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 Incredible Inaugural Year!
We are extremely excited that the inaugural year of Team USA Blind Hockey Team has been so successful already! In just a few short months, Team USA has gone from tryouts in April, to a training camp in July, to the FIRST-EVER international competition in October. This tremendous growth wouldn't be possible without out an amazing level of support from our fans, friends and family!
The first-ever games of international blind hockey were played in Pittsburgh in October, as Team USA took on Canada in a 3 game series - check out some of the game action here: International Series Game 2
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 this first ever team. Our players and coaches have been putting it all on the ice to build this team so quickly, and after one series versus Canada, they are hungry to do battle again. This time, we'll be taking our talents north, as Team USA heads to Canada for the next international competition.
You can help us claim that glory! 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.
The sport of blind hockey has tripled in size since when it was first implemented at the USA Hockey Disabled Festival in 2016. With your contribution we can help continue to grow the sport of blind hockey across this great nation and as well the world! Blind hockey has shown tremendous momentum in all different parts of the country and we’re incredibly proud of our first Team USA for blind hockey.
Thank you in advance for your support!
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