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 see so many athletes participate and have so many supporters present to see the on-ice action.
Darren Zyra, Director of Rochester Sled Hockey, conducted a “Try It” sled hockey event in concert with Anita O’Brien, Executive Director of Rochester Adaptive Adventures on Saturday, March 25th at Genesee Valley Sports Complex. The over two-hour event was a huge success with nearly 60 participants, including 10 players with disabilities on the ice, 5 of whom were there for the first time. They all enthusiastically expressed interest in coming back to do it again!
Darren was pleased with the event, stating, “I am very happy for the turnout and look forward to doing this again soon – people love it!”
The Sled Hockey Foundation was also very happy to participate and support this tremendous outreach to the community and promotion of the great adaptive sport of sled hockey.