Founded in 1999, The Washington Ice Dogs special hockey program provides an ice hockey team experience to individuals with developmental disabilities. Weekly practices provide players of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play the great sport of hockey while they develop cognitive, social, behavioral, communication, gross and fine motor skills and well as increased confidence and independence. Player experiences on the ice have proven to translate to improved accomplishments at work and school and greater community engagement.
Our players range in age from 6-46 and are placed on an experienced A - level team or a B/C level team of beginners and intermediate players. We have coaches who can accommodate special needs and youth mentors who provide peer interaction and on-ice support. We provide 1:1 on-ice support to our beginners.
Practice is Saturday mornings at 8 am for our A team and 9 am for the B/C players from September through March. There are optional opportunities each season to travel to tournaments and play games against other special hockey teams.