ASHA Players Ryan Gray of Baltmore Saints, Robbir Calihan of NOVA Cool Cats, Slapshot, Baeley Thackson of Montgomery Chetahs, and Andrew Rouff of Washington Ice Dogs.
ASHA organizations got together on Saturday February 14th to play two very special hockey games in honor of "Heroes of Hockey Day" in celebrating USA Hockey "Hockey Weekend Across America".
The Baltimore Saints, Montgomery Cheetahs and NOVA Cool Cats all participated in combined games at the A, B and C level hosted by the Washington Ice Dogs. Slapshot, the mascot of the Washington Capitals, was also on hand to drop the puck to start the first game of the day. Mike Hickey, President of the Washington Ice Dogs and the American Special Hockey Association, said, "These players are the true 'Heroes of Hockey' as they have so many challenges and that all seem to go away while they are on the ice. The players gravitate to the game and the game gives them a social evironment where they are just regular hockey players playing the game they love."
The Special Hockey games were followed by a very insipiring game between the USA Warriors vs. DC Fire Fighters. The USA Warriors are a team made up of wounded veterans which is an initiative of the USA Hockey Disabled Section. Both teams played at a high-paced level which ended in a 3-3 tie. In true Special Hockey fashion, everybody went home a winner.