In Memorial of #27 Brayden Orpana

Our hockey family is saddened with the untimely passing of #27 Brayden Orpana on November 23. Our team has never had to deal with the death of a team member and we are all struggling. Brayden had a smile as wide as the ocean, a heart full of love for his teammates, he loved the game of hockey and was an extreme encourager of all players! He could never get quite enough ice time, always wanting just a little more, just another hour, just another game. His example of persevering through a tough shoulder injury which sidelined him for a while did not dampen his enthusiasm for the game. Already we are feeling the void of his presence, our hearts, thoughts and prayers will continue with Coach Tom, his Dad and his Mom, Jen. Brothers Owen and Devyn were the pride of his life and he loved spending time with them at the rink, on the ice as well as many other sporting activities which he enjoyed. His extended family has our deepest condolences during this time of extreme grief.

Niagara Junior Ice Dogs Tournament

The BLADES Hockey team were grateful to be included in the annual tournament in St Catherines, Ontario for the second year! We hope that we will be invited in the future as this is a great tournament, with great teams from the US and CAN who understand what adapted hockey is all about! As usual, we were treated royally from the minute we arrived, all the attention to details, the super meal provided for players and the swag bags! The Niagara Junior Ice Dogs should be very proud of what they bring to the world of special hockey!! THANK YOU!!

CAHA Members

The BLADES Hockey team is proud to be a member of the Canadian Adapted Hockey Alliance!!

Mission Statement: Creating opportunities for individuals with developmental, cognitive and cognitive + physical disabilities to develop their strength, hockey skills, sportsmanship and life skills, while deepening their love of the game and team.

Our Purpose:

  • to use the game of hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in developing characteristics such as independence, self-reliance, confidence, concentration, sportsmanship, willingness to share & personal accountability, which will help the individuals become more successful both within and outside a hockey environment.
  • to educate the general public about and encourage participation in disabled sports and adapted hockey in particular and to promote awareness of the challenges and needs of persons who have developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities.