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2015 Disabled Hockey Workshop in Boston on October 2-4, 2015


USA Hockey is proud to announce that the 2015 Disabled Hockey Workshop will be October 2-4 in Boston, Mass. New and existing program administrators from around the country will come together for a weekend of educational sessions and networking. The best part is that the workhsop is FREE! Participants will be responsible for transportation and hotel cost, but the actual educational sessions will be covered by the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Section. 

This year we will again be offering individual sessions for attendees to choose from. Many of hte sessions will be offered multiple times so you can get to the ones you want. Some of the tentative sessions include:

  • Try Hockey Events / Clinics
  • Framework of a Program
  • Effective Communication
  • Supporting Your Program: Volunteers
  • Supporting Your program: Fundraising
  • Promoting Your Program: Public Speaking
  • The Rink: building a relationship with your home rink
  • The Doctor is in: Office Hours with Dr. Laura Dunn

The workshop will begin at noon on Friday, Oct. 2, and will conclude at noon on Sunday, October 4. In addition, there will be a dinner with keynote speaker on Saturday evening. 

The workhsop will be held at the Matthews Arena on the Northeastern Campus. USA Hockey will securing a room block at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. You will contact the hotel directly to reserver your room under that block. You are NOT required to stay at that hotel and may stay at any hotel you prefer. 

Finally, we will be offering a Disabled Hockey Coaching Clinic on Sunday, Oct. 4, From 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This coaching clinic will also be held at the Matthews Arena. In order for the coaching clinic to take place there must be at least 10 coaches registered by Sept. 11th, otherwise the clinic will be canceled. Be sure to register for the coaching clinic early if you plan on attending.

For more information or questions, contact Jeremy Kennedy at 719.538.1117 or

To Register for the Disabled Hockey Workshop, click here


2nd Annual Blind Ice Hockey Summit

Hi everyone,
Courage USA is excited to announce its 2nd annual Blind Ice Hockey Summit! This event will take place on October 24 and 25, so mark your calendars! 
We've got 34 roster spots available and are hoping to fill 17 of them with American players. Ice times will be released toward the end of August and hotel information and pricing will be released ASAP.
We're super excited about this event and hope to see you all there! 
Courage USA, Blind Ice Hockey
Stay connected with Courage USA, Blind Ice Hockey, to keep up with everything in the world of Blind Ice Hockey.
Courage USA, Blind Ice Hockey, exists to provide blind and visually impaired communities across the country with the opportunity to learn and play the sport of Blind Ice Hockey.

2015 Sled Nomination Letter

Below is the 2015 USA Hockey Sled Select Camp nomination letter and form.  It has already emailed to the coaches of the festival teams.  It will be sent to all registered sled hockey coaches later this week.  Please feel free to pass along as necessary. 

Rochester Ice Cats Special hockey skates with the pros.

The Rochester Ice Cats Special Hockey skates with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

Ice Warriors

Ice Warriors Documentary to play on TBS

Ice Warriors Synopsis

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.

Laurie Kennedy

Phone: (585) 766-2758

Updated 6/11/14

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,

Laurie Kennedy

Long Island RoughRiders

See the video below about the Long Island RoughRiders Sled Hockey. 

USA Hockey and Disabled Hockey

Below is a document explaining USA Hockey's Disabled Hockey program and the benefits of the programs.

Grants For New Disabled Hockey 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.

General guidelines: 
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.


Follow the link to see a great piece on a sled hockey clinic for Veterans: LINK