Sunday, March 22, 2015
Chilliwack sight impaired kid laces up at 8 Rinks in
preparation for fall tourney
Nick Beatty, Courage Canada
Chilliwack's Liam Bobicki had a chance
to skate with Canucks Alumni at 8 Rinks last week.
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
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
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
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
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