Feature Story                                                       Friday, Nov 18, 2016


Seeing is Believing

First-ever blind hockey tournament Langley Sportsplex November 19-20

Nick Beatty/Voice file photos


A blind youngster has a blast learning how to skate at Prospera Center in November 2013.


anadian Blind Hockey is bringing the inaugural Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament, the first of its kind in Western Canada, to the Langley Sportsplex this Saturday, Nov 19 and Sunday, Nov 20.


The event will showcase the fast growing parasport of Blind Hockey at its best, with a three game series that is 100% free to come watch.


The tournament will feature the hometown Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey team which is made up of players from across the lower mainland, including players from Langley, Vancouver, New Westminster, Richmond, Burnaby, Port Moody, North Vancouver, and Abbotsford. Coming to town for the event will be players from the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, Edmonton SeeHawks, Toronto Ice Owls, les Hiboux de Montreal, and Washington Wheelers Blind Hockey teams.


These blind hockey players gave it their best to an empty rink in November 2013. So come out and cheer them on this weekend.


Blind Hockey is played by athletes whose level of vision ranges from legally blind, 10% vision or less, to completely blind. The sport uses an adapted puck that makes noise and is both bigger and slower than a traditional puck.


In addition to Canadian Blind Hockey, presenting partner AM Accessible Media Inc. and national program partner CNIB Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the event is made possible by local hosts BC Blind Sports, as well as a Hosting BC grant from the Province of BC through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered by viaSport British Columbia.


The event features Blind Hockey players from the lower mainland including Langley, as well as players from across Canada. Puck drop is just after 12PM, Saturday, Nov 19.



Langley Sportsplex Rink # 3 - 20165 91A Ave., Langley, BC


12:15 pm 1:45 pm: Game # 1

3:45 pm 5:15 pm: Learn to Skate & Try Blind Hockey session
5:30 pm 7:00 pm: Game # 2

10:15 am 11:45 am: Game # 3





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