Wolves will Assist with Special Hockey Heroes Expo
On Sunday, March 19th from 4-6:30pm the Watertown Wolves will be helping players from the New York State Special Hockey Commission in an Expo at the Watertown Municipal Arena. There will be 2 groups of special needs kids coming for this event, one from Rochester and one from Ottawa, for a total of 20 players. Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot is helping to put on the event and are asking for a donation at the door to support these teams with their hockey expenses.
Rochester Special Hockey has been in existence for 19 years serving the developmentally challenged community, and there is currently 50 players in their program. They are an all-volunteer staff with many coaches and helpers not having family members with disabilities, they simply help out for the joy that they receive.
The Ottawa Hockey Heroes has 44 players, who play each Saturday at a consistent time slot, based on age, skill set, and safety. The program is for individuals of any age and gender, who, through a medical condition, cannot play in a regular community hockey program. The team is 100% volunteer based as defined, with no honorariums or salaries given to anyone. This is something we are very proud of. The some 40 coaches are caring community volunteers, which include both active and retired Police members. For more information, you can visit www.specialhockeyheroes.com
The night will start off by an exhibition amongst the 2 groups with Wolves players coaching them on from the bench and helping them during the game. At the conclusion of this, the Wolves will then play side by side with the kids for another exhibition game. Teams will be randomly picked, so you will be seeing Wolves players play against each other. Both teams will have a police escort to and from the Watertown Municipal Arena. After the games, the teams will go to Maggie’s on the River for dinner and stay the night at the Fairfield Inn and Suites.