Pasco County, Fla. – Week one of the 2019 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival has wrapped at AdventHealth Center Ice where athletes of all ages took to the ice to compete in blind, deaf/hard of hearing, special hockey, standing amputee and warrior division hockey.
This weekend (April 4-7) kicks off round two of this year’s festival, hosting sled hockey athletes from across the country. Teams will be divided into 10 divisions including USA Hockey Sled Hockey National Championship. Several members of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will take part in this weekend’s event.
USA Hockey is offering the chance to try sled hockey this Saturday, April 6 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at AdventHealth Center Ice.
2019 marks the first time the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival has been hosted in Florida in partnership with Florida’s Sport Coast and several other partners from across Tampa Bay including Tampa Bay Lightning, Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida and Experience Florida’s Sports Coast.
Don’t miss a shot! USA Hockey, in partnership with HockeyTV, will provide live streaming coverage of all games, including the Adult Sled Hockey National Championship.
More about USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival: Since the festivals start in 2005 the festival has grown from 24 team and close to 300 players to hosting 128 teams and nearly 1,700 players a record for festival attendance. The mission of the Festival is to provide a fun and exciting weekend of hockey in a grand event as well as promote and grow disabled hockey throughout the country. For more information on disabled hockey, click here.
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About Florida’s Sports Coast
Florida’s Sports Coast — the new and exciting identity for Visit Pasco — offers travelers the chance to score once-in-a-lifetime memories with thrilling athletic opportunity. Home to 742 square miles of rolling green hills, scenic coastlines, countless amateur sports venues and complexes, picturesque trails and rich culture, this active destination offers game-changing experiences for everyone to enjoy— all situated on the beloved Gulf of Mexico. Paying homage to its sports roots, the destination’s new tagline, “Let’s Play!,” celebrates the active traveler, adventurous family, avid angler and lively local in an approachable and spirited way. The sports-inspired lifestyle is celebrated in numerous aspects of today’s society and this motto is a promise to travelers that meaningful and epic activities can be found across this energetic destination. Most notably known for being home to the largest hockey complex in the Southeast US, which acted as the Olympic training center for the 2018 Women’s Hockey Team, the destination has redefined the recreational retreat and serves up endless fun for adventure seekers. With 35 area parks, vibrant nature trails, thrilling zip line courses, hot air balloon outings, nearby islands with four artificial reefs, year-round recreational fishing, paddleboard and kayak trails, the options for exploration are unlimited.