Hello CCB BC-Yukon Division Members and Friends, there’s been a few questions regarding the hockey tournament; my apologies for not thinking to provide the article from our last Division Newsletter for you.
Thanks and appreciation for your interest, Ann
CCB Port Coquitlam Visually Impaired People (VIP) Chapter
– submitted by Brodie McKenzie
Hello BC-Yukon Division Chapters, it’s Brodie the LHON warrior and cancer crusader giving you information about the upcoming 2019 national Canadian blind hockey tournament held in Toronto. Below is the info from the email that was sent out from Matt Morrow the executive director of Canadian blind hockey…
Blind Hockey community: it is time to GET EXCITED! The original, the biggest, and the best Blind Hockey Tournament in the world begins in only six weeks, when the adapted puck will drop at the seventh annual Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament. As always, the tournament is at Ryerson University’s world-class Mattamy Athletic Centre – the former Maple Leaf Gardens – in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The event takes place March 22 – 24, 2019, and is presented by AMI – Accessible Media Inc. and brought to you by CNIB.
The 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament will be by far the BIGGEST event in the history of the parasport of Blind Hockey. We are expecting between 100 and 125 participants who are blind or partially sighted, who will be competing in a record five different divisions including: Children, Youth, Low Vision and Development, Open, and Select Blind Hockey Divisions. Speaking of exciting news, the 2019 Select Division will also be our biggest yet, and will feature the top 50 Blind Hockey players on the planet representing Canada East, Canada West, and USA Blind Hockey. These star-studded teams will compete in a double round-robin and provide Blind Hockey fans with eight unbelievable games throughout the weekend!
From four-year-old boys and girls who are just beginning their Blind Hockey journey, all the way to the seasoned All-Stars from across North America, the 2019 Canadian Nationals will showcase just how far the parasport of Blind Hockey has come. Whether you are a player, coach, key volunteer, partner, donor, sponsor, or just a big Blind Hockey fan: the 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament promises to be our best event yet and is not to be missed!
2018 was a monumental year for the growth of Blind Hockey. We had our first-ever European participants compete, we introduced the Children and Youth Division to Canadian Nationals, and we partnered with USA Hockey to put on the words first-ever International Blind Ice Hockey Series in Pittsburgh in October. There has never been a better time to get involved with the sport, and we are looking forward to the many exciting developments that 2019 is sure to bring, beginning with the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament.
There are currently an all-time high of 22 Blind Hockey programs established across North America, and the exciting beginnings of Blind Hockey programs in England and Finland. If you are interested in learning more about the parasport of Blind Hockey, and how you can get involved, please email
to be connected with a program near you.
Canadian Blind Hockey programs include: the Toronto Ice Owls, Les Hiboux de Montreal, the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, the Edmonton SeeHawks, the Vancouver Eclipse, the Nova Scotia See-Kings, the Newfoundland Eye-Landers, GTA Youth, ASRAB Calgary Youth, and the Canadian National Blind Hockey Team.
USA Blind Hockey programs include: NY Nightshade, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Braillers, NY Metro, Colorado Visionaries, St Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Indiana, Seattle, and the USA Blind Hockey Team.
Here is the Canadian blind hockey YouTube link to enjoy the tournament with live streaming…
And the 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament Schedule will be sent to your inbox very soon.
Myself and members of the Vancouver eclipse blind hockey team are gearing up and practising with extra ice times before the tournament we are all getting pumped up for a great weekend meeting new friends, and seeing old friendships. This is my fifth tournament now and my fifth season with the Eclipse every minute I’m on the ice, and every moment I’m in the tournaments there’s a huge smile on my face with positive vibes flowing. I love being Canadian and I love hockey.
Giving all Canadian Council of the blind chapters’ supreme strength, and powerful positive vibes.
Always walk in warrior mode faith, strength, courage.
Keep your head held high, with confidence in your stride.
2019 CANADIAN NATIONAL BLIND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
THURSDAY MARCH 21
8:00 PM 8:50 PM Canada East Practice
9:00 PM 9:50 PM Canada West Practice
10:00 PM 11:00 PM USA Blind Hockey Practice
FRIDAY MARCH 22
10:30 AM 11:45 AM Children & Youth Balancing Practice
11:45 AM 12:00 PM Opening Ceremonies
12:00 PM 1:30 PM Select Series: Canada East vs Team USA
1:30 PM 3:00 PM Open Division Game 1 / 3
3:00 PM 4:30 PM Low Vision and Development 1 / 3
4:30 PM 5:30 PM Children’s Division Game 1/ 3
5:30 PM 6:30 PM Youth Division Game 1 / 3
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Select Series: Canada East vs Canada West
SATURDAY MARCH 23
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Children’s Division 2 / 3
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Youth Division 2 / 3
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Select Series: Team USA vs Canada West
12:30 PM 2:00 PM Open Division Game 2 /3
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Low Vision and Development 2 / 3
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Open Skate and Try Blind Hockey Session
6:00 PM 7:30 PM Select Series: Team USA vs Canada East (2)
7:30 PM 10:00 PM Canadian Blind Hockey Banquet
SUNDAY MARCH 24
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Children’s Division 3 / 3
9:00 AM 10:30 AM Select Series: TBD
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Youth Division 3/3
11:30 AM 1:00 PM Low Vision and Development 3 / 3
1:00 PM 2:30 PM Open Division 3 / 3
2:30 PM 4:00 PM Select Series: TBD