Buffalo Stars U18 AA Defenseman Christian Buczek will represent Team USA at the 18th Winter Deaflympics to be held March 28-April 5 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Christian is one of only two players from New York. TJ Oricchio from Plattsburgh is the other New York Player. Christian was selected to play for Team USA by the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association at a tryout last summer. The team has a geographically diverse roster with players representing 12 different states.
Team USA won the Gold in 2007 at the Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, but was denied a chance to defend the gold when the 2011 games were canceled.
The team operates under the governance of the USA Deaf Sports Federation. To qualify for the games, an athlete must have a hearing loss of at least 55 db in the "better ear". Assistive devices, including hearing aids and cochlear implants are not allowed in competition, in order to assure that athletes are on an even playing field.
"We are very proud of Christian" said Stars President/GM Pete Preteroti. "He is a hard working player and a true team leader on our U18 squad" "Everyone on the team looks up to him" added U18 Head Coach Jerry Wheeler.
Participant countries will include: USA, Canada, Finland, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.
Information about the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association can be found at: www.ahiha.org
Information about the Deaflympics can be found at: www.2015deaflympics.org
11th Annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION SPECIAL PRICING EXPIRES DECEMBER 31st, 2014!!!
USA Hockey and the New York District are proud to welcome and invite you to the 11th Annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival to be held April 9-12, 2015 in Buffalo, New York.
For a LIMITED TIME we are accepting "Early Bird" registration, where the registration fee has been reduced to $350.00 per team. This registration will expire December 31, 2015 at which time the registration fee will go back to $500.00 per team.
The Festival takes place in different parts of the country each year. This year, the Festival will take place at the Northtown Center located at 1615 Amherst Manor Drive in Williamsville, New York which is adjacent to Buffalo, New York.
The mission of the Festival is to provide a fun and exciting weekend of hockey in a grand event as well as promote and grow disabled hockey throughout the country. The USA Disabled Hockey Festival is the largest disabled hockey event of its kind. It brings together all the disciplines: Special Hockey, Sled Hockey, Standing/Amputee, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
The Special Hockey Discipline will consist of three (3) levels (A, B, and C). The Festival Committee will work with each team to identify each teamsâ€™ skill level and to place each team at the appropriate level.
The Sled Hockey Discipline will have several divisions. The youth division will consist of three (3) levels (A, B, and C), depending on the number of teams that participate. The Festival Committee will work with each youth sled team to identify each teamsâ€™ skill level and to place each team at the appropriate level. The adult sled divisions will consist of four (4) levels of play: a single eight (8) team Adult Sled National Championship Division, a USA Open A Division, a USA Open B Division and a USA Open C Division. The eight (8) National Championship teams will be determined by the National Championship Committee. The Festival Committee will work with each of the remaining adult teams to identify each teamsâ€™ skill level and to place each team at the appropriate level â€” Adult Open A, Adult Open B or Adult Open C.
The Standing Amputee/Warrior Discipline will consist of teams made up of veterans and players with amputations that play upright hockey.
The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Discipline will compete in games during the Festival against local teams from the Buffalo area and will include an educational component for those typical hearing players.
Depending on the number of teams per division, some games may start at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015 with all games to conclude in the early afternoon on Sunday, April 12, 2015. On Friday evening, April 10, 2015 there will be a social for all participants and their familes and friends which will include Pin trading activities.
The cost to participate in the 2015 Disabled Festival will be $350 if your registration and payment is received by December 31, 2014and $500 if your registration and payment is received after that date. All entries must be received by February 14, 2015.
For more information and to download the registration form visit DisabledHockeyFestival.com or use the links below:
2015 Disabled Festival Invitation - tab below
2015 Disabled Festival Application - tab below
2015 Disabled Festival Host Hotels - tab below
The 2016 and 2017 Festival sites have been selected. See the tab below with the save the date information - tab below
Ice Warriors Documentary to play on TBS
Synopsis of film
A new, 90-minute portrait of the US Sled Hockey team preparing for and competing in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. Their personal stories are riveting, from a teenager making his debut to four military “wounded warriors,” proud to represent America in Paralympic sports.
ICE WARRIORS: Tough competition. Spiritual uplift.
Follow the tab below for more information.
(L-R) Kristy Vaugh, Bryan Genovese, Josh Pauls, Bryan Bloomquist, Keith Theis, and Skip Theis. Discuss disabled hockey with members attending the NYSAHA Annual Meeting in Uniondale on May 31st. The panel shared stories and experiences with administrators from across the State.
Disabled Hockey Panel discussion at NYS Annual Meeting
Phone: (585) 766-2758
A message from Laurie,
I am your District Representative to the USA Hockey Disabled Section. I will serve as the first point of contact for all disabled related inquiries within the NY District. Please utilize me as your resource to improve disabled programming and introduce otherwise abled new players to the game of hockey. I may not be able to answer all your questions or needs but can find the person or persons who can!
Some things to keep in mind as the season starts:
1. Registration: Please be sure to register your disabled teams by discipline (Special, Sled, Amputee, Hearing Impaired). This can be done online. Please remind all of your disabled players and teams, but make sure they are aware of all District/Affiliate requirements in addition to those of USA Hockey.
2. USAH website: This is the main communication vehicle for all members, including disabled players. Please do submit any items of interest or information you wish to disburse to me and I will get it on the website.
I am looking forward to a pro-active role and would like to become familiar with the individuals and activities within NY, so p lease let me know if you would like me to attend any meetings to discuss the opportunities for those with disabilities to join the great game of hockey. I look forward to meeting you and your members.
All the Best,
See the video below about the Long Island RoughRiders Sled Hockey.
Below is a document explaining USA Hockey's Disabled Hockey program and the benefits of the programs.
NYSAHA will be providing grants to new disabled programs to help with challenges of starting new progams. Grant applications can be downloaded in the link below. Please fill in the application completely and send to Laurie Kennedy. Requests will be reviewed at the NYSAHA Board of Directors meeting following the submission date. The application is posted above.
Programs must be new (in first or second season).
$1500 is the maximum grant.
Must be accompanied by proof of non-profit status and a letter from your section VP stating your association is in good standing.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the application, please contact Laurie Kennedy.