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Growing disabled hockey a family affair for Wild's Darby Hendrickson

Hendrickson Foundation's second annual festival takes place in Blaine this weekend

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

Seven years ago, hockey across the United States, especially in Minnesota, was flourishing. At least, it was for some people. 

Even with organizations like the Minnesota Sled Hockey Association and Minnesota Special Hockey already established, there wasn't always a high level of awareness regarding athletes who couldn't participate in standing or competitive hockey. 

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Blind hockey takes root in St. Louis

New program inspires wide range of people with impaired vision

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Elton Thomas was checking his work email at the Lighthouse for the Blind in St. Louis, when he read one from his program director about playing blind hockey. Thomas, who has low vision due to retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder of the eyes, had skated now and then. He used to rollerblade as a kid, when his vision was better.

But blind hockey?

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Double amputee presented with grant, sled on NHL Network

Lera Doederlein, 13, surprised while interviewed about Hockey Is For Everyone

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

NHL Now: Lera Doederlein

Sled hockey player Lera Doederlein joins the show

Sled hockey player Lera Doederlein joins the show and is gifted a new sled and a check for $2,000 from the Challenge Athletes Foundation

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SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The idea was to surprise Lera Doederlein during her visit to the NHL and MLB Studios.

In the end, it was the 13-year-old double amputee who surprised everyone with her outlook on life, despite having bilateral knee disarticulation surgery in June to address a congenital condition called arthrogryposis.

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Gameday Guide: Feb. 20 vs. San Jose

by St. Louis Blues / Press Release

If you have tickets for the game between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks on Feb. 20 at Scottrade Center, here is everything you need to know about what is happening at the game. If you haven't secured tickets yet, a limited number are still available online or at the Scottrade Center Box Office.

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Hockey Is For Everyone daily digest

Latest news, images from around NHL in February

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Welcome to Hockey Is For Everyone month, a joint initiative between the NHL and NHL Players' Association.

The NHL has designated February as Hockey Is For Everyone month to reaffirm that the official policy of the sport is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.

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Mask pride

...Canucks goaltender supports NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

Anders Nilsson's family and friends are always on his mind. This season they're also on his mask.

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Persistence pays off for Maharaj with Ducks

Goaltending coach rewarded after long road from Trinidad

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- One night almost 18 years ago, Sudarshan Maharaj picked up the telephone with a goaltender in tears on the other end.

It was New York Islanders rookie Steve Valiquette from Atlanta. Moments earlier, Valiquette made 37 saves for his first NHL win, a 4-2 victory against the expansion Atlanta Thrashers on March 16, 2000.

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HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE - JARI'S STORY

Torie Peterson reflects on her brother's unique perspective on the game

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

I know why I love hockey.

It's a pretty straightforward, simple explanation.

It's fast. It's fun. It's highly entertaining.

The list of reasons goes on but it isn't hard for me to wax poetic about the sport that has been an indelible part of my life.

But if you asked why my brother enjoys it, I couldn't tell you.

I can speculate, knowing his other interests and his personality, but he isn't able to tell me exactly what it is about hockey that he likes.

Jari - yes, named after Jari Kurri - has autism.

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O'Ree to speak at NHL skills weekend in Philadelphia

First black player in League focal point of Hockey Is For Everyone event

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Willie O'Ree has a simple mantra that he passes along to the children he speaks with through his role as NHL Diversity Ambassador.

"I always tell these kids, if you think you can, you can, and if you think you can't, you're right," O'Ree said. "And there's a lot of truth to that. You only get out of a thing what you put into it."

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Short Shifts

Reaves gets goal after telling O'Ree he would score for him

Penguins forward met hockey legend this morning, delivered on promise

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Reaves scores after guarantee

LAK@PIT: Reaves scores to hold up guarantee to O'Ree

Ryan Reaves wires a shot past Jonathan Quick to open the scoring in the 2nd period and discusses his interview to score one for Willie O'Ree

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Ryan Reaves told everyone it was coming. Well, he actually told Willie O'Ree it was coming.

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