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2018 USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival

Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival

USA Hockey, the Central District, and Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois are proud to welcome and invite you to the 14th annual Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival to be held at the Leaf's Ice Centre in West Dundee, IL. The Festival has taken place in a different area of the country each year with huge success and tremendous growth. The event has become too large to host in a single weekend and it was decided by the Disabled Hockey Section to separate the disabled festival into two separate weekends:

April 5 – 8:        Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Special, Warrior/Standing Amputee
April 12 – 15:    Sled Hockey

The mission of the Festival is to provide a fun and exciting weekend of hockey in a grand event as well as promote and grow disabled hockey throughout the country. The event is the largest disabled hockey event of its kind. This new format will be able to accommodate more teams, more players and more flexibility.

Games may start as early as 6:00 p.m. on Thursday of each week and will end no later than 2:00 p.m. on Sunday of each week. Social activities will be planned for all participants and their families. These activities will include pin trading! Details will be provided as the events are finalized.

The team cost to participate in the 2018 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival is:
$350 if registration and payment is received by December 31, 2017
$500 if received between January 1, 2018 and February 16, 2018

The deadline to register for the Festival will be February 16, 2018. All applications and payments must be received by this date.

All participants (players, coaches and volunteers) must be registered with USA Hockey and provide an approved official USA Hockey Roster from the USA Hockey Registry Portal. Canadian Teams participating in Special Hockey must be members of Hockey Canada and provide proof of membership.

Important Contacts

JJ O'Connor
Chair, Disabled Hockey Section
Dublj95@aol.com
(847) 778-9019

Michael Svac
Chair, 2018 Disabled Hockey Festival
Central District Disabled Hockey Representative
Msvac4@icloud.com
(630) 254-2483

Tom Hansen
Chair, Central District
thansen25@yahoo.com

John Dunn
President, Amatuer Hockey Associatin of Illinois
president@ahai2.org
(224) 636-3215


Disciplines Offered

April 5-8, 2018

The Special Hockey Discipline will consist of three (3) levels (A, B, and C). This year, we will again be accepting teams from Canada. Canadian teams must be registered with Hockey Canada and provide proof of membership. The Festival Committee will work with each special hockey team to identify their skill level and place them at the appropriate level.

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Discipline will compete in games during the Festival against local teams from the Chicagoland area.

The Warrior/Amputee Discipline will consist of two (2) levels (A and B). Teams shall consist of Veterans with a disability and/or players with amputations that play upright hockey. Veteran players must have served in the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard) and been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. They must also meet at least one of the following requirements: (1) Purple Heart recipient, (2) have a minimum 10% rating from the VA, or (3) have a disability occurring outside of service (that may or may not have been related to service). Verification of disability will be required. Click here for more information on eligibility.

The Blind/Visually Impaired Hockey Discipline will consist of two (2) levels (A and B). The advanced group (Level A) will be a similar structure as previous years focusing on the more advanced players that have experience in competing at the higher level. The Intermediate group (Level B) will combine both structured skill development practices with competitive games at the appropriate skill level. This year, we will again be accepting teams from Canada. Canadian teams must be registered with Hockey Canada and provide proof of membership. The Festival Committee will work with each blind hockey team representative to identify their skill level and place them at the appropriate level.

 

April 12-15, 2018

The Sled Hockey Discipline will have several divisions for both youth and adult players. The Youth Division will consist of three (3) levels (A, B, and C), depending on the number of teams that participate. The Festival Committee will work with each youth sled team to identify their skill level and place them at the appropriate level. The Adult Division will consist of four (4) levels: a single eight (8) Adult Sled National Championship Division and three (3) USA Open Divisions (A, B, and C). The eight (8) National Championship teams will be determined by the National Championship Committee. The Festival Committee will work with each of the remaining adult sled teams to identify their skill level and place them at the appropriate level (USA Open A, B, or C).


General Rules and Guidelines

The Festival will use the Official Playing Rules of USA Hockey. All players, referees, coaches and pushers are required to be properly registered with USA Hockey.

Players may only play for one team per disabled hockey discipline during the USA Disabled Hockey Festival regardless of the division. A player must declare what team he/she is playing with at the beginning of the Festival and may not change teams once the Festival has started for any reason.

For the Sled Hockey divisions, the Festival will also use the approved sled hockey specific rules found in the "Official Sled Hockey Rules of USA Hockey" and the "USA Hockey Official Guidebook for Sled Hockey". Pusher rules, as outlined in the "Official Sled Hockey Rules of USA Hockey", shall apply to all divisions.


Facility Information

This year, the Festival will take place in Chicagoland area at the Leaf Ice Centre in West Dundee, Illinois. This complex is approximately 40 miles west of the city of Chicago. It features 3 NHL sized rinks with a restaurant & bar and a Pro Shop

Because of the size of the event, Fox Valley Ice Arena may be used as an auxiliary rink. Fox Valley Ice Arena is 18 miles south of the Leaf Centre.

Leaf Ice Centre
801 Wesemann Drive
West Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 844-8700

Fox Valley Ice Arena
996 S. Kirk Road
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 262-0690


Hotel Information

Several host hotels have been set-up and are listed below. You must be regsiterd for the 2018 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Fesitval, prior to reserving your rooms. Once Registered, you will receive information on how to reserve rooms at the negoiated rate.

If your team decides NOT to stay in one of the host hotels, the entry fee will be an additional $1,000. All hotels must be booked by February 20, 2018. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.

Marriott Hotel
USA Hockey Headquaters
$90 - $105 +tax

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
$109 - $119 +tax

Comfort Suites
$109 +tax

Country Inn & Suites
$99 +tax


Airport Information

Two major airports serve the Chicago area, including the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), which is 25 miles (35 Minutes) from Leaf Ice Centre , and the Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) which is approximately 56 miles (55 minutes) away. An extensive variety of airlines are serviced by the combination of these two airports. Two additional options are include, the DuPage Airport (DPA) which is 18 miles (40 Minutes) from the event and the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) which is 45 Miles (50 Minutes).