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.
Special Hockey Representative
USA Hockey and the USA Hockey Atlantic District are excited to announce the 2019 USA Hockey Special Hockey Classic will be held at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, NJ. Special Hockey teams from around the country are invited to compete November 8-10, 2019.
More details including schedule of events and registration will be released soon.
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 DisabledHockey@usahockey.org.