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 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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