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Click here to visit the new Canadian Blind Hockey website for all 2019 Tournament information and links to the live web broadcast.

 

AMI – ACCESSIBLE MEDIA INC. present the:

2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament

Brought to you by the CNIB Foundation

 

Attention Blind Hockey community: it is time to GET EXCITED! The original, the biggest, and the best Blind Hockey Tournament in the world begins in only six weeks, when the adapted puck will drop at the seventh annual Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament. As always, the tournament is at Ryerson University’s world-class Mattamy Athletic Centre – the former Maple Leaf Gardens – in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The event takes place March 22 – 24, 2019, and is presented by AMI – Accessible Media Inc. and brought to you by CNIB.

The 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament will be by far the BIGGEST event in the history of the parasport of Blind Hockey.  We are expecting between 100 and 125 participants who are blind or partially sighted, who will be competing in a record five different divisions including: Children, Youth, Low Vision and Development, Open, and Select Blind Hockey Divisions.  Speaking of exciting news, the 2019 Select Division will also be our biggest yet, and will feature the top 50 Blind Hockey players on the planet representing Canada East, Canada West, and USA Blind Hockey. These star-studded teams will compete in a double round-robin and provide Blind Hockey fans with eight unbelievable games throughout the weekend!

From four-year-old boys and girls who are just beginning their Blind Hockey journey, all the way to the seasoned All-Stars from across North America, the 2019 Canadian Nationals will showcase just how far the parasport of Blind Hockey has come. Whether you are a player, coach, key volunteer, partner, donor, sponsor, or just a big Blind Hockey fan: the 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament promises to be our best event yet and is not to be missed!

2018 was a monumental year for the growth of Blind Hockey.  We had our first-ever European participants compete, we introduced the Children and Youth Division to Canadian Nationals, and we partnered with USA Hockey to put on the words first-ever International Blind Ice Hockey Series in Pittsburgh in October. There has never been a better time to get involved with the sport, and we are looking forward to the many exciting developments that 2019 is sure to bring, beginning with the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament.

There are currently an all-time high of 22 Blind Hockey programs established across North America, and the exciting beginnings of Blind Hockey programs in England and Finland. If you are interested in learning more about the parasport of Blind Hockey, and how you can get involved, please email info@blindicehockey.com to be connected with a program near you.

Canadian Blind Hockey programs include: the Toronto Ice Owls, Les Hiboux de Montreal, the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, the Edmonton SeeHawks, the Vancouver Eclipse, the Nova Scotia See-Kings, the Newfoundland Eye-Landers, GTA Youth, ASRAB Calgary Youth, and the Canadian National Blind Hockey Team.

Canadian Blind Hockey is a national registered charity that changes the lives of children, youth, and adults who are blind or partially sighted through learn to skate and Blind Hockey programs and events.  Our programming is made by possible by generous partners and donors, especially our presenting partner AMI – Accessible Media Inc., our national program partner the CNIB Foundation, the Daniel Family Foundation, Electra Health Floor, and Manion.

 

2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament

March 22 – 24, 2019

Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens
50 Carleton St. Toronto, ON, M5B 1J2
mattamyathleticcentre.ca

For more information please contact:

Matt Morrow
Executive Director
Canadian Blind Hockey
mattmorrow@blindicehockey.com
(604) 812-6786

2019 CANADIAN NATIONAL BLIND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

THURSDAY MARCH 21

8:00 PM

8:50 PM

Canada East Practice

9:00 PM

9:50 PM

Canada West Practice

10:00 PM

11:00 PM

USA Blind Hockey Practice

FRIDAY MARCH 22

10:30 AM

11:45 AM

Children & Youth Balancing Practice

11:45 AM

12:00 PM

Opening Ceremonies

12:00 PM

1:30 PM

Select Series: Canada East vs Team USA

1:30 PM

3:00 PM

Open Division Game 1 / 3

3:00 PM

4:30 PM

Low Vision and Development 1 / 3

4:30 PM

5:30 PM

Children’s Division Game 1/ 3

5:30 PM

6:30 PM

Youth Division Game 1 / 3

6:30 PM

8:00 PM

Select Series: Canada East vs Canada West

SATURDAY MARCH 23

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

Children’s Division 2 / 3

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

Youth Division 2 / 3

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

Select Series: Team USA vs Canada West

12:30 PM

2:00 PM

Open Division Game 2 / 3

3:30 PM

5:00 PM

Low Vision and Development 2 / 3

5:00 PM

6:00 PM

Open Skate and Try Blind Hockey Session

6:00 PM

7:30 PM

Select Series: Team USA vs Canada East (2)

7:30 PM

10:00 PM

Canadian Blind Hockey Banquet

SUNDAY MARCH 24

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

Children’s Division 3 / 3

9:00 AM

10:30 AM

Select Series: TBD

10:30 AM

11:30 AM

Youth Division 3 / 3

11:30 AM

1:00 PM

Low Vision and Development 3 / 3

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

Open Division 3 / 3

2:30 PM

4:00 PM

Select Series: TBD