Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey Program is huge hit

December 21, 2018 01:37 PM

The Minnesota Wild has branched out and now has a blind hockey program that continues to grow in the state of hockey. The program involving the athletes in Minnesota Disabled Hockey is the largest in the country. There are participants that range in age from six years old to adults in their thirties. U.S.A. Disabled Hockey Director Toni Gillen has seen the interest grow rather quickly in the past year.

"I was approached one day and asked why don't we have a hockey program for people who are legally blind? Then I was asked to start one and the response has been off the charts successful," said Gillen.


"Any time I tell our players the Wild has given us the opportunity to skate at the "X" it just solidifies the fact that they are hockey players. It brings them closer to be hockey players and the Wild have given them a hug to say you're accepted, you're a part of the state of hockey and we're super glad that you're here," Gillen added.

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To learn more about this program, go to www.minnesotahockey.org under disabled hockey.

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