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Michigan Teams Update After Two Days at Disabled Hockey Festival


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Grand Rapids Senior Sled Wings

The Grand Rapids Senior Sled Wings have come out of the box swinging, winning their first two games. Game 1 was against the Boston Shamrocks, and the Sr. Sled Wings took home the win with a score of 2-1. Game 2 saw the Sled Wings up against the Buffalo Sled Vets. The game-winning goal was scored with 5 seconds left, giving the Sled Wings the 4-3 win. Saturday will see them play the Warrior Avs and the Hornet Sled Team.

 

Grand Rapids Junior Sled Wings 

The Grand Rapids Junior Sled Wings struggled in their first game, dropping the decision 3-1 against the Bennett Blazers.  Game 2 saw the Jr. Sled Wings pick their game up and beat Colorado Avalanche Prep 9-2. They face off against the Minnesota Junior Wild and the Junior Sled Preds on Saturday.

 

Michigan Sled Dogs

The Michigan Sled Dogs lost their only game so far with a score of 4-0. Game 2 is tonight against Arizona.

 

Michigan Warriors 

The Michigan Warriors lost a very tough and scrappy game 4-2 to the USA Standing Amputee team during the first night of the tournament. Game 2 saw the Warriors go up against the Minnesota Warriors team and it was a blow-out, with a score of 11-0. The Warriors face the Chicago Blackhawks Warrior team on Saturday.

 

Up-to-date scores, schedules and stats can be found here: http://www.usahockey.com/2017DisabledHockeyFestival

MAHA Names Disabled Sports Directors

The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) is pleased to announce their new Directors of Disabled Hockey, Marie Sly and Louis Lombardo.

Marie Sly is the Executive Director of the West Michigan Special Hockey Association (WMSHA) as well as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for WMSHA.  In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for Autism Support of Kent County.  In her time with WMSHA, she has helped to grow the association from 15 athletes to nearly 60. In addition to the day-to-day operations of WMSHA, Marie handles all registration and social media, as well as serving as an on-ice coach.  In summer 2016, Marie partnered with Evan Rankin of the Toledo Walleye and Professional Hockey Academy to host the first ever Michigan Special Hockey Fantasy Camp.  With support from the Detroit Red Wings, they gave over 25 special needs athletes a chance to play alongside of their heroes and get direction from Red Wings Head Coach, Jeff Blashill.

Marie has also been appointed the Michigan representative for USA Hockey’s Disabled Section and will represent Michigan and MAHA at all USA Hockey meeting.

Louis Lombardo brings 15 years of management experience in the ice industry.  As a General Manager and Regional Manager for Rink Management Services, he has successfully supervised a number of indoor ice arenas and outdoor seasonal ice rinks.  His professional experience includes coaching both recreational and competitive figure skating, as well as ice hockey.  

Lou has a passion for working with disabled sports programs and especially the participants.  He is proud of his work with the Special Olympics, Wounded Warrior Project, and with Veterans Affairs Hospitals to bring the specialty of disabled skating and hockey to various ice rinks in the U.S.  Lou is excited to serve in this role and to assist in the growth of Disabled Hockey Programs here in the state of Michigan.

For more information on disabled hockey, which includes Special, Sled, Blind, Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Warrior/Standing Amputee, in the state of Michigan, please contact Marie or Lou.

Marie Sly                                                         Louis Lombardo iii
616-826-5041                                                 804-986-4561
marie@wmspecialhockey.org                           louislombardoiii@icloud.com 

MAHA Disabled Sports Contacts

For more information about Disabled Hockey, please contact either of the two Directors below:

Marie A. Sly

marie@wmspecialhockey.org

or

Louis Lombardo

louislombardoiii@icloud.com