ARLINGTON, Va. –The Washington Capitals and USA Warriors will host the fifth annual USA Hockey Sled Classic presented by the National Hockey League at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Nov. 20-2 3. During the competition the Rockville, Md., USA Warriors ice hockey team will represent the Washington Capitals.
The USA Hockey Sled Classic is an annual round-robin format tournament between NHL-affiliated teams. Established in 2010, it is the first competitive adult tournament of its kind.
The Capitals are sponsoring two USA Warrior teams comprised of approximately 26 disabled army veterans, many of whom were patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Capitals provided the Warriors with their third jersey, modeled after the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic jersey.
Washington will begin the tournament in a tier I game against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, Nov. 20, followed by a contest against the Ottawa Senators on Friday, Nov. 21. Semifinals and the championship game are scheduled through Saturday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23. Admission to the games is free. For a complete schedule and tournament results Click Here >>>.
The 2014 competition marks the third year a Capitals sponsored team is participating in the classic. Last season the USA Warriors won the B Division Championship for the second straight year, winning 4 out of 5 games during the tournament and outscoring their opponents 20 to 9.
The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization, working in partnership with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and offers sled and standing hockey programs to patients at Walter Reed and disabled veterans. Founded in 2008 the program currently has around 20 sled players and 30 standing players who practice and play games year-round as part of their rehabilitation.
Each of the 13 competing teams are affiliated with NHL clubs – the Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Sled hockey teams will represent their affiliated NHL club by wearing official NHL licensed jerseys with local club marks and logos.