How has life with hockey has led me to Team USA?
"Because this team has allowed me to experience a community of athletes that have been brought together by the same disability and love for hockey, but we all have such diverse backgrounds. I have learned so much from each and every one of my teammates and it has been an incredible experience."
What does Blind Hockey mean to you?
"Blind Hockey means opportunity to me. It's something that has granted me the chance to be part of something truly special and to prove to others that what may be seen as a challenge can also be seen as a chance to do do something really incredible. Whether it be on or off the ice, when I get to talk to others about the sport, it always fascinates them. That's why its so special; because it is unusual."
What does being a member of Team USA mean to you?
"Being a member of Team USA is incredible because it allows me to be a front runner in showcasing the adversity of people with visual impairments. I am a beacon to anyone and everyone that hockey is for everyone."
Who is your favorite team or favorite player?
"My favorite hockey team is the Chicago Blackhawks, and my favorite player is their current goaltender, Corey Crawford."
Who is your hockey hero in your life?
"A hockey hero in my life is Team USA's very own Anthony Chesrow. He has become like another brother to me on and off the ice, and he has taught me many new skills. Anthony is someone who is special to me because he is fearless. He will always stick up for a line mate and defend them, but he also knows how to play the game with a great deal of class which makes him a special addition to Team USA."
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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