USA Hockey and AHAI, in collaboration with Courage USA, introduced “Blind Hockey” to Illinois residents for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 14th. Coach Grudecki took 3 players, Parker Grudecki, Nolan Laskonis and Logan Hartje to participate and help the blind participants enjoy the same game they love. Blind hockey is described as an exhilarating game where its participants are legally blind. The sport features an adapted puck that makes noise and is both heavier and larger than a traditional puck. Other than a few adapted rules, the game is played in much the same way as traditional hockey. Courage USA Ice Hockey for the Blind has ambitious plans to grow the sport of Blind Hockey across the US. Coach Grudecki said, ”…it truly was a pleasure to [participate]. The skaters were amazing and inspirational!”
The team went 3-0-1 for the weekend winning the championship in a come from behind sudden death shootout in the Great Lakes Fall Showdown in Holland MI.
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