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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

2018 USA Hockey Special Hockey Classic

USA Hockey and the Hockey Sticks Together Foundation are pleased to announce the all-new Special Hockey Classic that will take place from Nov. 16-18, 2018, at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex just outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. Special Hockey has seen tremendous growth over the past several years and because of that, the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Section felt the time was right to add this new event to support the many players who participate in Special Hockey every day. 

This event is open to any "B" or "C" level team that is properly registered with USA Hockey. Teams participating will receive a minimum of three games over the course of the weekend. Games will start as early as 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, and conclude no later than 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. More schedule information about the event, including a social event for all players and coaches, will be provided at a later date.

The fee to participate is $295/team.  The deadline to register is October 14, 2018.

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

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