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15th Annual Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival Continues Growth of Sport

By, 04/10/19, 3:00PM MDT


14 Champions Crowned; U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to Train in Indian Trail, N.C., This Weekend

The 2019 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival concluded last Sunday after two weekends of spirited competition in Wesley Chapel and Ellenton, Florida, that featured all six of USA Hockey's disabled hockey disciplines, including blind, deaf/hard of hearing, special hockey, standing amputee, warrior hockey and sled hockey.

In total, 14 programs were crowned champions within the sled and warrior hockey disciplines, including the Chicago Blackhawks capturing the Sled National Championship title. Title game results are below while the tournament homepage can be found here.

Disabled Festival Championship Games

Discipline Championship Game
Blind Hockey Team North 10, Team West 0
Sled Hockey
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Gaylord Wolfpack 2
Sled Hockey
Adult Tier I
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Hurricanes Sled Hockey 1
Sled Hockey
Adult Tier II
Colorado Avalanche 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Sled Hockey
Adult Tier III
San Diego Ducks 7, Palm Beach Tiger Sharks 1
Sled Hockey
Adult Tier IV
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Turnstone Flyers 0
Sled Hockey
Adult Tier V
RoughRiders 1, Carolina Sled Hockey 0
Sled Hockey
Youth Tier I
Space Coast Blast 2, NWO Arctic Wolves 0
Sled Hockey
Youth Tier II
Mighty Penguins 3, Sharks Sled Hockey 0
Sled Hockey
Youth Tier III
San Diego Jr. Ducks 5, Wisconsin Skeeters 0
Sled Hockey
Youth Tier IV
Colorado Avalanche 4, Spaulding Sledgehogs 2
Warrior Hockey
American Division
MN Warriors Twin Cities 6, MN Warriors Duluth 2
Warrior Hockey
Freedom Division
Capital Beltway Warriors 5, Blackhawks Warriors 3
Warrior Hockey
Liberty Division
MN Warriors Duluth 5, Pittsburgh Warthogs 1


On the heels of the 2019 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival, the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will convene in Indian Trail, North Carolina, for its final training camp ahead ahead of the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship set to take place April 27-May 4 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Team USA's camp at the Extreme Ice Center will begin on Thursday (April 11) and conclude Saturday (April 13). All practices are open to the public.

U.S. Camp Schedule

Date Time (ET)
Thurs., April 11 8:10-9:40 p.m.
Fri., April 12 9:00-10:30 a.m.
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Sat., April 13 9:00-10:30 a.m.
4:00-5:30 p.m.

The 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship will serve as Team USA's final international competition of the season. The U.S., which holds a season record of 6-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L), enters the tournament seeking its fourth gold medal after claiming the 2009, 2012 and 2015 world championships. Since winning the gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the United States has captured nine of its last 10 international tournaments and amassed an overall tournament record of 48-2-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L). Highlighted among its nine tournament wins are the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship on home ice in Buffalo, New York, and its unprecedented third-straight gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Notes: The inaugural Festival in 2005 included 24 teams and nearly 300 players ... 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 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team has suffered just one championship game loss in its last 11 international tournaments, a 4-1 defeat to Canada at the 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship ... For more information on disabled hockey, click here.

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