This weekend, AMI – Accessible Media Inc. presents the 2017 Canadian Blind Hockey Western Regional Tournament brought to you by CNIB. This is the second annual Western Regionals for the fast-growing parasport of Blind Hockey, and marks the very first time Canadian Blind Hockey will host a tournament in the province of Alberta.
The event takes place at Robinson Arena at the Leduc Recreation Centre, beginning at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 24, running through the day Saturday, and wrapping up with the final game and medal ceremony from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 26.
The tournament is 100% free to come watch – you will be inspired and entertained as you witness one of the fastest sports in the world played by athletes who have 10% vision or less!
The 2017 Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament features 32 Blind Hockey players who will be divided into two teams, then compete in a three-game series. Players come from the local Edmonton SeeHawks Blind Hockey team, as well as the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, Vancouver Eclipse, Hiboux de Montreal, Washington Wheelers, and Nova Scotia Blind Hockey Club programs. Players range in age from as young as 16 years old to seasoned Blind Hockey vets who are in their fifties and sixties. Each team will have both male and female players and coaches.
Invented in Canada, the sport of Blind Hockey is played by athletes who range from legally blind – approximately 10% vision – to completely blind. The parasport uses an adapted puck that makes noise and is bigger and slower than a traditional puck. Typically, players with more vision play forward, skaters with less vision or no vision play defence and often stay in their own defensive zone. Goalies are either completely blind or very low vision, and must wear a blindfold.
The sport uses modified three foot high nets (one foot shorter than a traditional hockey net), and teams must complete one pass after the attacking blue line to be eligible to score. Otherwise, it is the exact same game Canadians know and love, and immediately recognizable as an exciting form of our country’s national winter sport.
The 2017 Western Blind Hockey Tournament is presented by AMI – Accessible Media Inc., brought to you by CNIB, and made possible by a grant from the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund at the Calgary Foundation. The event is supported by community partners the City of Leduc, the Government of Alberta – Alberta Sport Connection, and ASRAB – the Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind.
For more information on the sport of Blind Hockey please visit facebook.com/CanadianBlindHockey or blindicehockey.com.
2017 Canadian Blind Hockey Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament Schedule
Friday, November 24
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies, Exhibition & Balancing Game
Saturday, November 25
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Game #1
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Game # 2
Sunday, November 26
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Game # 3
About Canadian Blind Hockey
Canadian Blind Hockey changes the lives of children, youth and adults who are blind or partially sighted by providing Blind Hockey programming including: introductory try-it sessions, development camps, regional and national competitions, and by supporting the Canadian Blind Hockey teams.
About Accessible Media Inc.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca.
For more information about the event, the sport of Blind Hockey, or the organization:
Canadian Blind Hockey