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Tinker Wins Gold with Canada in World Ball Hockey Championships

Saroya Tinker. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Saroya Tinker. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rising sophomore defenseman Saroya Tinker (Oshawa, Ont.) of the Yale women's ice hockey team won gold this past weekend playing for Canada at the World Ball Hockey Federation Championships in Litomerice and Lovosice, Czech Republic. Canada beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in the final Sunday after shutting out Slovakia 7-0 in the semifinal Saturday.

In addition to Canada, the tournament included teams from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and the USA. Canada cruised through the round-robin portion of the competition, posting a 4-0-0 record and outscoring its opponents 39-0. That included three 8-0 wins and a 15-0 win. Tinker had four assists in the first four games, then had a goal and an assist in the championship game.

While similar to ice hockey, ball hockey is played on foot and on a non-ice surface, using a ball instead of a puck. Tinker's previous ball hockey experience includes a silver medal at the Ontario Summer Games in 2012. On the ice, she was a member of the Canadian U18 National Team, winning a silver medal at the 2016 U18 IIHF World Championship.

In the 2016-17 season at Yale, Tinker appeared in 30 games, scoring one goal and adding four assists.

Tinker is a graduate of Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School. She played for the Durham West Junior Lightning. At Yale, she is a member of Franklin College.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity