One of USA Hockey’s greatest initiatives is to provide everyone an opportunity to give the sport a try, regardless of age or background.
That commitment was especially evident Jan. 17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the Colorado Avalanche, as 45 blind and visually impaired individuals ranging from age 4 to 76 took part in Denver’s first Try Blind Hockey Day. Staff members from USA Hockey and the Avalanche provided equipment and on-ice instruction. Like other Try Hockey days, the event was free of charge and open to players of all skill levels.
“Our goal was to get everyone in any capacity on the ice, whether it’s with a visual impairment or sled hockey or special hockey,” explained Doris Donley, vice president of adaptive hockey for the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA). “You’re never too young and never too old to learn the sport of hockey. Really and truly, it is for everyone.”