Hosted by Canadian Blind Hockey, over 80 players from across North America will battle it out during this three-day tournament with plenty of action packed games and demonstrations. The Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament is the original Blind Hockey tournament, and the biggest in the world! Tune in March 24 – 26 live from Toronto’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.
All games will include described play-by-play and interviews.
Friday, March 24th – Kelly and Company
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Interviews with players, fans and sponsors
4:15 pm – 4:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
4:30 pm – 6:15 p.m. – Select Game featuring colour commentary by Mike Ross
6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Open Game #1
7:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. – Low Vision and Development - Game # 1
Saturday, March 25th – Live from Studio 5
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Learn to Skate and Blind Hockey Try-It Session
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Select Game featuring colour commentary by Mike Ross
3:15 pm – 4:45 p.m. – Open Game # 2
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Low Vision and Development Game # 2
Sunday, March 26th – Live from Studio 5
9:00 am – 10:30 a.m. – Low Vision and Development Game # 3
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Open Division Game # 3
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Select Game featuring colour commentary by Mike Ross
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Interviews with players, fans and sponsors
3:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. – Described awards ceremony
What is Blind Hockey?
Blind Hockey is the same exhilarating, fast-paced sport as Ice Hockey with only one main difference – players are legally blind. Players must be classified as eligible in one of the three International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) classifications.
The most significant modification is that the sport features an adapted puck that makes noise, and is both bigger and slower than a traditional puck. Players’ levels of vision range from legally blind – approximately 10% vision or less – to totally blind, with the lowest vision athletes playing defence or goal. Blind Hockey is an excellent spectator sport as it is easily recognizable to the average hockey fan, with minimal rule adaptations to help with gameplay and player safety.
- Custom 3-foot high nets are used rather than the traditional 4-foot nets to keep the puck low and near the ice so it can make noise and be tracked aurally.
- Teams must complete one pass prior to being able to score in the attacking half of the rink – this provides both the low vision defence and the goalie an extra opportunity to track the puck.
- The game is played with standard IIHF safety protocols including no-touch icing, and crease violations to ensure utmost player safety.
- All players must wear full protective gear including face mask.
Meet the players
Watch AMI This Week's profile on player Jill MacSween and her preparation for the big event!
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