37 YEARS OF BROOMBALL HISTORY IN THE RESORT VILLAGE OF WATERVILLE VALLEY, NEW HAMPSHIRE BEGINS DECEMBER 1, 2016
Broom Hockey “Broomball” started in Waterville Valley in the seventies – played outside, under the lights, on two “flooded” tennis courts where diverse groups of youthful men and women (mostly Valley employees) discovered another winter sport they could add to the mix of winter fun.
Broomball is not curling! Broomball was imported from Canada and is, fundamentally, hockey played on ice with special (broomball) shoes, sticks shaped like brooms, and a ball made for the purpose. For those who loved the sport of hockey but never learned to skate – broomball was a natural. Broomball is alive and well throughout the U.S.A. In Berlin, New Hampshire, there are both men’s and women’s teams. Berlin has an annual invitational broomball tournament with teams from the greater N.E. area and Canada competing. There is (apparently) a “World Broomball Championship”. Check out broomball.com for information about the sport, equipment etc.