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 had the chance to experience sled hockey. Cornerstone Arena is one of the nine sled accessible rinks in Western New York. At both events, two-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, Adam Page, was present to talk and skate with participants. His 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi gold medals were on display, and Sled Hockey Foundation board members were on hand to answer questions and assist people getting on the ice.
The SHF’s Board of Directors would like to thank Tim Bulmer, Executive Director at Cornerstone Arena and Todd Clark, Canalside Buffalo Senior Event Manager for all their work in helping to put these events together. Special thanks to the Page family and to Darren Zyra of the Rochester Sled Hockey program for providing the sled hockey gear.