The Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey organization, in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, recently held a “Try Hockey For Free” event for players who are visually impaired. On Thursday, August 17, over 40 youths with visual impairments from The School Association for Special Education in DuPage County (SASED), participated in the full day event that was hosted at the Addison Trail High School.
The Chicago Blackhawks Fan Development team provided instructors, equipment and their inflatable rink so that the “Try Hockey” participants could experience the ‘real feel’ of a hockey game. Participants received instruction to enhance their skills with stick handling, passing and understanding the game of hockey. They also had the opportunity to wear hockey equipment and several participants expressed an interest in joining the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey Team.
“The Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey program, which skates out of Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn on Saturday afternoons, gives people of all ages and skill level who are blind or have visual impairments an opportunity to come together and enjoy the sport of hockey,” said Hockey Director and Head Coach Michael Svac. “The event on August 17 was a big success and we were very excited to have this opportunity to partner with a local high school and the School Association for Special Education in DuPage County.”