Still some awesome opportunities for great Hockey!

Although the weather is unusually warm, we have had some great opportunities for hockey and it hasn’t been too difficult to get around. In January we had some great teams to engage with and player participation has been encouraging. February has some home and away games posted, be watching the schedule for updates before you head out anywhere! Coach Brian and his fellow coaches continue with skill development and encouragement to our LTS players as the team prepares for an end of season tournament in Windsor! While March 23 marks the end of our season, our End of Season Banquet at the Schwaben Club on April 27th promises to be a great evening, a little out of the ordinary but it will be a fun event. Talk it up now with family and friends, it will be a ticketed event so be watching for details.

SEPTEMBER 13 UPDATE

How exciting to see new players joining us this season!! 5 new and 17 returning! Coach Brian and his crew of awesome coaches will have their hands full for sure. Looking forward to Season 12 opener on September 23, 3:15pm with food for the players, cake and soda for all  in attendance to follow the practice, plan to stay for this social event! Friendly Game dates are being made and tournament details are being worked on, stay tuned and check back often for schedule updates!!

Also excited to participate with the Brantford Bandits in a raffle for a $5000 BBQ, a $650 Bucket of Booze and a $250 Gift Certificate to the Keg in Brantford!  Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25, our player families will be tapping their friends, family, neighbours and work associates on the shoulder for their support!! Draw date is November 12 and the BLADES Hockey team is featured on the back cover of their 2023-2024 Season Brochure. Their first game is Sept 16, 5pm at the Gretzky Centre in Brantford, admission $10, we hope to see you there (players are no charge if they wear their jersey).

WELCOME TO THE ZWEIFEL FAMILY – OUR NEWEST PLAYER

Welcome Alec, Mom and Dad to the BLADES Hockey team. We hope that you will find in us a great family who are here to support each other in every way possible. We are looking for great things from Alec, he is already off to a great start with his skating ability!! Even though the season is a little shorter for him, we are confident that he will thrive with our team!!

Welcome on board!!

WELCOME LIAM MCGARRY, OUR NEWEST PLAYER!

Welcome to Liam McGarry #12, his mom and dad Danielle & Rob McGarry! Liam was on the ice for the first time today and did fantastic! Thanks to Coach Sarah for assisting Liam, it won’t be anytime before he is circling the rink with the rest of the team! We might even see Rob as part of the coaching team soon!!

 

 

Welcome McGarry family!! We are looking forward to great things for Liam!

Our Skate Helpers have arrived!

Very special thanks to Diversco of Cambridge for shipping these skating aids all the way from Georgia!! This marks a significant event in the launching of our Learn to Skate Program. Thanks to our special sponsor Rotary Cambridge Sunrise for making this possible, your donation means the world to us and to future members of our team. So no matter what age(6+), we encourage all those who wish to learn to skate with the goal of being on the BLADES Hockey team to connect with us. We are an Adapted Hockey team for individuals who cannot qualify to be on a conventional teams due to their Neuro Diversity! We have the personnel on the ice to assist in the learning process, already we have welcomed Levi Samuelson, who today was skating on his own with the rest of the team, Machar Reath who is making great strides and  Wysdom Gordon, a loveable and responsive young man who is totally awesome! Each of these young fellows are already cutting up the ice! What a reward it is to see this investment in these lives and we want to continue to provide the opportunities to many others. All participants in the BLADES Hockey Program are welcome on the ice for all events, practices, home and away games, tournaments, all learning to be a part of a team, learning self esteem and confidence, it is mind blowing to see the progress!

Connect with us today at bladesoperationsteam@gmail.com or call Paul at 519-716-7411 or Carol at 519-623-0094. Don’t let finances be a reason to have your athlete involved, we will work with y0u!!

   

AND we are always looking for sponsorships from individuals and organizations who wish to invest in lives who are normally side lined from being invoved in CANADA’S GAME!! Talk to us today!!

SEASON 11, WOW!!

We are so excited to soon be back on the ice, September 24th is our start date. Our BLADES family is real good at keeping in touch through emails, Facebook and social media! We would love to have you join our family, its a great place for support and for a sense of belonging to a team. We couldn’t operate without our dedicated volunteers, from on-ice coaching staff, to operations team, to a great group of families who share a lot of things in common, we are here to encourage each other. Every event whether a practise, a friendly game, a tournament – they are a blast! And we get sooo much back from the players, they are truly why we do what we do. We provide a safe environment for neuro-diverse individuals to explore their abilities on the ice and in a game. Every player plays at their own skill level and while encouraged to develop new skills, they are never pushed beyond their limits. Our team is made up of various skill levels and while we are small enough to have a mixed team, we want to continually offer skill challenges which might result in a second team of skill level, BUT the main goal is to have fun on the ice. We are members of the Canadian Adapted Hockey Alliance, all players and volunteers are insured  with iPlay Hockey, a Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Policy covering bodily injury and property damages in the amount of $5,000,000 inclusive, including full participant coverage. We do not take participation for granted, you are not just another jersey number. In fact you might see several players with the same number, its their choice and we embrace it.

Come join us, we make it very easy, a simple application! Annual fees for 2022-2023 are $350 and provide for an exciting season! Talk to us, call Paul at 519-716-7411 or Carol at 519-623-0094, we would love to chat!

See you on the ice!!

CHRISTMAS PARTY 2021

Thanks to the Cambridge Sports Park for a great event, the BLADES Hockey family Christmas Party! Great menu, great people who have a real heart for our team, GM Brian Hood, Food Mgr Pam and staff!! A good time was had by those who were able to attend! Thanks to our incredible, selfless Coaches and the Operations Team for making the party a success! Congrats to our Award Winners! We wish every family a very Merry Christmas and we will see you (fingers crossed) in the New Year. Stay safe, enjoy the holiday, thank you for doing your part in getting us all through a difficult year. Our thoughts are directed to the family of one who did not chose to not be in attendance, #27 Brayden Orpana ‘The Captain’ Rest in peace.

GREAT DAY AT THE KW SISKINS GAME DEC 12’21

Special thanks to Eric B for organizing game tickets for our players today! The players had fun, chuck a puck, hotdogs, drinks, signed programs, 50/50 and Ryan was the big winner!! Always great to spend time with our BLADES family, great to see the parents who came along. AND a great game, the Siskins won 3-2! Thanks team for making this day special with some good hockey!!