By Michael Svac, USAH Central District Disabled Hockey Representative
The Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey team loaded up the vans this past month and headed East to compete in the first annual Special Hockey Summit that was hosted this year by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Hockey Sticks Together foundation.
Two teams from Chicago attended the four game series that was played at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Steve Drews, Head Coach for Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey had this to say about the event, “Overall, the players had a great time. We came to play some hockey and also enjoy the opportunity to spend time together as a team. The venue, including the hockey facilities and physical location was spectacular.”
A total of ten teams from the United States and Canada made the journey to Pittsburgh and the planning for this event took several months. According to Melanie Freeman, Chicago Blackhawks General Manager, “I am always excited when we have opportunities like this to travel as a team to build memories and give all players the experience to meet other people and visit new places.” Melanie and the team are planning their next big journey as the CB Special Hockey team will travel to Tampa Bay, Florida to participate in the annual Disabled Hockey festival in March. “The team is actively raising money to travel to Florida and hope to get as many players there as possible”, said Freeman.
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About Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey
Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey (CBSH) is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. CBSH 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. CBSH 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.