Last Updated: March 27, 2017
The Sitting Bulls have captured the 2015 Griff's Sled Hockey Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is the first Griff's Championship for the Bulls, and the third tournament title this season. Dating back to the 2014 Disabled Hockey Festival, the Sitting Bulls have won 4 out of 5 tournament championships (finishing 2nd in the other).
2014 Disabled Hockey Festival Champions (Boston)
2014 Columbus Day Challenge Champions (Johnstown)
2015 Aladdin Invitational Runners-up (Columbus)
2015 Silver Stick International Champions (Fort Wayne)
2015 Griff's Sled Hockey Classic Champions (Grand Rapids)
At this year's Griff's tournament, the Sitting Bulls won preliminary round games against the Cincinnati Ice Breakers (5-0) and the Ohio Blades (2-1). The Bulls only loss was in the third game, against the host Grand Rapids Sled Wings (3-2).
This earned the Bulls the right to a rematch against the rival Sled Wings in the Championship game. In probably the most physical game that the Bulls have ever had to play, they proved too much for the Sled Wings, and recorded a nail-biting 1-0 victory. It took a total team effort, and an incredible amount of hustle and stamina, for the Bulls to pull this one off. Much credit to the Sled Wings, as they pushed the Bulls to the limit.
Special thanks to the five members of the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins (and their families) that joined us for the weekend. Skating with the Bulls were Braden Maree, Dom Ruperto, Floyd Gladman, Darion Allensworth, and Harrison Burgess. You guys are welcome to travel with us anytime!!
Very Special note, Our own Megan Ott was awarded the Jennifer Kryger Memorial Spirit Award. This award was voted on by the coaches involved in the tournament. It is awarded to the player that most exemplifies the attributes of Jennifer, a former Sled Wings player, and inspiration. These attributes include, a positive outlook, encouraging of teammates, befriending of others, contagious laughter, and lots of heart. We all agreed with the coaches, that no one better could have won this years award!! Congratulations Miss Megan, we are all very proud of you!
SITTING BULLS BRING HOME THE SILVER STICK INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Sitting Bulls have added another trophy to the case!! Competing in the Silver Sticks International Sled Hockey Tournament, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Bulls defeated the Ohio Blades to secure the Championship. Eight teams took to the ice over the weekend. Columbus, Ohio....Cincinnati, Ohio....Denver, Colorado....Grand Rapids, Michigan....Chicago, Illinois....Wooster, Ohio....Fort Wayne, Indiana...and our very own Sitting Bulls. During the round robin portion of the competition the Bulls topped the Cincinnati Ice Breakers 4-0, tied the Columbus Blades 0-0, and outscored the Denver Little Avs 7-1. This earned the Bulls the first seed in their division of the tournament, and a match up with the Chicago Hornets in the semi-finals. Cruising to a 6-0 victory, a rematch with the Ohio Blades was set, as they had beaten the Grand Rapids Sled Wings in the other semi-final matchup (in a shoot out). This time around, the Bulls would not be denied. The Bulls played a solid game against a very tough opponent, and won by the score of 3-0. Hats off to the Blades for a great tournament. So proud of the Bulls and their Coaches. Maybe the best tournament we have ever played! Special thanks to 2 members of the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins and their families for joining us for the weekend. Harrison Burgess and Darrion Allensworth were valuable additions to the team, and we're glad they put on a Bulls jersey for the tournament.
Players to record goals include: Harrison Burgess (7)...Ethan Buchkovich (5)...Darrion Allensworth (3)...Nick Booth (3)...Cameron Nellis (1) and Russell White (1). Assists were provided by many, and too numerous to mention, but appreciated by all who scored goals. Outstanding goaltending was provided by Brady Blough in net, as he recorded four shutouts in five games. Brady only allowed 1 goal for the entire tournament. Unbelievable job!! Brady had a lot of help from his fellow defensive specialists. Providing stellar defense throughout the championship run was Jasmine Mock, Jake Fitzgerald, Ron Spory, Zachary Popelish, and Nick Booth. Shout out to the coaches behind the bench, as Mike Fitzgerald, Brian Buchkovich, and Kyle Burgess did an excellent job throughout the tournament. Extra special shout out to the player who received the "tournament puck" for his outstanding, break-out performance......Russell White!! Way to go Russ!!
Of special note....as winners of this tournament, the Sitting Bulls will have their team name added to a plaque of other Silver Stick International tournament winners, that will be displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada. Pretty cool eh?
BULLS FINISH SECOND (AGAIN) AT ALADDIN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
The Sitting Bulls sled hockey team advanced to the Championship game of the Aladdin Invitational Sled Hockey Tournament, in Columbus, Ohio, Jan 17th and 18th, 2015. The Bulls recorded victories against the Cincinnati Ice Breakers (1-0), the Northwest Ohio Wolves (3-1), and the Grand Rapids Sled Wings (1-0). Those three victories earned the Bulls first place in the round robin portion of the tournament. Grand Rapids finished in second place in the round robin, and earned a rematch against the Bulls in the Championship. In the Championship, the Sled Wings proved to be too much to handle, and earned a hard fought 4-1 victory.
Recording goals for the tournament were Ethan Buchkovich, Cam Nellis, Lorenzo Favor, Megan Ott, and Nick Booth (2).
Outstanding goaltending was provided by both Brady Blough and Ron Spory. Our goalies only allowed 5 goals through the entire tournament.
Along with the goalies, the defensive core of Zach Popelish, Troy Jordan, Nick Booth, Lorenzo Favor played great as well.
Providing the offensive punch for the Bulls was, Ethan Buchkovich, Cam Nellis, Megan Ott, Amaya O'Donnell, Jake Fitzgerald, Russ White, and Jasmine Mock (in her first ever tournament!!!)
Special shout out to Megan Ott, as she records the only goal in the Championship game, less than a month after an extended hospital stay!
This was the 7th tournament in a row that the Bulls have played in the championship game, dating back to April of 2013. We could not be more proud of the players and coaches. Way to go Bulls!!
2014 NATIONAL DISABLED HOCKEY FESTIVAL YOUTH B NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!
2013-2014 Sitting Bulls Tournament Updates
Congratulations to our Sitting Bulls on their outstanding performances at this year's tournaments. The Bulls have played in the Championship Game in each of the last four tournaments that they have entered. The run of success began with the National Disabled Hockey Festival in March of 2013. After beating the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins in the semi-final game, the Bulls lost a hard fought battle to the Chicago Hornets. The next tournament that we entered was our own Sitting Bulls Columbus Day Challenge, in October of 2013. The Bulls survived a very tough semi-final battle with the Ohio Blades, and then faced the Toledo Walleye in the finals. The Bulls gave every ounce of effort that they had, but it was not enough to beat the feisty Walleye. Another silver medal for the Bulls. In January 2014, the Bulls travelled to Columbus, Ohio, for the Alladin Invitational tournament. They made the semifinal round to play against the Cleveland Mighty Barons. After beating the Barons, they met up with the Ohio Blades in the Championship game. At the end of the third period, the scoreboard displayed a 0-0 tie. The game went straight to a shootout format, and the Bulls came up just short, losing the shootout 3-2. Silver looks good!! Our most recent tournament was the Silver Stick Invitational, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Feb. 2014. The Bulls juniors combined with some of the Pittsburgh Mighty Pens juniors for this advanced level tournament. The team earned their way into the semifinal round, by winning all of their round robin games. Facing the Toledo Walleye, the Bulls/Pens team played an excellent game, and won by the score of 5-1. In the finals, we had to face the Grand Rapids Sled Wings. Again, the team put forth an outstanding effort, but lost the Championship game 2-0. Next up for the Bulls will be the National Disabled Hockey Festival, in April, in Marlborough, Massachussetts.
The team has come a very long way from the days when we couldn't score a goal, and would lose our games by 7 or 8 goals. We know that we will eventually break through and bring home a gold. Until then, we will continue to work and play hard, and be proud of our victories, no matter what color medal we bring home.
THEY DID IT!! THE BULLS WON THEIR FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY!! What better time and place to do it than in Boston, Mass., at the USA Hockey National Disabled Hockey Festival!! Competing in the YOUTH B bracket at the tournament, the Sitting Bulls defeated last year's champs, the Chicago Hornets. The Bulls completed the first round of "round robin" play by defeating the Chicago Hornets, the Virtua Wings of Steel (New Jersey) and the Polar Xpress. The Bulls then got their rematch of last year's championship game, with the Chicago Hornets. The Bulls left little doubt that they were the better team this year. With contributions from every player on the team, the Bulls claimed their first ever Championship Trophy! Congratulations to all the players and coaches for all of their hard work. We could not be more proud!! GO BULLS!!
NEW PHOTOS ADDED TO PHOTO ALBUM-FUNDRAISER 2014
Action shots along with pics of our special guests: Dan McCoy-2014 US Paralympic Gold Medalist and Pittsburgh Steeler LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Somerset Daily American coverage of The 2013 Sitting Bulls Columbus Day Challenge
Sitting Bulls receive 2013 NHLPA Grant
The Sitting Bulls would like to thank the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA)
for selecting us as one of the recipients of their 2013 NHLPA Grants. The Sitting Bulls have been
awarded TEN brand new sets of equipment for our players, including our special hockey sleds.
This award has a monetary value that approaches $10,000 dollars. The benefit and safety that
our players will gain from the grant of this equipment is enormous. We cannot thank the NHLPA
enough for this award.
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The Johnstown Sitting Bulls players and families would like to thank our many sponsors. We realize that our mission would be much more difficult without their tremendous support.
Check out our Photo Album page!! Lots of cool pics!!
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Pictures from the 2nd annual Columbus Day Challenge
Photos from the 2013 National Disabled Hockey Festival
Also: Sitting Bulls at the Consol Energy Center 2012
Ali Single 2012-2013 Team and candid photos
Ali Single 2012 Team Pics and Action Shots
2012 Fundraiser Photos from Ali Single's Shutterfly Page
Life of a Small Town Photographer-Sitting Bulls Photo Documentary
2002 Paralympic USA vs Norway Gold Medal Shootout (AWESOME video)
US National Sled Hockey vs Canadian National Team-Exhibition video
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