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CANADIAN BLIND HOCKEY SERIES COMING TO HALIFAX LATER THIS MONTH
May. 14, 2019

Please find below an announcement from the Canadian Blind Hockey Association:

CANADIAN BLIND HOCKEY SERIES COMING TO HALIFAX MAY 24 - 26

 

First-Ever Blind Hockey Tournament in Atlantic Canada will showcase the fast-growing parasport of Blind Hockey during the final weekend of the Memorial Cup


The Memorial Cup may be the toughest hockey trophy to win, and Blind Hockey might be the toughest type of hockey to play – both will be celebrated in Halifax later this month.  

During the weekend of May 24 – 26, the CHL Memorial Cup will be awarded to the best junior hockey team in the country, and Canadian Blind Hockey will showcase its fast-growing parasport by hosting the first Blind Hockey tournament to ever take place in Atlantic Canada. 

The Halifax Blind Hockey Series will be a two team, best-two-out-of-three series, with all games taking place at the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth.  All games are free to attend, are open to the public, and will feature some of the top Blind Hockey players on the planet. 

  

The parasport of Blind Hockey is currently played across Canada and the United States by athletes who are blind or partially sighted, which is defined as having approximately 10% vision or less.  The sport is extremely similar to traditional ice hockey, with the biggest difference being that the players use an adapted puck that makes noise and is larger than a traditional puck.  Typically, athletes with the most vision play forward, athletes with less vision play defence, and athletes with no vision at all play defence or goal: by rule all goaltenders must be completely blind. 

The Halifax Blind Hockey Series is presented by AMI – Accessible Media Inc. and brought to you by the CNIB Foundation.  The event is being held in partnership with the local Nova Scotia See-Kings Blind Hockey program that just completed its second season. 

The event will include players from the Vancouver Eclipse, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, Toronto Ice Owls, Hiboux de Montreal, Newfoundland Eye-landers, and Halifax See Kings, as well as several members of the 2018 Canadian National Blind Hockey Team.  

In addition to the on-ice action, Canadian Blind Hockey will be hosting an interactive exhibition at the Fan Fest as part of the 2019 Memorial Cup to help grow awareness of the parasport. 

Canadian Blind Hockey is seeking volunteers, sponsors, and spectators to ensure a spectacular event.  For more information please contact Matt Morrow, Executive Director, Canadian Blind Hockey at mattmorrow@blindicehockey.com

2019 HALIFAX CANADIAN BLIND HOCKEY SERIES SCHEDULE:


FRIDAY, MAY 24

Game 1: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 25

Game 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 26 

Game 3: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

LOCATION: DARTMOUTH SPORTSPLEX (
110 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, N.S.)

Canadian Blind Hockey is a national registered charity that changes the lives of children, youth, and adults who are blind or partially sighted through learn to skate and “Try Blind Hockey” programs; by hosting local, regional, and national competitions; by supporting the seven Canadian Blind Hockey teams; and by organizing the Canadian National Blind Hockey Team program.

For more information, please visit www.canadianblindhockey.com.




 
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