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Cabral to be inducted into Blast Hall of Fame

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Blast have announced that former player Denison Cabral will be inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 22nd. Original Blast Head Coach Kenny Cooper, former players Stan Stamenkovic, Mike Stankovic, Tim Wittman, Bruce Savage, Dave MacWilliams, Joey Fink, Heinz Wirtz, Keith Van Eron, Dominic Mobilio, Billy Ronson, Richard Chinapoo, Cris Vaccaro, Pat Ercoli, Doug Neely, Danny Counce, Rusty Troy, and Tarik Walker are already in the Hall of Fame, along with original MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman. Cabral will be honored in a ceremony during halftime of the Blast game against the Syracuse Silver Knights.

“As I got back into indoor soccer in 1998, Kevin Healey mentioned that Denison Cabral was available.  When I met him, I was impressed with his interpersonal skills as it relates to his team mates and the fans off the field.  Over the 13 years that he played with my team, I viewed him as one of the most skilled prolific scorers in Blast history.  When he would line up to take penalty kicks, it was an absolute that he was going to score and he did!  It has been my pleasure to have him be on our team and I am congratulating him on his induction in to the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame”, said Blast owner Ed Hale.
Denison Cabral played 13 seasons in Baltimore. Cabral, a five-time League All Star  is also ranked first in franchise history in points (941), total goals (445), two point goals (284), one point goals(142), power play goals (85), game winning goals (32), and playoff scoring (81). During his career, Cabral was a 5 time all- league, won 5 championships with the Blast and was the 2003 2008 Championship MVP. Today, he continues his love and knowledge for soccer as enters his 8th year as the President and Director of Coaching of the Denison Cabral Futsal Academy.  Working with boys and girls from ages 4 to 19, the DCFA is one of the strongest organizations of Futsal in Maryland and the country. Recently, U.S. Futsal (USFF) announced that “Cabral, former US National Futsal Team member and indoor soccer star, as the Director of Youth Player Development to head U.S. Futsal’s recently established Youth Development Program.”

I am very honored and humbled to be voted into such an esteemed Hall of Fame next to some of the legends of the sport; “The magician”, Wittman, Mobilio and Walker (long time teammate and friend)… That’s amazing!  I was blessed to have had the best years of my career spent in Baltimore and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I would also like to thank Mr. Hale, his family, Kevin Healey and the entire Blast organization for making me always feel like a part of the Blast family. I would also like to thank all my teammates and especially the Baltimore fans for their years of support. I will always be thankful for this chapter of my professional career and enjoyed it very much. God knows how much I miss all of preparation for games, traveling, back flips, climbing on the boards, and all of the excitement as a player. Lastly, I thank God for the opportunity to have experienced everything I have always dreamed about.” said Cabral.

Kevin Healey, President and General Manager of the Blast added, “Denison was a Hall of Famer for the Blast both on and off the field.  I look forward to the 22nd when Denison receives his well-deserved honor.”

The Blast, 10-3 are traveling to Syracuse tomorrow to play the Silver Knights for the third time this season at 7:30pm at the OnCenter War Memorial Arena. The Blast’s next two home games are Friday February 21st at 7:05pm and Saturday February 22nd at 6:05pm. Single-game tickets cost $22, $19, and $16. They are on sale at the Baltimore Arena Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 410-547-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information on all Blast tickets, call the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.

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