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OHIO Hockey’s Cody Black represents USA at Ball Hockey World Championships


OHIO Hockey junior forward Cody Black was selected earlier this summer to represent the United States at the World Ball Hockey Championships in Paradubice, Czech Republic. The Wexford, Pennsylvania native participated in the 24-team tournament that was held June 1 through June 10 and that included national teams from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Lebanon and Armenia, to name a few. 

The U.S. team finished pool play 4-0-0 but lost to Greece 4-3 in overtime and finished the tournament in fifth place. Black finished the tournament with two goals and two assists for four points in seven games. The tournament was Black’s first appearance for the World Championship team, and he was selected “Player of the Game” for his two goals against Portugal. 

"To be able to go overseas to the Czech Republic was the experience of a lifetime,” stated Black. He continued, “But, more importantly, it was an honor to wear the USA uniform and represent my country in the ball hockey world championships. I've played ball hockey my whole life, and to see how far the sport has come was amazing." 

The World Ball Hockey Championships has been hosted 12 times and was first hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 1996. The tournament takes place every two years with Canada leading the world in Gold Medals at the tournament with five. Slovakia, the 2017 Gold Medal winner, has tallied four golds, while the Czech Republic has captured the World Championship three times. The U.S. has never garnered the gold medal. 

OHIO Hockey has a history representing the U.S. in World Championship events. Since 2001, 18 players and one coach have represented USA Hockey at the Winter World University Games around the globe. 

For more information on Cody Black’s experience at the Ball Hockey World Championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic, please visit pardubice2017.com

This article was provided by OHIO Hockey.