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Men's Inline Hockey Team USA Defends World Champion Status
Team USA Takes Home the Gold at the FIRS World Inline Hockey Championships

July 02, 2004


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MEN'S WORLD INLINE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team USA rolled away with a 4-3 win over Canada in the Gold/Silver medal game, placing them on the top of the international circuit at the 2004 Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) World  Inline Hockey Championships in London, Ontario, Canada.  The United States has taken home the World Championship gold medal for the second year in a row, defending their status as world champions. 

Team USA dominated “Pool A” of round-robin play, defeating Switzerland, France, Sweden, Australia, Mexico and Great Britain.  Canada was the powerhouse in “Pool B,” beating out Italy, Czech Republic, Korea, Spain, Colombia, Japan and Singapore for a place in the Gold/Silver game.  Italy defeated the Czech Republic in the Bronze medal game, taking third overall at the World Championships.

Team USA’s Jason Deskins (Warren, Mich.) was a top ten scorer in the overall tournament, scoring ten goals and four assists.  Taj Melson (Plymouth, Minn.), Ziggy Marszalek (North Bellmore, NY), and CJ Yoder (Elizabethtown, Penn.) also contributed to the offensive play in the Championships.  Melson rolled out six goals and six assists, with Marszalek donating nine goals and one assist throughout play.  Yoder matched Marszalek’s ten goal contribution, with five goals and five assists.

Last year, Men’s Inline Hockey Team USA captured the gold medal at the 2003 FIRS World Inline Hockey Championships and the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The 2004 FIRS World Inline Hockey Championships were held June 23 through July 1 in London, Ontario, Canada.  The Under 18 division (Junior World Championships) will be held June 29 through July 3.  Results can be found on the Canadian Federation web site www.canadainline.com.

USA Roller Sports is recognized by the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the National Governing Body for Competitive Roller Sports in the United States.  For more information, log on to www.usarollersports.org or contact the Director of Media and Public Relations, Kellie Habeeb, at 402.483.7551 or via email at khabeeb@usarollersports.org.

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Congratulations to Men's Inline Hockey Team USA!!!
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