Nickname: Blind Fury
What does blind hockey mean to you?
"Blind hockey allows me to enjoy and play competitively my favorite sport. It allows me to play on a competitive team with others who are passionate about the sport of hockey. It allows us to not only encourage one another on the eyes, but give each other hope and a positive outlook on the future of a life with blindness. It was always my dream to be a professional hockey player. I played hockey from age 6 to 15. At this point the game was moving too fast and I was no longer able to play competitively. I thought my dreams of playing hockey were over. Blind hockey has given me my dreams back."
What does being a member of Team USA mean to you?
"This is a dream come true. I feel as if I surpassed my dream of being a professional hockey player and I’ve been granted the honor of representing my country playing the sport I love."
Favorite hockey player/Team
"Steve YzerMan, Detroit Red Wings"
Who is your hockey hero in your life?
"My mama. She told me when we found out that I was blind it would never be an excuse not to do something. She always encouraged me to be involved in athletics. At age 6 she encourage me and push me to play ice hockey. She was at every practice and every game encouraging me and pushing me to be the best that I could be, never focusing on the fact that I could never see the puck but always focusing on the skills I had. She lost her voice almost every weekend yelling to me where the puck was."
"Throughout my childhood, she drove me all over Colorado to play hockey, and as an adult when the opportunity came to play for Team USA, she drove over an hour at 4 o’clock in the morning to come pick me up to drive me half an hour to hockey practice. She would watch me and take notes on what I needed to improve on, and then drive me to work. She has always been my number one fan and supporter."
Help Support USA Blind Hockey’s Journey to the Paralympics.
Fresh off an exciting inaugural year, Team USA Blind Hockey Team is skating right into a brand new season! In just a year, Team USA has gone from tryouts full-fledged international team. Following our training camp last year, Team USA faced off against Canada in the FIRST-EVER international competition. After that series in Pittsburgh in October, Team USA ventured north of the border to take on Canada in Toronto.
This tremendous growth wouldn't be possible without out an amazing level of support from our fans, friends and family!
As we continue to build up the sport of blind hockey in the United States, we need YOUR help to reach our fundraising goal for operating expenses for the team. Our players and coaches have been putting it all on the ice to build this team so quickly, and after one round of competitive play against Canada, they are hungry to do battle again.
Your support will give these blind hockey athletes the opportunity to participate and compete in these events. All donations will go directly to the team to help with player transportation, equipment, custom blind hockey pucks, and all the other costs of starting a brand-new team. Let’s help these athletes flourish, and show them that they have our support as we grow the sport of Blind Hockey.
The sport of blind hockey has tripled in size since when it was first implemented at the USA Hockey Disabled Festival in 2016 and we’re incredibly proud of our first Team USA for blind hockey.
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|Doris Donley - GM Team Operations||1||$20|
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