There are 6 types of the disabled ice hockey. The first is sled hockey which is for players sitting down in a sled with physical or developmental disabilities. Second is special hockey for players that still play upright with developmental disabilities. The third is standing/amputee hockey which is for players with amputations that play upright. The fourth is deaf hockey which is for players who have hearing impairments of 50% or more. The fifth is blind hockey which is for players who have seeing impairments of various levels. The sixth is warrior hockey which is for players who are veterans with disabilities.
AHAI is supportive of disabled hockey through it's various programming. AHAI is supported by the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Blackhawks Charities to provide these programs.
The Blackhawks Warriors Hockey team, sponsored in part by the Chicago Blackhawks, is comprised of our veterans with 10% disability or greater. The Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education. The Warriors program educates, trains, motivates military members who have disabilities to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of their ability. For more information, please contact Rich Jecmen, Rich Jecmen firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.605.5507.
Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey team members range in age from 5 to 55, and include both male and female athletes. The team is comprised of players that have Autism, Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities.
Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey strive to promote and emphasize the development of sportsmanship, team spirit, increased confidence, pride, and team unity.while having a great time in the process!
For more information, please feel free to contact Melanie Freeman, email@example.com or 847-858-9012
Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey, sponsored in part by the Chicago Blackhawks Organization, is dedicated to providing children and adults that are blind or visually impaired with the opportunity to play hockey. Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team is a place for both males and females of all ages and skill levels (from learn to skate to athletes that played competitive hockey before becoming visually impaired).
Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey was first organized in 2015 and was the first USA Blind Hockey Program that was associated with a NHL Team. The Blackhawks program promotes the development of hockey and skating skills, sportsmanship, promoting a team environment, learning the game of hockey and having fun with a continued focus that "Hockey is For Everyone!"
For more information, please contact Michael Svac, Msvac@Comcast.net or 630-254-2483
The Hornets are a youth sled hockey team made up of players from 5 to 20 years old. The Hornets practice on Tuesday nights at Mt.Prospect Ice Arena and play games against able-bodied teams in Illinois on a regular basis.
For more information, please feel free to contact JJ OConnor at DUBLJ95@aol.com or (847) 778-9019
The CISHA Thunder are a youth sled hockey team with players ranging in ages from 4 to 18 years old. The Thunder practice once per week and play scrimmage games throughout the hockey season.
For more information, please contact Tim at (309) 261-2250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey program is sponsored by the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). The sled hockey program was formed in 1999 and is free for participants to join and participate, all hockey gear and equipment can be supplied by the program. The Blackhawks Sled Hockey season begins in September and runs through July with practices held on Wednesday and Sunday nights at the Chicago Park District’s McFetridge Sports Complex. The Blackhawks host two teams; a competitive team that plays in the Midwest Sled Hockey League and a developmental team that plays in the Heartland Sled Hockey League. Both teams practice twice weekly and play in tournaments across the country including the NHL Sled Classic and the USA Hockey Disabled Festival.
For more information about the Blackhawks Sled Hockey program and other Adaptive Sports and Fitness opportunities at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab please visit our web page https://www.sralab.org/services/adaptive-sports, or call (312) 238-5001.