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Sled Hockey Foundation’s Just Try It Event at Canalside, Nov. 26, 2017

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 07, 2017.

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The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) held a terrific Just Try It event at Canalside on the Sunday following the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Canalside Just Try It event is a great way to introduce the sport of sled hockey to a broader audience by getting anyone in a sled who is interested. Most who try the sport comment on the significant challenges of navigating the ice in a sled and the new-found respect they have for the athletes who do so. By raising awareness of the sport, the SHF hopes to also grow support for more area sled hockey programs so that any person living with a disability who wants to participate in this adaptive sport has the opportunity.    

Adam Page, two-time U. S. Paralympic Gold Medalist and Lancaster native, was on hand to sign autographs and skate with participants....(read more)


The Sled Hockey Foundation Celebrates Hockey Day in Lockport

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 06, 2017.

hockey-day-lockport_2SHF President of the Board of Directors, Norm Page, SHF Vice President and two-time paralympic gold medalist, Adam Page, and SHF Board Member Dr. Brad Hopkins along with Executive Director of Lockport Ice, Shelly Unocic

The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) participated in the festive Hockey Day in Lockport event held at the Cornerstone Arena on Saturday, November 25th. This event, sponsored by Howell Motors, was very well organized and executed by Shelley Unocic, the Executive Director of Lockport Ice, her staff, and everyone who volunteered to be part of this wonderful day.     

This event, meant to celebrate the great sport of hockey, was also a reminder of how spectacular the Cornerstone Arena facility is for hockey and special events.  The rinks were built to be sled hockey accessible – friendly to sled players with see-through boards and easy access to the...(read more)


Sled Hockey Foundation’s Just Try It Event with Stone’s Buddies / Women & Children’s Hospital

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Oct 30, 2017.

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The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) held a terrific Just Try It event with Stone’s Buddies and Women & Children’s Hospital on the evening of Thursday, September 21st at Northtown Center.  The event was very well attended by over a dozen families with nearly 30 people taking to the ice to experience sled hockey for the first time.

The objective of the evening was to introduce sled hockey to the children and families who participate in the Stone’s Buddies program, led by Joanne Koessler-Lana, at Women & Children’s Hospital.  The event raised awareness of sled hockey by inviting people to try the sport and learn its therapeutic benefits.  Adam Page, a two-time U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalist in sled hockey, and Lancaster native, was present to sign autographs and skate with participants.    

This Just Try...(read more)


Sled Hockey Foundation’s 2017 Grassroots to Gold Medals Fundraising Gala

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Oct 25, 2017.

(Photos by Fran Sullivan)

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Pete Gallivan, Cody Rapp, Easton Rapp, and Adam Page at The Sled Hockey Foundation Gala

The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) held it’s 2017 Grassroots to Gold Medals Fundraising Gala on Saturday, September 23rd at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew, NY.  With 140 people attending, the SHF was honored to have representatives from the sled hockey community, including Warrior sled athletes from the VA Hospital program, their families and friends, along with many supporters and enthusiasts of the sport.  It was a great evening to celebrate sled hockey and the athletes who overcome mobility disability to be active in the sport and their communities.  

Norm Page, President of the SHF Board of Directors, opened the evening welcoming everyone and introducing renowned sportscaster and personality Pete Gallivan, of WGRZ Channel 2...(read more)


2017-2018 National Sled Hockey Team Announced

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Jul 24, 2017.

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Team USA has officially been announced for The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The newly announced National Sled Team travels to take on the world at the Paralympic games between March 8-18 with a core group of returning veterans and a few new faces. Leading the team will be Guy Gosselin serving as head coach. Gosselin led the team to a silver medal earlier this year at the  Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea, and is keen to bring home a gold at the Paralympic games.

SHF founding board member, Adam Page rejoins the team with 8 other forwards including Declan Farmer, Kevin McKee, Noah Grove, Luke McDermott, Rico Roman, Brody Roybal, Paul Schaus, and Jack Wallace. Backing them up on defense will be Tyler Carron, Nikko Landeros and Josh Pauls on defense. Star goaltender...(read more)


Sled Hockey Grows in Western New York! - Events in Jamestown and Rochester

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 24, 2017.

 

Jamestown Event

 

The Sled Hockey Foundation was honored to be part of the Jamestown Lakers Special Hockey Extravaganza Tournament and fundraising event - a celebration of sled and special hockey on Saturday, March 18th at Northwest Arena.  The day-long event had the largest attendance ever over its 14 years. 

 

The day was capped by a sled hockey game between representatives of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Lakers’ sled hockey team.  The game included Adam Page, current U.S. National Sled Hockey player and two-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, and Danny McCoy, a former National Team player and Paralympic Gold Medalist from the Sochi games. 

 

Rod Kolstee, Director of the Lakers program, was present all day and commented that, “This is a great event – what a crowd.”  He was thrilled to...(read more)


The Sled Hockey Foundation at the 2017 Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 06, 2017.

This year’s Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament saw The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) staff a promotional table and host a special exhibition game featuring the Buffalo Sabres senior sled hockey team. Showing off this physical and intense, sit-down version of the game at RiverWorks, in front of the large audience the venue provides, was a special opportunity to raise awareness of the sport, the Foundation, and its mission.  


This year, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Labatt Tournament, The Sled Hockey Foundation designed a special hockey sled as a gift, signed by members of the national team, in recognition of Labatt's support of the sport and their work to give more athletes access to the pursuit.

 


Two More Successful Just Try It Events in the Books!

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 06, 2017.

The Sled Hockey Foundation was thrilled to continue its commitment to providing opportunities for people to come out and try the great sport of sled hockey. The objectives of Just Try It events are to raise awareness of the sport, serve as a demonstration of how the specialized equipment allows individuals with disabilities to play hockey, and to educate community members about sled hockey programs in the region.

For Just Try It participants, getting in a bucket and skating while also stick handling is a uniquely eye opening event, highlighting the many challenges the sport presents. It gives them a real appreciation for the skills that sled athletes demonstrate.

 

Two recent Just Try It events proved particularly successful – one held on Sunday, February 11th at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport and a second at Canalside on Sunday, February 19th. Between these two events, over 125 people...(read more)


Just Try It: An Event to Inspire

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Aug 24, 2016.

 

To further its critical mission of providing the opportunity for disabled veterans and individuals born with disabilities to participate in the adaptive sport of sled hockey, The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) is always looking for opportunities to increase community awareness of this amazing sport and its athletes.

To that end, a first of its kind event in Buffalo, NY was held on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the HarborCenter.  The “Just Try It” event, conceived by The SHF’s Event Planning Committee, was a tremendously fun and successful evening aimed at drawing attention to sled hockey, some of the stars of the sport, and the ongoing work of The Foundation.

While members of the U. S. National Sled Hockey Team – arguably the world’s best sled hockey players – were in town for national try-outs, it was the perfect opportunity to expose community members interested in the sport...(read more)


The First Annual Sled Hockey Foundation Fundraising Gala: Empowering disabled athletes through the sport of sled hockey.

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 26, 2016.

On the evening of Friday December 4th, 2015, The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) held its first annual fundraising gala at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens restaurant. It was a spectacular evening with nearly 150 people in attendance, including many current and former athletes who have played disabled ice hockey. Among them was Adam Page, the two-time Para-Olympian gold medalist, and co-founder of The SHF, along with his father, Norm, and his teammate Paul Schaus, from the gold medal winning USA sled hockey team in Sochi, Russia.

This special night started with a cocktail reception that allowed guests to socialize as they considered the items offered in the silent auction, in addition to browsing the many gift bags on display for the Chinese Auction – both of these fundraising efforts generated tremendous generosity from those...(read more)


Three military vets put aside their brutal combat scars and regain their competitive edge on the ice

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 24, 2015.

This Buffalo News Article sheds light on the huge impact the sport of sled hockey can have for our returning vets. Check out the article nad share your comments!


Paralyzed Marine turns to growing sport of sled hockey for rehabilitation, community

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 24, 2015.

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You may already know Marine Corps Seargant and Team USA Captain Josh Sweeney. For an inside look at his road from the front lines to team captain, check out this amazing article from Fox News


2015 U.S. Natl Sled Hockey Team Named Paralympic Team of the Year

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 14, 2015.

 

The 2015 US National Sled Hockey Team was named as this year's Paralympic Team of the year! Check out the full story here: US National Team


Florida Bandits Win USA Hockey Sled Championship

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 03, 2015.

Congratulations to the Florida Bandits on winning the USA Hockey Sled Championship! 

Check out the link to the full story: Bandits win Championship!


Meet Team USA's New Sled Backup Goalie

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Nov 17, 2015.

Team USA's backup goalie was recently featured in USA hockey magazine. Check out the full article on USA Hockey's Site!


U.S. Sled Hockey Stars on the World Stage

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on May 08, 2015.

 

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team has firmly established itself as the dominant team in the world as it won the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sledge (Sled) Hockey World Championships in a dominant 3-0 performance over Team Canada on Sunday, May 3rd.   The games were held at the impressive HarborCenter in downtown Buffalo in front of record crowds, while NBC Sports Group live-streamed the entire tournament to a national television audience.

 

Team USA fortifies its “best in the world” standing with this World Championship following a year after they won IPC Gold at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014.  This team is on a roll!  For the first time ever, they went undefeated in international play for the year.  The U.S. Sled Team has now won gold in three of the last four IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships, and earned its fifth...(read more)


A player, a fan, and a sled: the Easton Rapp story

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on May 06, 2015.

Check out this inspiring story of a 5-year old and his favorite athelete: Sled Hockey Gold Medalist, Adam Page. 

The Easton Rapp Story

 


USA beats Cananda to win Sled Hockey Gold Medal

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on May 06, 2015.

This past Sunday, the USA national Sled Hockey team entertained a sold out home crowd by beating Canada for the Gold Medal in the 2015 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships! 

The gold medal game was a fitting end to a dominating tournament performance by the Americans. 

Check out the full review from USA Hockey: Team USA Wins 2015 World Title

 


Team USA Keeps Rolling

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 28, 2015.

It's an electric night here at HarborCenter as the fans have poured in to watch Team USA play Germany.

The Stars and Stripes soundly beat the Russians 6-1 last night in an Olympic rematch.  Tonight they are suffocating a German team struggling to  match USA's speed and offensive power.

Buffalo's Adam Page has a goal and two assists through two periods of play tonight in a 7-0 match.

The assembled throng couldn't be happier.

Keep rolling...

 


USA Off and Running at Ice Sledge Hockey Worlds - Route Russia 6-1 in Opener

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 27, 2015.

Buffalo's Harbor Center was filled with intensity and patriotism as Team USA took on Russia in their Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships opener. A sea of American flags waived in support of the home team as it took the ice against its familiar foe. The two teams had met just one year earlier in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic final.

In what was a thrilling rematch, team USA struck first when Brody Royal opened the scoring midway through the first period. Team USA would add two more goals early in the second before Russia’s Ilia Volkov finally pushed one past USA net minder Steve Cash. 

The third period was all Team USA as they added 3 goals to pad their lead. Their last two goals were scored on consecutive power play/ penalty killing efforts. 

The atmosphere inside the sold out Harbor Center was nothing short of electrifying. Fans were cheering “U-S-A,...(read more)


Opening Game of 2015 IPC Ice Sledge (Sled) Hockey World Championships

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 26, 2015.

The 2015 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championships are underway at HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York!

Norway is up on the Szech Republic by a score of 3 to 1 as the third period begins.  It has been a fast game with lots of end-to-end action.

The international fans are here and the building is energized.  The day will build to the formal opening ceremony later tonight just before USA squares off against the Russians - a rematch from the 2014 Olympic games where Team USA won Gold.

This is truly a world class event with the attention of the world watching the finest sled hockey players from around the globe compete for a world title.

It will be a great week!

Get your tickets while you can.

 

 

 


Photo Gallery - Team USA practices for the Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 25, 2015.

Check out this awesome gallery exposing what practice is like for team USA!

Team USA practices for 2015 Ice Sledge Hockey Championships


Buffalo News - Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships at a Glance

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 25, 2015.

Need a crash course on the 2015 Sledge Hockey World Championships? We've got it right here. Check out this comprehensive overview from the Buffalo News: 

 

http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/ipc-ice-sledge-hockey-world-championships-at-a-glance-20150423


Buffalo News - Sledge Hockey Expands its Audience

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 25, 2015.

"When Josh Sweeney was preparing for the Sochi Paralympics, he tried to explain sledge hockey to friends and acquaintances who just couldn’t quite grasp what he was doing.

“Do you play hockey in wheelchairs?” they asked.

Sweeney patiently explained the sport he fell in love with, the sport he excelled at and the opportunity he had to help Team USA to its second straight Paralympic gold medal.

Upon his return from Sochi, gold medal in hand, the interactions were different."

Read the entire article on the Buffalo News Website

 


Report From The Disabled Hockey Festival

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 11, 2015.

The 11th Annual Disabled Hockey Festival is underway at the Northtown Center in Buffalo, New York!

It is a wondrous sight to watch disabled athletes from all over the country assemble for three days of ice hockey competition at the largest disabled hockey festival ever held.  Over 70 teams and 1,000 athletes are celebrating ice hockey and the compelling camaraderie found at the Festival!

The Sled Hockey Foundation is here and hosted a reception last night for people interested in its important mission and the commencement of the Festival.  It was exciting to see so many people coming to support the athletes. 

It is inspiring to hear the excited voices of the hockey players as they move about the rink, going to or from games, thrilled by the immensity of the event and their part in it.   

This is awesome!

 


Update! - Disabled Hockey Festival Schedule Released

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 31, 2015.

In less than two weeks, The Norhtowns Center will host the 2015 Disabled Hockey Festival! Check out the schedule below! A lot of hockey to fit into a weekend!

 


US National Team Blanks Canada to Open Series

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 27, 2015.

In what is being treated as a warm up to the upcoming Paralympic Wold Championships in Buffalo, NY, the US National team got off to a great start against Canada in North Carolina. Check out the Full Story!

 


U.S. Nat'l Sled Hockey Team Hosts Canada This Weekend

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 24, 2015.

In the final tune up before the IPC World Championships in Buffalo, NY, the US National Sled Hockey team takes on Canada in a three day series in North Carolina. Check out the full story from USA Hockey.


Dozens Of People Overcome Obstacles Through Sled Hockey In Sioux Falls

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 17, 2015.

Check out this amazing article and video from KDLT news in Sioux Falls! Where many see obscacles, Sled Hockey provides opportunity.


Lockport Express Donates to the Sled Hockey Foundation

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 17, 2015.

The Lockport Express presented a check to Adam Page of the USA Hockey Sled Hockey Team during this past weekend's playoff action. We would like to send a sincere "Thank You" to our friends at the Lockport Express! 

Check out the video recap! 


The World is Coming to Buffalo!

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 14, 2015.

The great sport of hockey is growing in popularity as more disabled athletes discover and gain access to the sport.  Nothing has done more for the visibility of disabled hockey in America generally, and sled hockey especially, than the success of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team as they have won back-to-back Paralympic Gold Medals.

Buffalo, New York will become the epicenter of disabled hockey this spring as it hosts the 11th Annual Disabled Hockey Festival at the Northtown Center complex from April 9th through April 12th.  This event offers a tremendous opportunity for people with various disabilities to get on the ice and play hockey.

The Queen City will also host the Eighth International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships from April 24th through May 3rd (games start on the 26th) at the new HarborCenter.  This event will feature eight of the world's best...(read more)


Welcome!

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Feb 17, 2015.

Welcome to the official website of The Sled Hockey Foundation!

If this is your first time here, be sure to visit the links below for some key information and resources. On our blog, you'll find news updates like this along with posts from our gold winning athletes on their stories and game highlights. Check back often for new content and please reach out if you have any questions or feedback. See you on the ice!

 


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