I was lucky to get in touch with one of the coaches from the canadian team, he was glad to answer my questions….so just read on to learn for how long they have played floorball, and how much they have paid to participate…

1) How have you got the team together, are they all floorballplayers, or are they hockeyplayers The Canadian team …
We are from a small area of Southern Ontario within 2 hours of Toronto (Canada’s largest city). We are from three communities (Hamilton, Belleville, Cobourg) that have ties from ice hockey who wanted to start a U19 Floorball project with the goal of being at the A group in 2016….. Most strated playing floorball only 8 months ago. As for the players and their experience..None of them are floorballers…19 of them are hockey players from various levels. Our only non hockey player is a swimmer and pole vaulter (track and field). We wanted someone to try playing goal who wasn’t a hockey goalie… and she was hand picked… She will be around for 2014.

2) What are the strenght of the team?
Their desire to always get better. They are a very hard working group. They will never give up even if it is 15-0 for the other team.

3) What is the expactions back home in Canada, how will the team end?
We had no Idea of how well we would do. we had nothing to compare it to. Up until last week we had never played a real game.  The expectations is to be competitive… If we win a game we would be happy. So far we have won two games, tied one 4-4 vs Latvia and lost our first game 9-6 to Hungary.   4) The preparation, how have they been Started in September getting some hockey players to try the sport and come out to some workouts…. we had a few high school tournaments where we introduced the game to players to see what was out there. It was very scrappy and rough around the edges… We invited the best players to a camp in January and announced the team in February. We had met once a month in Feb, March. and played in a men’s tournament three weeks before we left for Europe. Every time we play we learn more about what we can introduce to our game plan. … At the beginning ( Feb )we were just teaching them the basics like how to change the lines, free hits, and then corners. Now we have really had to learn on the fly and we are able to adjust quickly which is what you need to do against much more experienced floorball nations.

5) How much have each player paid to participate…
Each player and staff member paid about 2000 Euros to go on this trip. We have been to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Nitra for the tournament. Our girls have a had a great trip and great memories that will last for the rest of their lives…. So that is the most important result we could expext… The floorball is a bonus!