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Special Hockey Day Celebrated

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The Long Island Blues hosted the first ever Special Hockey Day on April 4th at Nassau Coliseum—and it was a complete success!

There were four teams in attendance—the Long Island Blues, New York Raptors, Bucks County Admirals and East Coast Jumbos. The day started with drills and practice sessions and ended in a full-length game.

The Long Island Blues is an Ice Hockey Organization for children and young adults with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down syndrome and ADD. This program is open to players both male and female that are ineligible to participate in an existing organization due to his or her disability.

On Special Hockey Day, the teams were treated to an afternoon of hockey, followed by a reception, which featured Trent Hunter and Andy Sutton of the Islanders.

"This outing was an exciting adventure for the players who dream of playing on a NHL ice surface where many of their heroes play,” said Joe Baudo, President of New York State Amateur Hockey. “It was especially significant and moving for the parents and families of the players. Not only did they think their child would never have the opportunity to play hockey, but to be able to play at the Coliseum and be recognized at an NHL game for their involvement in the sport of hockey was a dream they never even dared to think would come true."

The event was organized by Laurie Kennedy of New York State Disabled Hockey, along with Mike Russo & Neil Robbins of the Long Island Blues.

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