CMHL Day 1 Round Up
The 9th annual Canadian Multicultural Hockey League (CMHL) tournament us once again under way at Chesswood Arena in North York Ont. 20 teams in three divisions – Canadian Cup (aka Premier), Canadian Multicultural Women’s Championship and Heritage Bowl Championship (aka Heritage Division) – “play to represent their culture and heritage in intense competition that differs from men’s leagues,” according to CMHL founder and convenor Stan Papulkas who is Executive Producer – Local Content - for Rogers TV Edmonton-Calgary ‘Breakfast Television’ show. “The camaraderie among each other’s culture is great to see and the fact they have great respect for players on the opposing team during games, “stated Papulkas. “It’s the best hockey outside a pro hockey level. Teams take this tournament seriously and build their rosters to the best level, to win it all.”
CMHL Premier and Heritage tourney teams will play three round robin games. The top two teams in each division will play crossover semi-final playoff games, winding up with championship games on Dec. 30. All Women’s division teams are guaranteed one playoff game, with semi-final winners playing for their championship on Dec.30.
Day one roundup of games is as follows: Premier Cup - Division ‘A’: Stars of David (2-0) have played near perfect hockey in winning their first two games and surrendering only one goal. They shutout Japanese Arashi (1-1), who they lost to in 2012, by 5-0 with Jake DiDemenico racking up the shutout. D Darryl Karpel’s 48 ft. right wing blast (Karpel scored two goals against Arashi) in the third period broke a tie and gave Stars the 2-1 win over Macedonia Lions (1-1). Italy (0-2) lost 4-1 to Lions and 3-1 to Arashi.
‘B’: 2012 Premier Cup champion Irish Shamrocks and Hellenic Lightning are both 1-0-1. Shamrocks shutout Polish Hussars (0-1-1) 3-0, with Jarret Rooney recording the shutout, and tied 2012 Canadian Cup finalists Nubian Kings (0-1-1) 4-4. The Shamrocks third goal produced a humorous few minutes interlude for fans, as referees and players endeavoured to loosen the puck that had entwined itself in the top corner of the Kings net. Lightning edged the Kings 3-2 and tied Hussars 3-3. Stars RW Seth Klerer and Lightning D Steve Tamtakiridis lead Division scoring, each with one goal and three assists.
Women’s – Macedonia Sun (1-0-1) defeated Greek 2-1 and tied Japanese Typhoon 1-1. Sun’s F Shannon Misketis leads Division scores with two goals.
Heritage – Division ‘C’: Estonia Ice shutout Saracens 7-0; Ukrainian Kozaks defeated First Nation Firebrands 5-2. Division ‘D’: Jamaican edged Korea Tigers 2-1 and Islanders beat Kremlin 5-4. Ice forwards Alex Kaju and James Werner, Kozaks F/D Daniel Percuklijewic and Islanders D Rich Mori lead Division scoring, each with two goals and one assist.
Papulkas is endeavouring to coordinate with Rogers TV in Toronto to show preliminary CMHL tourney games to display “the great diversity of people in the GTA community.” Go to http://www.cmhl.ca// for updates on day and times of the broadcasts.