|Week-long event to celebrate the disabled hockey community|
|COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Toyota-USA Hockey Virtual Disabled Hockey Festival begins Monday (April 12), and runs through April 17. The week-long celebration will highlight one of USA Hockey’s six disabled hockey disciplines each day.|
The event will feature a roundtable discussion, USA Hockey and the Greater Paralympic Movement, at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 15. The panel will be hosted by NHL Network’s E.J. Hradek and include J.J. O’Connor, chair of the disabled section for USA Hockey, Taylor Lipsett, two-time Paralympic gold medalist, Glenn Merry, executive director at Move United, and Russ Koble, senior manager for Olympic and Paralympic Marketing at Toyota.
“Toyota is excited to once again partner with USA Hockey on the Virtual Disabled Hockey Festival,” said Dedra DeLilli, group manager, sponsorship, integration, & auto shows, Toyota Motor North America. “The past year has been nothing short of challenging but we’re grateful that event organizers have been able to adapt to the ever-changing competition landscape and still find a way to support the disabled hockey community.
“We look forward to an engaging virtual experience for fans as we all celebrate the amazing talent that these athletes bring to the ice.”
In addition, USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program will be conducting a two-day Disabled Hockey Coaching Clinic from April 12-13 as part of the virtual festival.
Schedule of Events: Mon., April 12 – Blind Hockey; Disabled Hockey Coaching Clinic – Day 1
Tues., April 13 – Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey; Disabled Hockey Coaching Clinic – Day 2
Wed., April. 14 – Sled Hockey
Thur., April 15 – Special Hockey; Roundtable: USA Hockey and the Greater Paralympic Movement
Fri., April 16 – Standing Amputee Hockey
Sat., April 17 – Warrior Hockey
For more information on the Toyota-USA Hockey Virtual Disabled Hockey Festival click here.The largest event of its kind, the Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival takes place in a different parts of the country each year and brings together all six Disabled Hockey disciplines, spanning over two weekends.
NOTES: The 2022 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival will be staged April 7-10 and April 21-24 in Pittsburgh, while the 2023 event will be hosted in St. Louis, Missouri … For the most up-to-date news on USA Hockey’s disabled hockey program, including information about all six disciplines of the sport, click here.