Adaptive hockey is a new, up-and-coming sport for athletes who are blind and visually impaired. Though not yet on the Paralympic Winter Games program, the International Blind Ice Hockey Federation (IBIH) was created in 2015 to lead the development of the sport and recruit international participation.
Modifications made to make hockey accessible for athletes who are blind and visually impaired include:
If you’re interested in trying blind hockey, we encourage you to attend one of the “Try Blind Hockey” sessions hosted across the country. “Try” events are listed on the USABA Events Calendar as information is provided.
Once you’re solid on ice skates and have a good feel for the basics of the game, get involved with one of the established teams listed below and attend a tournament to develop your competition skills.
New York Metro Blind Hockey: https://nymbh.org/
Washington Wheelers Blind Hockey Club (Washington, D.C.): https://www.facebook.com/dcblindhockey/
Hartford Braillers Blind Hockey Club (Connecticut): https://www.facebook.com/BlindhockeyCT/
Executive Director, Canadian Blind Hockey Association