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 sled hockey teams from Canada, Russia, Norway, Japan, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, and the U.S.
The Sled Hockey Foundation encourages everyone to attend both of these Buffalo events and enjoy the growing appeal of hockey to athletes of any ability - or disability.