabiah Games in Israel for the 2009 Games, Sylvan, the head of Iberville Developments Ltd. In Montreal, accepted the challenge. To Sylvan, who took to racing in his early 40’s and was sorry to not have participated in Maccabiah games as a baseball player when he was a child, Roy’s request struck a cord and his first inclination was very posi...
Maccabi Supports Northland’s Intercamp
Maccabi Canada Supports Northland's 11th Intercamp Basketball Tournament It might have been the perfectly blue sky on a July summer day that made the 11th Annual Inter-Camp Basketball Tournament at Camp Northland such an exciting event to take part in, or maybe it was the spirit of 150 boys from 10 different camps, wearing Maccabi Canada jerseys and playing to win the gold, silver and bronze medals presented by Maccabi Canada. The 10 teams representing Winnebagoe, Tamarack, Walden, New Mo...