On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Anaheim Ducks Sled Hockey Festival will take place at Great Park Ice in Irvine, California. The event will consist of an exhibition sled hockey tournament (8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday & 8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Sunday), and both a "Try Sled Hockey" clinic (11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) and "Try Warrior Hockey" clinic (2:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.) The exhibition sled hockey tournament will feature adult teams from the Ducks, Kings, Coyotes and Golden Knights organizations as well as youth teams from the Ducks, Sharks, Kings and Golden Knights. A skills clinic will be held on Aug. 18 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. designed for current sled hockey players to help improve their game.
USA Hockey's new Warrior Hockey Discipline is dedicated to injured and disabled U.S. Military Veterans who have served our country and been discharged under honorable or general conditions (For more information on the Warrior Hockey Discipline and eligibility, click here). As one of the Disabled Hockey Section's newest disciplines, the Warrior Hockey Discipline is growing across the country. While some of the participants played hockey prior to being injured, many try it for the first time for therapeutic reasons. The Ducks' goal is to bring access to this new discipline here in Orange County to help build a community for local members of our armed forces.
Team USA Paralympic gold medalist Ralph DeQuebec will be a special guest in attendance to help coach on-ice sled events and interact with athletes. A Purple Heart Recipient, Marine Gunnery Sergeant DeQuebec is a bilateral above-knee amputee after sustaining an injury in Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2012. The Harbor City, Calif. native earned a gold medal with the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team in Pyeongchang, and was a member of the U.S. Men's Development Sled Team from 2014-17.
For more information or to sign up for either event, click here.