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.
“The Sled Hockey Foundation is honored to be working with the Wounded Warrior Project and supporting wounded veterans in their efforts to recover from service-related injuries,” said Steve Wischmann, the SHF’s Acting Executive Director, and a 29-year military veteran.
Carmelo Hernandez and Greg Hancock, both combat stress recovery specialists with the Wounded Warrior Project, were again happy to be back in the Buffalo area working with the SHF to provide new recreational challenges to the participating veterans. They look forward to another sled hockey event in July.
Wounded Warrior participants celebrating a good time on the ice
Wounded Warrior participants learning some sled hockey basics
Wounded Warrior participants meet three-time Paralympic gold medalist, Adam Page
Wounded Warrior participants practicing shooting and passing
Teamwork and camaraderie on display as Wounded Warrior participants hone their sled hockey skills