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This weekend, USA Hockey hosted the 2017 Disabled Hockey Festival in San Jose. Over 60 teams in ten divisions competed over four days of competition. BORP’s youth team, the Sharks Sled Hockey team faced off in the Youth – C Division in their first formal competition of this kind. The kids started with a 6-1 victory over San Diego to set the tone for the tournament. Garnett Silver-Hall used his speed on both ends of the ice to control the tempo, scoring his first hat trick (3 goals) in his young career. Eyan Gilder played great in goal and only allowed a fluke goal when he tried to clear the puck and it hit his own sled and banked in.
BORP Youth Sled Hockey Team Featured on Fox 2:
About the Program
Through a partnership with Oakland Ice Center, BORP has created the only ongoing Sled Hockey Program in Northern California. Supported by grants from the Kristi Yamaguchi Always Dream Foundation and the National Hockey League’s Player’s Association, along with funding provided by the Guns ‘n’ Hoses Charity Hockey Game, we are able to provide custom sleds and equipment that allow kids with physical disabilities the opportunity to experience the sport of Ice Hockey.
The program is growing and has started competing against other teams in California. We provide protective equipment for those that need it, and we have sleds to accommodate almost anyone.
The team practices on Fridays from 6:00-7:00 pm* at Oakland Ice Center (518 18th Street, Oakland, CA)
*call Youth Sports Coordinator Trooper Johnson at (510) 849-4663 x 1305 or email email@example.com for exact times and locations as they are subject to change on short notice.
About Sled Hockey
A player sits in a hockey sled, which consists of a seat, rails, a foot platform, and skate blades mounted on the bottom of the sled. To move around, the player uses modified hockey sticks, having a much different curve to accommodate being lower to the ice, and stainless steel picks on the ends to allow for pushing yourself.
By using the back end of the sticks, players can easily move themselves around the ice, and quickly switch the sticks to handle the puck.
We have special adaptations for sleds to accommodate people with more limiting disabilities to give them more stability on the ice.
For more information, or to register your child to play sled hockey with BORP, please contact Youth Sports Coordinator Trooper Johnson: (510) 407-0014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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