BUFFALO, N.Y. April 2, 2015 – USA Hockey and the New York District are proud to welcome the 11th Annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival, April 9-12 at the Northtown Center at Amherst. The USA Disabled Hockey Festival is the largest disabled hockey event of its kind; over 71 teams and 1,000 athletes will participate from around the world.
The mission of the Disabled Hockey Festival is to provide a fun and exciting weekend of hockey as well as promote and grow disabled hockey throughout the country. The event is expected to generate 1,500 room nights at local hotels and $1 million for the local economy.
Additional games will be held at Cornerstone Ice Arena in Lockport. All games will be free to attend. There will be a vendor area with Official NHL Trophies on display, sports merchandise, autograph signings and other activities. A special Veteran’s game will be held on Saturday, April 11 at 10 a.m, and a blind hockey demonstration will follow later that day.
“We are so excited to have all these amazing athletes and their families here in Western New York,”
said Norm Page, USA Hockey National Sled Representative and President of The Sled Hockey Foundation. “We have always embraced these athletes and their inspiring stories. We are looking forward to hosting the largest Disabled Festival in its history.”
For more on the Disabled Hockey Festival, visit http://www.usahockey.com/2015DisabledHockeyFestival.
The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission is a subsidiary of Visit Buffalo Niagara that promotes Buffalo and Erie County nationally and internationally as a premier sports tourism destination for the economic benefit of the community by boosting hotel occupancy and encouraging visitor spending.
About the Sled Hockey Foundation: The mission of The Sled Hockey Foundation, Inc. is to provide the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to participate in the adaptive sport of sled hockey and, through this participation, develop the social, emotional and physical confidence necessary to become leaders in the community. https://www.sledhockeyfoundation.org/