Sunday, March 22, 2015


Blind Ambition  

Chilliwack sight impaired kid laces up at 8 Rinks in preparation for fall tourney

By Nick Beatty, Courage Canada


Chilliwack's Liam Bobicki had a chance to skate with Canucks Alumni at 8 Rinks last week.


ourage Canada Hockey for the Blind teamed up with the Vancouver Canucks Alumni (BC Hockey Benevolent Association) to showcase the rapidly growing parasport of Blind Hockey at Burnaby 8 Rinks last Wednesday. 


The event was be a dream come true for many of the members of Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team who grew up idolizing the Canucks, and who will now have the opportunity to compete in a game alongside their hockey heroes.

The game featured 15 Blind Hockey players who were divided among the two teams and had the unique opportunity to show their game to teammates from the Vancouver Canucks Alumni who experienced the sport for the first time as they played along. Canuck favorites included Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Jyrki Lumme and of course more!

The Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey consists of players from BC communities including Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Richmond, Langley, Maple Ridge, and Abbotsford. They were be joined by graduates of this past summer’s Courage Canada National Youth Blind Hockey Camp who will be coming from Chilliwack, Campbell River, Victoria, and Kelowna.

Along with players were Courage Canada Founder and President Mark DeMontis, Vancouver Eclipse Founder and Courage Canada Vice-President Gary Steeves.

In order to meet the demand for programming in the rapidly growing sport of Blind Hockey in Western Canada, Courage Canada announced the founding of the Western Blind Hockey Tournament, set to take place this fall in Metro Vancouver.

Courage Canada programs in BC are supported by presenting partner AMI – Accessible Media Inc., national program partner the CNIB - Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and provincial partner BC Blind Sports.

About Courage Canada
Courage Canada Hockey for the Blind is a national registered charity that leads the development of the sport of Blind Hockey and provides children and youth with the opportunity to learn to skate and try Blind Hockey. Courage Canada youth programs have positively impacted the lives of over 500 students across eight provinces and territories. Read more about the organization at

About AMI – Accessible Media Inc.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians. To learn more visit and

About CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. Read more about the organization at


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