By Michael Svac, USA Hockey Central District Disabled Hockey Representative
The Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team hosted another Try Hockey event for individuals with limited or no vision on November 17th at Center Ice of DuPage. Stephanie Sims, Team Manager, coordinated the event with the help of Sandra DiMonte, Head Coach for the Blind Hockey Learn to Skate Program. Overall it was another successful Try Hockey event with several newcomers risking it all to put on a pair of skates to learn how to play the game.
“We started planning for the event about six weeks ago,” said Stephanie Sims, “and the responses we received from so many individuals interested was amazing.” She also noted that, “Our program continues to grow each year and with Try Hockey events like this we are able to introduce more people with vision impairments to the sport.”
Coach DiMonte has been involved with the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey Team since the program started in the summer of 2014. According to Coach DiMonte, “We target at least one Try Hockey event each year and the turnout just keeps getting better; each year we get more individuals committing to transition from ‘try hockey’ to our actual blind hockey program full time.”
This year we highlighted four superstars, Brothers Axel and Levi and Edward and Deon, that we hope to see again at our next scheduled hockey practice at Center Ice on December 1st.
For more information about Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey or if you interested in coming out to one of our “try hockey” sessions, please click here to visit the team’s website.
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