"To provide an opportunity for hockey players of any ability to play in a tournament which emphasizes fun, friendship and respect."


SHI 2013 Tournament - Participating Teams/Associations

(32 Communities - 60 Teams)



Ann Arbor Rockets

Ann Arbor Rockets

USA  

Ann Arbor, Michigan

1 Team

Division - C

Co-Host Team for 2014

The Ann Arbor Rockets Hockey team started in January of 2011 out of a need for a hockey program in the Ann Arbor area for children who might have difficulty accessing traditional hockey programs due to disability. The home ice of the Ann Arbor Rockets is Veterans Arena in Ann Arbor where we hope to continue to grow.


Baltimore Saints

Baltimore Saints

USA  

Baltimore, Maryland

1 Team

Division - B

 

The Baltimore Area Special Hockey, home of the Baltimore Saints, began in 2008 with 45 players. Through word of mouth, our organization has grown to over 100 players, male and female, from ages five to 30. The Saints skate every Saturday from October to March at the Reisterstown SportsPlex. The team is looking forward to our annual road trip to the Special Hockey International Tournaments. Previously we have traveled to Boston MA, Buffalo NY, Jamestown NY, Laurel MD and are excited to add Kitchener, Ontario.


Barrie Colts

Barrie P.U.C.K.S. Colts

Canada  

Barrie, Ontario

1 Team

Division - B

 

BMHA's Special Needs Team is proudly sponsored by Anything Gas Heating & Air Conditioning. We are based at the NTR rinks in Barrie and are in our third successful year.


Brampton 45s

Brampton 45s

Canada  

Brampton, Ontario

3 Teams

Divisions - A,B,C

 


Buck County Admirals

Bucks County Admirals

USA  

Warminster, Pennsylvania

1 Team

Division - B

 

The Bucks County Admirals started six years ago in Warminster, PA with about 12 interested players. We now have over 40 players playing in our organization. We have six adult coaches and anywhere from five to 10 associate coaches at every practice to help our players. Our home rink is Bucks County Ice Sports Center in Warminster, PA.


Buffalo Sabres Thunder

Buffalo Sabres Thunder

USA  

Buffalo, New York

1 Team

Division - B

 

The Buffalo Thunder was created in 2008 with 15 co-ed players ranging in age from 10 to 30 years old. Now in our fifth season, we have grown to 25 players, including three young women. We have grown slowly and steadily and in 2011 we formed a partnership with the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, and are now called the Buffalo Sabres Thunder and proudly wear their jersey. With their support and encouragement, we hope to increase our outreach in the community so that anyone with special needs who has the desire to play ice hockey has the opportunity to do so.


Cambridge Ice Hounds

Cambridge Ice Hounds

Canada  

Cambridge, Ontario

1 Team

Division - A

Local Supporting Team 2013

Established in 2006, the Cambridge Ice Hounds provide hockey and fundamental skating programs in Cambridge for children and adults with developmental needs, providing them with the opportunity to participate in a hockey program just like any other person. We accept members from throughout Waterloo Region at any skill level.


Cambridge Ice Hounds - NOVA Cool Cats

Cambridge Ice Hounds / NOVA Cool Cats

Canada USA  

Cambridge, Ontario /
Arlington, Virginia

1 Team

Division - B

 


Cambridge Ice Hounds - Michigan FAR Flyers

Cambridge Ice Hounds / Michigan FAR Flyers

Canada USA  

Cambridge, Ontario /
South Detroit, Michigan

1 Team

Division - C

 


Capital City Condors

Capital City Condors

Canada  

Ottawa, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - B,C

Host Team for 2015

The Capital City Condors are ice hockey teams for youth who are unable to play on any other hockey team due to a disability. Players are ages 6 and up, of all ability levels and are each given a high degree of personal supervision by the Condors on-ice coaches.


Colorado Ice Wizards

Colorado Ice Wizards

USA  

Boulder City, Colorado

1 Team

Division - B

 

Rocky Mountain Special Hockey was founded in 2010. We hold weekly practices from October through April, summer scrimmages and other skating events at the YMCA of Boulder Valley in Lafayette, Colorado. At the beginning of our first season, the players submitted team names and they voted on their team name, The Colorado Ice Wizards. Our players also chose their team colours of black, purple, and lime green. Currently, we have 31 players and continue to recruit new players.


Detroit MORC Stars

Detroit MORC Stars

USA  

Livonia, Michigan

4 Teams

Divisions - A,B,B,C

Co-Host Team for 2014

The MORC Stars hockey team exist for the enrichment of athletes with developmental disabilities. In addition to teaching the physical skills of ice hockey, the program strives to develop individual characteristics such as dependability, self-reliance, confidence, concentration, willingness to share, and personal accountability. Males and females of all ages are welcome.


Donaldsons Diamonds

Donaldson's Diamonds

Canada  

Don Mills, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - B,C

 

In 1998 John Donaldson realized the need for a hockey program for children with special needs in the Don Mills area. Don Mills Diamonds began with 10 players in their first year, 1998-1999, playing other teams in the Don Mills Civitan House League and other special needs hockey teams within the GTA. In the fall of 2008 the Diamonds had grown and were divided into two teams and for this 10th anniversary year the organization formally recognized John Donaldson's dedicated commitment to the success of the Diamonds with the team name change to "Donaldson's Diamonds".


Durham Dragons

Durham Dragons

Canada  

Ajax, Ontario

3 Teams

Divisions - A,B,B

 

A survey was conducted in 1994 and it was found that there was an overwhelming interest for children and adults to participate in Canada's number one sport. In 1995 players registered, forming two teams and officially the start the Dragons. In 1998, players were divided into two divisions; junior, which is a beginners level and senior, a more advanced level. In 2001, an intermediate division began. The Durham Dragons are five teams of eager players who've become a sensation at the Ajax Community Centre, just east of Toronto, Ontario.


Gateway Locomotive

Gateway Locomotive

USA  

St. Louis, Missouri

1 Team

Division - B

 

Gateway Special Hockey, Inc. was organized in 1994 with 17 athletes and approximately 12 coaches. St. Louis hosted the first ever SHI Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend in 1996 with 6 teams competing. Gateway hockey practices are held at The Ice Zone at the St. Louis Mills Shopping Mall.


Grandravine Tornadoes

Grandravine Tornadoes

Canada  

Toronto, Ontario

4 Teams

Divisions - B,B,B,B

 

The Grandravine Tornadoes were founded by Pat Flick in 1980 and have been operating out of Grandravine Arena in North York, Ontario ever since. The Grandravine Tornadoes started with only two athletes and have now grown to over 86 athletes who get together for a one hour practice every Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program is run by a great group of volunteers who dedicate their time to work with athletes of different abilities. In 1994 we became a travelling team when we played against the Gateway Locomotives in St. Louis for the first ever Special Hockey International Tournament.


Grey Bruce Falcons

Grey Bruce Falcons

Canada  

Hanover, Ontario

1 Team

Division - B

 

The Grey Bruce Falcons started in 2008 with only a few players and have grown to 17 this season. We have both junior and senior programs and have been having a lot of fun and excitement this year so far with players from all over our surrounding area. We play in Hanover at the new P&H Center in the Hanover Honda arena.


Guelph Giants

Guelph Giants

Canada  

Guelph, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - A,B

Local Supporting Team 2013

The Guelph Giants Special Hockey Foundation's inaugural year was 2006, comprising a team of 21 enthusiastic and appreciative players of varying ages and abilities, who were excited to play the game they love so much with a great group of peers. Over the years the Guelph Giants have continued to grow and in 2010 a second team was added, and this year a third team. The club now has junior, intermediate and senior teams. The growth of the club is attributed to selfless volunteers who have created a fun, caring and nurturing environment, while stressing good sportsmanship and conduct.


Innisfil Snowdogs

Innisfil Snowdogs

Canada  

Innisfil, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - B,C

 

The mission of the Innisfil Snowdogs is to offer a hockey program for individuals with any developmental disability and is open to players of all ages, race, or gender. Athletes learn skills that increase their independence and self esteem. Every team member plays at every practice and every game.


Kawartha Komets

Kawartha Komets

Canada  

Peterborough, Ontario

3 Teams

Divisions - A,B,C

 

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program was founded by Carol Fisher in 2009. Carol and David had been driving their son Matthew to Don Mills to play for the Diamonds for three seasons and felt that Peterborough should have their own SHI team. An exhibition game between the Durham Dragons and the Don Mills Diamonds took place in April 2009 creating much interest in the Peterborough area. We played our first SHI league game in October 2009 and we're now into our fourth season with three teams and close to 60 players. The Komets play at the Evinrude Centre.


Kitchener Ice Pirates

Kitchener Ice Pirates

Canada  

Kitchener, Ontario

3 Teams

Divisions - B,B,C

Host Team 2013

The Kitchener Ice Pirates organization was formed in 2008 and includes players from all over Waterloo Region in Ontario, Canada and is affiliated with the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association. Now in its fifth year, the original team of nine players has grown to 50 players, ages five to young adult, and three teams. Players from all three teams love coming to the ice at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener, Ontario to practice every Saturday.

The Ice Pirates' players continue to thrive due to the dedication of their coaches and many supportive volunteers who give their time every week to ensure that each player's social and physical skills improve, they learn the game of hockey and every player has a sense of belonging. This is their team and their teammates - together they own the ice.


Michigan FAR Flyers

Michigan FAR Flyers

USA  

South Detroit, Michigan

2 Teams

Divisions - A,B

Co-Host Team for 2014

Michigan FAR Flyers special hockey is dedicated to the development and enjoyment of hockey for developmentally or physically challenged athletes. The Michigan FAR Flyers team consists of players and volunteers from various counties in the southeast areas of Michigan.

The hockey team is part of the FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts Ice Skating program, which has been encouraging special athletes in ice hockey and figure skating for over 26 years.

In 2002, the Michigan FAR Flyers team joined the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), USA Disabled Hockey, Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), and Special Hockey International (SHI).

Since 2002 we have participated in Special Hockey International (SHI) Tournaments, USA Hockey Disabled Festivals, and ASHA/USA Hockey sponsored regional tournaments.

Our coaches and volunteers work closely with the athletes to keep both practice and competitive efforts running smoothly. We like to make it as fun as possible for the players and we schedule about 10 games during the season at other rinks and invite the same number of teams to play us at our home arena. We have been averaging about 30 to 35 players each season.

Our coed varsity team practices and plays every Saturday during our season which runs from September through March at the John Lindell Ice Arena in Royal Oak from 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. The rink is located at 1403 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073. All levels of skill are accepted and encouraged.


Mississauga Crusaders

Mississauga Crusaders

Canada  

Mississauga, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - A,B

 

The Mississauga Crusaders have been in existence since 1994, when six players with special needs and a passion to play hockey somewhere...anywhere…came together. Mississauga's Cooksville Hockey Association came forward to support these players, and our team's story started. We continue to be a proud member of the Cooksville Hockey Association and are indebted for their support over the past 18 years. The Crusaders play and practice at the Mississauga Valleys Arena in central Mississauga. We are active members of SHI and are honoured to attend and play in the annual international tournament each year.


Newmarket Nighthawks

Newmarket Nighthawks

Canada  

Newmarket, Ontario

3 Teams

Divisions - A,B,C

 

Newmarket Nighthawks began with just a few players with one simple item in common ... the desire to play hockey. Players will learn how to skate, handle a stick, pass and shoot - all at their own pace. The primary objectives are to have fun, enjoy social interaction and gain hockey skills with the emphasis on having fun.


North Bay North Stars

North Bay North Stars

Canada  

North Bay, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - A,B

 


North York HADC Gladiators

North York HADC Gladiators

Canada  

North York, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - B,C

 

Established in 1995, the North York Hockey Association for the Developmentally Challenged (HADC) Gladiators, a charitable organization, provides opportunity for developmentally challenged individuals to play hockey in a structured, learning environment. The objective is to emphasize fun, resulting in participants developing co-ordination skills, enhancing self-discipline and experiencing team camaraderie and sportsmanship.


NOVA Cool Cats

NOVA Cool Cats

USA  

Arlington, Virginia

Collaboration with Cambridge Ice Hounds

Special Hockey Northern Virginia exists for the enrichment of the athlete with a developmental disability. In addition to physical hockey skills, the program emphasizes the development of dependability, self-reliance, concentration, willingness to share and personal accountability to help the player to be more successful both inside and outside a hockey environment.


Orangeville Wolves

Orangeville Wolves

Canada  

Orangeville, Ontario

1 Team

Division - B

 

The Orangeville Wolves are playing in their 13th season. The team plays a home-and-home with each of the other teams each season. We also enjoy playing in the SHI tournament every year and we were proud to host the tournament in 2010.


Ottawa Valley Ambassadors

Ottawa Valley Ambassadors

Canada  

Ottawa, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - A,B

 

We are proud to be one of the three teams that started this league we see before us today. We are the Ottawa Valley Ambassadors, and while we have grown over the years, many of our original team members are still with us. Many players, coaches, and board members have come and gone and we are still proud to participate in Canada's National Sport of hockey - long live the SHI. We started playing on outside rinks, shoveling ice and playing in sub-zero temperatures and finally moved to indoor ice at Merivale Arena. Many years later we moved to our present facility, the Minto Skating Club on Lancaster Ave. We now have a core of players from age eight to age 60, each one of them an all-star!


St. Catharines CYO Heat

St. Catharines CYO Heat

Canada  

St. Catharines, Ontario

2 Teams

Divisions - B,C

 

The St. Catharines CYO Heat is a hockey program which supports those with Special Needs to learn and enjoy the game of hockey in its proper form.

Now in its 14th year, the CYO Heat was established by Joe Fegan and Rick Jones, with the support of St. Catharines CYO Hockey, to ensure all those within the Niagara Region with Special Needs, be it physical or developmental, have an opportunity to participate, play and enjoy our Country's favorite past time.

Players and participants of all ages are welcome - a desire to learn and play the game of hockey and enjoy the experience is all that is required.

The Heat have a weekly on ice Program which entails instructional time in teaching the various elements of the game - skating, puck control, team work, team play and game environment. The Program has players of a wide variety of not only age but also skill and therefore caters to all. Junior and Senior sections are established on the ice (based on skills - not age.)The Heat are proud to boast a remarkable volunteer base of coaching and supporting staff providing high coach to player ratio.

The Heat have close ties and association within Special Hockey International, a group of Programs across North America which carry the same type structure and Hockey Program for those with Special Needs. Occasional exhibition games and trips to neighboring SHI teams (within the GTA and Rochester to date) are done to allow our team to play formal games, in a friendly and supportive environment for all. The Heat have also participated in many of the Special Hockey International friendship tournaments.

Fun and a positive experience for all are the ultimate goal of the Program. All of our players and participants are champions from the moment they hit the ice.


SPICE Jets of London

SPICE Jets of London

UK  

Slough Berkshire, England

2 Teams

Divisions - A,B

 

The Spice Jets were formed back in 2006 and meet every Sunday to train at the Absolutely Ice Arena in Slough, Berkshire in England.

Our head coach, Nicola Bicknell was part of the original pilot program set up with Spice chairman, Ricci Hodgson. Nicola coaches the players alongside players from the EPL Slough Jets Ice Hockey Club.

The Spice Jets have taken part in two Special Hockey tournaments, the first being in Boston in 2011. We were so motivated that our one team has now grown into two teams who will be playing in this year's tournament.

We are disappointed that there are several players who are unable to fly but they will be with us in spirit - Joe Ward, Ellie Cave?Humphries and Zack Butt.

Spice is funded by BBC Children in Need and member subscriptions.


Steel City Icebergs

Steel City Icebergs

USA  

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 Team

Division - B

 

The Steel City Icebergs are the first team in the Greater Pittsburgh Special Hockey Association. This is an adaptive ice hockey program that teaches children and adults with developmental disabilities to play ice hockey in an environment adapted to each participant's ability combining sensory input, coordination, social interaction, self-reliance, concentration, and willingness to adapt to new experiences with a sense of accomplishment and pride.


The Blades

The Blades

Canada  

Cambridge, Ontario

1 Team

Division - C

 

The Blades Special Hockey program started in September 2012 because a few families knew that Waterloo Region was growing and there was room for another team in the area. Within two months a team was organized and the Blades became a part of the Capital City Condor organization. Playing out of the Cambridge Sports Park has been a blessing for both the team and the facility. At our home games the Canadian anthem is sung with flags attached to hockey sticks.

"Hockey is our excuse, success is measured by smiles and we have a whale of a time."


Werewolves of London

Werewolves of London

UK  

Streatham, London, England

1 Team

Division - B

 

The Werewolves of London Special Ice Hockey Club was formed in 2002. The team currently trains in the temporary Brixton Ice Arena in London, England but is due to move back 'home' into a brand new facility in Streatham, London later in 2013.

The club started with just two players, but quickly grew and by 2009 had nearly 70 players registered. The club aims to continue its growth and provide the inspiration for other special ice hockey clubs to form at other ice rinks across the UK.



           
      
      
      
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