The Sled Hockey Foundation on Sep 24, 2018.
The New York State Fair, in Syracuse, New York is an annual celebration of community, summer fun, and amusing delights. This year was no exception and it included The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) and a terrific Just Try It sled hockey event on August 30th, Armed Forces Day at the Fair.
The SHF conducted the sled hockey event in the new Exposition Center where a clean sheet of ice on the enclosed hockey rink supported over 100 participants in just two hours. Adam Page, the SHF founder, and three-time Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medalist with Team USA, greeted fans and took to the ice to skate with everyone. It was a truly fantastic day that saw the most participants of any previous Just Try It event conducted by the SHF – while the Fair also enjoyed record attendance this year.
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The Sled Hockey Foundation on Aug 14, 2018.
The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) teamed up in July for a special evening of wheelchair lacrosse for a group of women warriors at RiverWorks in Buffalo, NY. The SHF’s founder and inspiration, Adam Page, has not only won three Paralympic gold medals with Team USA but has also started a wheelchair lacrosse team – the Buffalo Bandits.
Adam’s Bandits are sponsored by the professional lacrosse team of the same name. Since 2016, the wheelchair lacrosse team has been growing and solidifying its roster and working to provide great recreational fitness for Adam and other sled hockey players during the off-season summer months.
The growing relationship between the SHF and the WWP made a perfect fit to offer a wheelchair lacrosse experience for the women warriors. After getting settled into...(read more)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Jun 22, 2018.
Holden Miller wanted to take advantage of ice time that was sponsored by The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) at Cornerstone Arena, in Lockport, NY, on Father’s Day. His father, Peter, and mother Kristen were happy to oblige, and they ended up having a very unique opportunity – Holden skated one-on-one with 3-time Paralympic sled hockey Gold Medalist Adam Page!
For nearly ninety minutes, Holden and Adam passed the puck around, shot on net, and had a great time getting Holden increasingly comfortable in the sled hockey gear. Holden has both hearing loss, and a mobility disability that prevents him from skating upright; however, his boundless energy and love of sports compelled his mom and dad to find a sport for him to play and sled hockey is it! The family has attended the three spring ice times at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport that have been part of...(read more)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Jun 14, 2018.
Three-time Paralympic gold medalist, Adam Page, skating with a young Stone's Buddies Just Try It participant
The energy and excitement were contagious at Northtown Center on Monday evening, June 11th as several children with various disabilities took the ice in sled hockey sleds for the first time. The Just Try It event was part of The Sled Hockey Foundation’s (SHF) partnership with Children’s Hospital, and the Stone’s Buddies program, to offer the great recreational and therapeutic sport of sled hockey to their patient community.
"This is so great – I can’t believe how wonderful this is for these kids and their families!", exclaimed Nicole Dayka, the Interim Director of the Stone’s Buddies program.
The SHF provided the sled hockey sleds, sticks, hockey helmets, gloves, and technical support. The families just...(read more)
Adam Page on Jun 12, 2018.
The time spent at St Mark’s Elementary School was great! It was nice to see all the kids and especially Owen Gray. The event highlighted the student’s heroes – and each student dressed like their idol. I was honored that Owen chose me as his hero – wow, that was an honor!
Owen had made a sled hockey sled out of curtain wires and cardboard. Each student was made-up like a wax figure of their idol. You would go up to each kid and they had a short speech about who they were. It was really cool to see Owen playing me! I had a lot of fun seeing the other kids and getting to meet Owen and see his hard work.
The Sled Hockey Foundation on May 25, 2018.
Adam Page helping guide Just Try It participants as they learn the basics of sled hockey
The turnout was tremendous at yet another sled hockey event at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport! The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) conducted another two-hour Just Try It event on Sunday, May 20th and again enjoyed having Adam Page, a three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist in sled hockey with the U.S. Men’s National Team, present on the ice to skate with over 25 participants.
“We love seeing this kind of turnout here – this shows us that we will be successful building a sled hockey program in Lockport,” said Norm Page, the President of the SHF’s board of directors. He added, “We have great partners in Cornerstone Arena and generous support from the Grigg Lewis Foundation, and all of our donors.”
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The Sled Hockey Foundation on May 23, 2018.
The play was raucous and physical as The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) helped a group of wounded warriors experience sled hockey at Northtown Center on Saturday, May 19th. For each of the nine veterans the experience was new, even though a few had skated in their youth.
After a few warmup drills, and getting used to the gear, the wounded warriors split into two teams and proceeded to play a very spirited game of sled hockey – holding very little back. There was blood, sweat, and cheers throughout the game.
The veterans were in Buffalo as part of the Wounded Warrior Project’s (WWP) ongoing Project Odyssey adventures with groups of wounded veterans. The growing association between the SHF and the WWP is providing a unique recreational challenge and therapy to veterans coping with various injuries.
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The Sled Hockey Foundation on May 02, 2018.
The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF), in collaboration with the Cornerstone Arena located in Lockport, NY, held a Just Try It event on Sunday, April 29th. Three-time sled hockey gold medalist Adam Page was on hand fresh off team USA’s latest gold medal victory at the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Participants of the event were able to try sled hockey, many for the first time, as well as learn the different aspects of the game from Adam himself. Adam was also on hand after the event to sign autographs and discuss team USA’s amazing Paralympic journey from his point of view.
“It’s been a great year – unbelievable to win three straight Paralympic Gold Medals! I like sharing that experience with people in the area who want to see sled hockey grow,” commented Adam after the event.
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The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 24, 2018.
For the third time in three months The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project to conduct a terrific sled hockey event on Saturday, April 14th at Northtown Center.
The participating wounded warriors and their spouses enjoyed the recreational and therapeutic benefits of trying sled hockey. The two-hour event included a variety of partner-based skills challenges, as well as plenty of time to just enjoy the ice.
Greg Hancock and Allan O’Keefe, both combat stress recovery specialists, were excited to be back in the Buffalo area to work with the veterans and put on a terrific week of activities for the participants.
Greg stated, “Many of these guys came to this rink tonight uncertain about what they would experience but all of them, and their wives, have had a great time – it’s been special.”
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The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 26, 2018.
The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project for a second time in two months to conduct a Just Try It event for eight wounded warriors and their wives on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at HarborCenter.
This two-hour event was planned by Allan O’Keefe, a combat stress recovery specialist, with an emphasis on promoting and exercising the unique partnerships that exist between a wounded veteran and their spouse, the primary care giver. A series of activities were conducted on the ice to both challenge the couples, but also to provide a unique way to simply enjoy each other in a new setting.
Norm Page, SHF Board President, and Steve Wischmann, the SHF’s Acting Executive Director, were on the ice to assist and to ensure that all the participants were comfortable in their sleds and gear. The event went without a hitch and...(read more)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 15, 2018.
The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) conducted its last Canalside Just Try It event for the winter season on Sunday, March 4th – and what a great day it was!
With the sun shining, temperatures in the low 30s, and lots of people out to savor downtown Buffalo and Canalside, over 50 people enjoyed getting in a sled hockey sled and moving the pucks around. Young and old met the challenge of sled hockey and had a great time!
Steve Wischmann, Acting Executive Director of the SHF commented, “What a terrific way to hold our last Canalside event for this season. The weather was perfect, and we saw so many people excited about getting to know this great sport.”
While Adam Page, two-time U.S. Paralympian Gold Medalist in sled hockey, was heading to South Korea for the 2018 Paralympic games – and a run at an unprecedented 3rd consecutive...(read more)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 14, 2018.
The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF), in collaboration with the Cornerstone Arena located in Lockport, NY, held a Just Try It event on Saturday, March 3rd. This event was in conjunction with USA Hockey’s Hockey Weekend Across America over that entire weekend.
Dozens of people came to learn and enjoy sled hockey. Participants were able to try sled hockey equipment and get a feel for how the game is conducted on the ice. People of all ages were able to get into their own individual sleds and experience how these amazing sled hockey athletes can play the sport they love, no matter what physical challenges they may face.
In addition, USA hockey gloves and hats were available to get everyone ready for the 2018 Paralympic Games being held this week in PyeongChang, South Korea. Our USA Men’s Paralympic sled hockey team,...(read more)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Mar 07, 2018.
The 2018 Paralympic games kick off this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea! The puck drops for the first US sled hockey match on Sunday March 11th. Check back here and on Sled Hockey Foundation socials for game updates, highlights, scores, and recaps. Join us for a live viewing event of the gold medal match in Buffalo, New York on March 17th. More details can be found here, with more info coming soon.
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Feb 09, 2018.
The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF), in collaboration with the Seneca Nations’ Cattaraugus Community Center (CCC), and Buffalo Sabres organization, conducted the first-ever Just Try It and Hockey Day event at the CCC on Friday, February 2nd.
The event was to raise awareness of stand-up and sled hockey and its availability to the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities. Buffalo Sabres’ players, Jordan Nolan (current) and Cody McCormick (former) participated, along with Adam Page, a 2-time Paralympic sled hockey gold medalist with Team USA. All three met with participants, signed autographs, and took to the ice and skated.
Over 100 people came to the event with nearly 50 participants getting on the ice and enjoying skating with Jordan, Cody, and Adam – including some people getting on to sled hockey sleds and trying...(read more)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Jan 02, 2018.
Yesterday, during the New Years day NHL Winter Classic, the official rosters were announced for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic hockey teams. Meet your 2018 Team USA Sled Hockey Team below!
|3||Ralph DeQuebec||D||5-10 (178)||185 (84)||3/24/83||San Pedro, Calif.||Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey|
|4||Brody Roybal||F||3-1 (94)||120 (54)||5/25/98||Northlake, Ill.||Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey|
|5||Billy Hanning||D||5-10 (178)||160 (73)||4/18/85||Festus, Mo.||Disabled Athlete Sports Association St. Louis Blues|
|8||Jack Wallace||F||6-4 (193)||210 (95)||6/24/98||Franklin Lakes, N.J.||NJ Freeze|
|9||Travis Dodson||F||4-0 (122)||150 (68)||2/14/85||Deming, N.M.||Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey|
|11||Tyler Carron||D||6-0 (183)||165 (75)...(read more)|
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Jan 02, 2018.
Santa Clause giving sled hockey a try with some fellow guests at Canalside
The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) was visited by a seasonal celebrity – Santa Claus – at the Just Try It event at Canalside on Sunday, December 17th!
Canalside again proved to be a terrific site for a Just Try It event with holiday music playing in the background and dozens of people out to enjoy the cold, but comfortable, winter season. Old St. Nick was in downtown Buffalo before needing to prepare for his big night. Santa got in a sled and had a great time skating with several participating kids and adults.
Again, these events are a great way to introduce the sport of sled hockey to a growing audience by getting anyone in a sled who is interested. As we know, most people who try the sport comment on the significant challenges of navigating the ice in...(read more)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 07, 2017.
Just Try It in full effect at Canalside with SHF members and guests on the ice
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 on Dec 06, 2017.
SHF 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)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Oct 30, 2017.
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.
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The Sled Hockey Foundation on Oct 25, 2017.
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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)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Jul 24, 2017.
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)
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 24, 2017.
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 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 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)
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!
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 24, 2015.
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.
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
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!
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)
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 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
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.
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.
The Sled Hockey Foundation on Apr 25, 2015.
Check out this awesome gallery exposing what practice is like for team USA!
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:
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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)
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!