The fifth annual Canadian National Blind Ice Hockey Tournament takes place March 24 – 26 in Toronto, Canada. The event will showcase the best Blind Ice Hockey players in the world, including the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team members, Michael Guskey and Salmaan Chaudhri, as they compete in three different divisions throughout the weekend. The entire tournament will be streamed live for free in HD, with professional play-by-play to make the sport accessible to all fans. For details on how to watch the web broadcast, as well as more information about the sport and the tournament, please visit blindicehockey.com.
The sport of Blind Ice Hockey is growing rapidly across North America, thanks to Canadian Blind Hockey and USA Hockey. Back in 2013 at the first ever Canadian National Blind Ice Hockey Tournament, nearly all players came from only three programs, with a single American player participating in the event. Five years later, the tournament now has players from across North America, including players from nine different Blind Hockey programs. The 2017 tournament features athletes from US clubs the New York Nightshade, Washington Wheelers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins Blind Hockey programs, as well as Canadian clubs the Toronto Ice Owls, Hiboux de Montreal, Vancouver Eclipse, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, and Edmonton SeeHawks.
The sport of Blind Ice Hockey is played by athletes who are blind or visually impaired using an oversized adapted puck that moves slower than a traditional puck and makes noise. The sport uses modified three foot high nets (one foot shorter than a traditional hockey net), and teams must complete one pass after the centre ice red line to be eligible to score. For the first time ever in 2017, athletes will be divided into three different divisions based on level of vision, experience, and skill.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT PLEASE VISIT WWW.BLINDICEHOCKEY.COM