Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. During the month of February, the Wild will celebrate organizations and teams around Minnesota that work to create a greater State of Hockey and exemplify the meaning of Hockey is for Everyone -- providing a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.
In 2008, more than 1,000 miles east of the Twin Cities, a group of patients at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., began playing hockey as they recovered. After some coaches noticed the veterans and helped them organize their practices, the U.S. Warriors organization was officially formed.
Fast forward a few years, and it spearheaded the creation of an independent Warriors hockey team in Minnesota -- made by and for U.S. military personnel.