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Jr. Sled Wings, Sled Dogs, Jr. Hotwheels Are 2014-15 National Champions

The Grand Rapids Junior Sled Wings, led by Tanner Gentry, Scott Stever, Caleb Janssen, CJ Blackwell, goalie Taggart VanderMolen, and Coach Steve Kozlowski, won the 2014-15 Junior A National Sled Hockey Championship at USA Hockey's National Disabled Festival in Buffalo, NY.  The Sleds Wings went 4-0, outscoring their opponents 27-8, in winning their first ever national title.  FYI... Coach Koz has been aiding us in our attempt to get a disabled program up and running in Flint.

The Michigan Sled Dogs, led by Jesus Villa, Rico Vitelli, Marc Henretta (C), Bob Morris, Dan Studebaker, and the hot goaltending of Rick Lewis, also won their first ever national title at USA Hockey's National Disabled Festival in Buffalo, NY.  They went 4-0, outscoring their opponents 15-1, to capture the 2014-15 Adult B National Sled Hockey Championship.  Rick Lewis had a 0.25 GAA, with three shutouts.  Marc Henretta, their captain, and others such as Rick have also been instrumental in helping bring sled hockey to Flint.

Congratulations to our 2014-15 National Champions, the Jr. Sled Wings, the Sled Dogs, and the Jr Hotwheels!  Without a young man named Aaron, who plays for the Hotwheels and wants to skate, sled hockey in Flint wouldn't even be a thought.  He gave the reason to make it happen.

If interested in playing, please contact Mick Carroll, our disabled coordinator, at 810-210-7811... the 2016 National Disabled Festival is April 7-10 in Detroit.

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GFHA Is Offering Sled Hockey For The Disabled

Having a disability is hard enough: a lot of obstacles to overcome, limited accessibility to a lot of things, but most importantly, being accepted and included.  Having a disability shouldn't mean you can't participate in actitvities an abled body person enjoys doing.  For the most part, it might be just knowing the activity is available, like sled hockey.  Yes, hockey played in a sled.  Through specially designed equipment, those with a disability can enjoy being out on the ice and playing the greatest game on earth.  And it's a total blast!  GFHA is teaming up with USA Hockey to put disabilities on ice by making sled hockey available to Flint and the surrounding areas because hockey is for everybody who wants to participate.  Thanks to Aaron wanting to skate, this is here.  If interested in trying a sled, please contact our Disabled Hockey Coordinator, Mick Carroll at (810) 210-7811 or mickcam@aol.com.  We'll make sure it happens.  Click here to watch a great video on sled hockey.

Wanted: Players, Coaches, and Volunteers

With the spring season off and running, please consider returning to Crystal Fieldhouse for the fall / winter season.  The Greater Flint Hockey Association is looking for players, coaches, and volunteers.  We need you to make this happen at the new and improved arena.  All positions are available, including board positions.  Grow with us.  Email us at gfhahockey@yahoo.com or phone 810-354-4342.  Thank you!

2015 Spring Hockey Sign Up

Crystal Fieldhouse is offering spring hockey.  Click here to participate.
Please note:  spring hockey is run by the arena.  Issues should be directed to them, as our role is limited during this time period.  We do offer assistance and guidance and we'll help in any way to assure your player is having fun.

Equipment Needed

Have any hockey equipment not being used?  Please help us help others.  We're in need of mainly youth gear... skates, sticks, gloves, pants, protective gear, goalie equipment, disabled hockey gear.  We accept all donations, including monetary.  Donations can be dropped off at Crystal Fieldhouse (the former Ice Mountain).

Warrior Hockey Gives Us Goalie Equipment

Warrior Hockey gifted our association with a set of goalie equipment... leg pads, chest protector, left hand catcher, right hand blocker, and a left hand stick.  They'll fit a hockey player between the ages of 7 and 10 years old.  We'd like to use them for players just starting out, like for our learn to play program.  These items are approximately $1,000.  Click here to visit their site to shop or find a local retailer.  Thank you Warrior Hockey! 

Try Hockey For Free Another Huge Success

Hockey Weekend Across America's "Try Hockey For Free Day" on Saturday, Feb. 21st at Crystal Fieldhouse was another huge success, with 66 participants.  This was presented by the National Hockey League, USA Hockey, CCM, Kraft Foods, GFHA, and Crystal Fieldhouse.  GFHA and USA Hockey's "Try Hockey For Free Day" on Saturday, November 8th, was another huge success with 49 participants on the ice.  Our Jan. 18th "Try Hockey For Free" had 45 participants.  It keeps on building.  Thank you to all that have participated.

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