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30 Year Anniversary Of "The Greatest Game Ever Played" 1987 Budwesier International Final - Tony Jaros v Mr. Bobs -
Submitted By: Global Broomball Magazine on March 9, 2017 at 11:38:44 AM

In 1987 two of Minnesota's legendary teams met in the finals of The Budweiser International Championships.

Both Tony Jaros and Mr Bobs had survived bruising pool play and semi final games against rugged, top flight Canadian and Minnesotan teams. The Championship would pit tournament founder, and first ballot USA Broomball Hall of Famer Mick Sletten's free wheeling, offensive dynamo Mr. Bob's squad against Tommy Noyes and Ira Hackner's (also USA Broomball Hall of Famer's) defensive juggernaut Tony Jaros team.

The game was beyond incredible and left a life long impression on a then 21 year old Editor. Said Editor used what he saw that weekend as a blueprint to help mold the American game over the next 30 years.

Players from both Tony Jaros and Mr. Bobs will be honored in a brief on ice ceremony right before this years International Elite Division Championship game (Sat March 25th, 7:30pm).

The following is an account of the game from the 1/10/88 edition of The Mpls Star Tribune

Ralph Thorton, StarTribune -
Jaros Sweeps past opposition to capture International Championship-

"The winner of what some regard as the world broomball championship was Tony Jaros' team of Minneapolis which defeated Mr. Bob's of Minneapolis 1-0 in double overtime in the International Broomball Tournament at Augsburg College.

Charlie Lakotas of Crystal, goalkeeper for Mr. Bob's, recorded his 118th shutout over the last 12 years, holding Jaros scoreless in regulation, only to watch his team lose in OT. In broomball goalies and one player are removed for overtime periods, making the contest four against four with open goals.

Averaging five goals a game, the Mr. Bob's team, which had previously beaten the Rockies from Winnipeg 6-1, St. Paul Park VFW 5-2, and the Ottawa Silver Bullets 6-2 was heavily favored. But inspired play by the Jaro's goalie Mark Beltz made the difference as Mr. Bob's outshot Jaros by a considerable margin. Mr. Bobs forward Tom Thaden with four goals and four assits received the tournaments scoring award.Bob Rachel scored the game-winning goal for Jaros.

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