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Special Hockey

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 Amy LaPoe.

Amy LaPoe

Amy LaPoe

Special Hockey Representative

Special Hockey Promotion Video Now Available

USA Hockey is proud to announce the new Special Hockey Promotional Video.  This video is available upon request and can be customized with your program logo and contact information at the end.  To request a copy, please email

Special Hockey Jamboree

Do you have a child with special needs that just LOVES hockey?  Then the Special Hockey Jamboree is for you.  This event is designed to bring awareness of Special Hockey to the Northeast  and encourage new and existing players to come together for a day of fun and hockey. 

USA Hockey Membership is NOT required and there is no cost to attend this event.  For more information and to register online, click here.

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Historic two-week festival concluded last weekend with the USA Hockey Sled Hockey National Championship

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