AMI-audio Live is excited to once again take to the ice and broadcast the 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament—March 22 to March 24—from the historic Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
Over 100 players from across North America will skate during the three-day tournament. This year Canadian Blind Hockey is proud to announce a record five divisions for this year's tournament: Children, Youth, Low Vision and Development, Open and Select. Through this opportunity, everyone is given the chance to participate in Canada’s unofficial national pastime in a fully inclusive way.
AMI-audio's live coverage begins with the opening ceremonies on Friday, March 22, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Join The Neutral Zone’s Brock Richardson, Cam Jenkins, Bret Wills and Jeff Ryman; Live from Studio 5’s Mike Ross; and David Bastl and Nicco Cardarelli as they describe the action from double round-robin matches between Canada East, Canada West and Team USA, and conduct interviews with players.
There are differences between ice hockey and blind hockey. An adapted puck makes noise and is bigger and slower than a traditional puck. Levels of vision for players range from legally blind—approximately 10 per cent vision or less—to totally blind, with the lowest vision athletes playing defence or goal. Three-foot high nets are used rather than the traditional four-foot nets; that keeps 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, providing both the partially-sighted defence and goalie an extra opportunity to track the puck.
Toronto Ice Owls goalie Joey Cabral is one of 50 top blind hockey players representing the Select Division's Canada East, Canada West and Team USA. He encourages people to come to the rink.
"You're going to see amazing hockey from the Children and Youth division all the way up to the Select Division," Joey says. "I recommend that fans come down who have never seen blind hockey. It's a very fast-paced game."
And Joey has high hopes for his Canada East team.
"I'm the starting goalie for Canada East and, hopefully, there is a Canada East-Canada West final," he says.
AMI-audio’s live coverage of the 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament takes place Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24.
Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern)
|11:30 a.m.-noon||Opening Ceremonies|
|Noon-1:30 p.m.||Select Series: Canada East vs. Team USA|
|6:30-8 p.m.||Select Series: Canada East vs. Canada West|
|11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Select Series: Team USA vs. Canada West|
|12:30-2 p.m.||Select Series: Open Division Game 2/3|
|6-7:30 p.m.||Select Series: Team USA vs. Canada East (2)|
|1-2:30 p.m.||Open Division Game 3/3|
|2:30-4 p.m.||Select Series: Teams TBD|
How to listen
Tuning in is easy. Visit AMI.ca/listenlive on your mobile device and stream all our coverage, free! Access live description of what’s happening on the ice and exclusive AMI-audio content. You also have the option of listening on TV. AMI-audio is available on channel 49 on Bell, 196 on Rogers and 889 on Shaw. Visit AMI.ca/schedules for a full list of channels and service providers.
Interviews from the tournament will be available the week after broadcast. Download the AMI-audio Live Podcast from any major podcasting app or platform including iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
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