This weekend, from Friday March 24th to Sunday March 26th, the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament is taking place in Toronto. 10 ASRAB blind hockey players from across Alberta will be taking part in this event.
All of the tournament games will be broadcasted with live Play by Play and color commentating by AMI, Accessible Media Inc. You can watch them on your TV (Shaw or Telus, channel 888), or online at http://blindicehockey.com/
“We have seen tremendous growth over the past five years”, says Canadian Blind Hockey President, and Blind Hockey goalie, Gary Steeves. “At the inaugural 2013 tournament, we only had three teams represented. This year, we have players from nine different Blind Hockey programs across North America. We’ve had growth in every area; more teams, more total players, more female players, more US players. It’s incredibly encouraging as we push to grow the sport internationally on our quest for Paralympic inclusion”.
The schedule for when each team plays is as follows (MST):
2:30- 4:00 PM: Select game #1
4:15- 5:30 PM: Open game #1
5:45- 7:15 PM: Low Vision and Development- Game #1
11:30 AM- 1:00 PM- Select Game #2
1:15- 2:30 PM- Open Game #2
2:45- 4:00PM- Low Vision and Development Game #2
7:00- 8:15 AM- Low Vision and Development Game #3
8:30- 9:45 AM- Open Division Game #3
10:00 – 11:30 AM- Select Divison Game #3
Following are the list of all Alberta players, which teams they’re playing on, and where in Alberta they’re from.
Yellow- Kiefer Jones, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs
Black- Lorne Webber, Edmonton SeeHawks
Red- James Ruttle, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs & Lorne Webber, Edmonton SeeHawks
Yellow- Paul Schmold, Edmonton SeeHawks & Aaron Prevost, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs
Low Vision and Development Division:
Red- Ryan Kucy, Edmonton SeeHawks & Katherine Gauthier/ Blaine Deutscher, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs
Yellow- Zac Robinson/ Paul Schmold, Edmonton SeeHawks & Randy Cameron/ Aaron Prevost, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs