What do you love most about blind hockey?
"I love hearing a blind kid talk to their parents after they get off the ice for the first time, when they realize hockey is a possibility for them. We play to put pucks in the net, sure – but it’s more important to put feet in skates. "
How has your life with hockey led you to Team USA?
"Finding my way to team USA reminds me that anything is possible. I didn't know how to even ice skate 4 years ago, and I took up hockey after my eye doctor laughed at me when I told him I thought it would be cool. I didnt even know what blind hockey was and learned to play against sighted people, then found our sport. I hope that me making Team USA, as someone who learned the sport this late in life, will help other people realize what amazing possibilities our sport provides. "
What does being a member of Team USA mean to you?
"Being a member of Team USA means an opportunity to continue to serve. I was a Captain in the Air Force before I lost eyesight, and when I raised my right hand to be commissioned as an officer I considered that a commitment to a lifetime of service to others. Getting the chance to wear our nation's uniform again in a different form reminds me that there are many ways to serve. I hope that my story cam help other blind people break through barriers and attack life with a purpose."
Who is your favorite team or favorite player?
Colorado Avalanche and Jeremy Roenick
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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