The Chicago Blackhawks Warrior ice hockey program was founded in 2015 in conjunction with USA Disabled hockey to give our injured military members and veterans an opportunity to play hockey in an environment that suited their needs. The program trains them in the skills needed to use hockey as a rehabilitation tool to overcome physical and mental disabilities sustained in their service to our nation.
Our mission is to provide highly intense skill-oriented camps for local youth hockey players using top-notch coaches. The Blackhawks are committed to increasing participation and raising the platform for amateur hockey players in the Midwest.
The Blackhawks give qualifying amateur hockey teams the opportunity to experience being a pro for a day. Teams get the chance to play a game at the United Center prior to attending a home game that night. Highlights from their game are played on the jumbotron for the fans to enjoy during intermission.
The Chicago Blackhawks are excited to announce the launch of the Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program this spring! Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. The Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding.
The Blackhawks and Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) announced a partnership that will ensure that the two groups will continue to support youth hockey in the greater Chicago area. The NIHL is the largest youth hockey league in Illinois.
Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. Special Hockey team members range in age from 5 to 55 and include both male and female athletes. The team is comprised of players that have autism, Down Syndrome or other intellectual disabilities.