Special hockey programs have been established over 30 cities in the United States. The goal of special hockey is to give people with physical and developmental disabilities the chance to play the sport of ice hockey in an environment which is adapted to the level of ability. The athletes play upright and in most cases offsides, icing, penalties etc. are not part of gameplay. Special Hockey emphasizes players to have fun through teamwork, social interaction, and improving the quality of life through on and off ice activities.
Special hockey serves a wide range of disabilities and there is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the sport. Many teams also provide a mentor program in which coaches and volunteers assist the players with important skills for everyday life. There is competition available when interested as well as various camps throughout the year.
For information about starting a program, or to find a program near you please contact Susie Miller.
Special Hockey Representative
USA Hockey has recently created a video to help programs and teams determine their player’s level for Special Hockey. This video is a tool that can be used to consistently rank players across the country so coaches can more accurately work with other programs/teams and understand the players' abilities within their own program.
USA Hockey and the USA Hockey Foundation are proud to offer a new GROW Special Hockey Grant Program to assist new and existing special hockey programs. This new grant has two purposes, the first of which is to help with the initial costs of getting a new special hockey program off the ground, and the second is to provide assistance for existing special hockey programs in the purchasing of equipment through a cooperative partnership with Total Hockey. USA Hockey and the USA Hockey Foundation are committed to awarding a minimum of $25,000 to the GROW Special Hockey Grant Program for the 2012-2013 hockey season
New Special Hockey programs in the first or second year of their existence can submit an application to receive $2,000 in start-up money. This $2,000 will be mailed in the form of a check and can be used for ice time, formation of not-for-profit status, marketing and equipment, etc.
New and existing programs can submit an application to receive equipment from Total Hockey. USA Hockey has allotted a $2,000 equipment grant to be paid directly to Total Hockey. As a partner of the USA Hockey Disabled Program, Total Hockey will increase the value of the grant for a total of $2200, allowing for a greater amount of equipment to be purchased by those most-deserving Special Hockey programs.