USA Hockey will host a trio of disabled hockey events this fall, beginning with the 2019 USA Hockey Warrior Classic, presented by Terry Fator (Oct. 3-6) in Las Vegas. The event will be followed by the USA Hockey Special Hockey Classic (Nov. 8-10) in Wayne, N.J., and the previously announced USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL (Nov. 21-24), in St. Louis, Missouri.
The fourth annual USA Hockey Warrior Hockey Classic, presented by Terry Fator, will take place October 3-6 in Las Vegas. Games will be played at City National Arena, the practice facility of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, as well as The Las Vegas Ice Center.
Warrior hockey is dedicated to injured and disabled U.S. Military Veterans who have served our country and play the sport of ice hockey. The tournament annually brings together teams from across the country to compete in one of USA Hockey’s fastest growing disabled disciplines.
This year’s event is expected to consist of 16 teams, doubling the record eight-team field from last year’s event, with upper and lower divisions. A year ago, the Buffalo Sabres Warriors won the Division A title by defeating the Dallas Warriors Upper, 7-3, while the Chicago Blackhawks Warriors came from behind to earn the Division B title with a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Registration for the event is now open. Click here to register.
The second annual USA Hockey Special Hockey Classic will be held November 8-10 at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, N.J.
The special hockey discipline is intended to give people with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities the chance to play the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability.
The event will include 16 teams on a first come, first serve basis. Last year's inaugural event saw 10 teams take the ice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Click here to register for the 2019 Special Hockey Classic.
The NHL’s St. Louis Blues will play host to the 10th annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL. The four-day event will be held from Nov. 21-24 at the St. Louis Community Ice Center, which will serve as the official practice facility of the St. Louis Blues starting this September.
First staged in 2010, the Classic features sled hockey teams associated with certain NHL clubs. The inaugural tournament featured four teams and 46 players and has since grown to 30 teams and over 350 skaters.
This past February, the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks hosted the 9th edition of the event that featured a record 30 teams associated with a record-tying 20 NHL clubs. In total, a record 362 skaters took part, including 37 current members of the U.S. National Sled Hockey team, the U.S. Men’s Development Sled Hockey team and the U.S. Women’s Development Sled Hockey team.
Registration information and additional details will be released at a later date.
NOTES: The 2019 USA Hockey Sled Hockey Player Development Camp, which is utilized to identify, train and educate the top sled hockey athletes in the United States, opens next week (July 7-12) in Amherst, New York ... Following the camp, USA Hockey will host tryouts (July 13-14) for the 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... For more information on USA Hockey's disabled hockey disciplines, click here.