2018 Canadian National Blind Team Fundraiser
Canadian Blind Hockey
THANK YOU TEAM CANADA SUPPORTERS!
Through your generous contributions, Team Canada has exceeded our minimum goal of raising $25,000 to cover the costs of competing versus the USA in the world's first-ever International Blind Hockey Series taking place in Pittsburgh October 12 - 14. We can't thank you enough for all of the support!
The competition in Pittsburgh is not the end goal - it is only the starting line! Canadian Blind Hockey plans on bringing the Canadian invented para-sport of Blind Hockey around the world with a goal of a four-nations cup in 2020, a World Championships in 2022, and to apply for the 2026 Paralympic Games. Any further contributions over our goal will go directly to National Team projects for the 2018 - 2019 season - thank you for your support!
Blind Hockey is played all across Canada by athletes who are blind or partially sighted who have approximately 10% vision or less. The sport uses an adapted puck that makes noise and is larger than a traditional puck. The Canadian National Team is made up of players and coaches from five different provinces, who were selected based on their outstanding performance history at the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament which takes place annually in Toronto, ON.
The sport has been played in Canada since the 1970’s, but was only founded in the United States in 2014 through the combined efforts of Canadian Blind Hockey and some interested American players. After four years of development, USA Hockey now has 7 established Blind Hockey Teams, and were able to name a Team USA to compete versus the top Canadian players in the world’s first international Blind Hockey series, which will take place in Pittsburgh, PA from October 12 through 14.
One of Canadian Blind Hockey’s goals is to export the sport around the world to create international competition opportunities for Canadian hockey players’ who are blind or partially sighted, with plans of establishing a four nations cup in 2020, a World Championships in 2022, and applying for inclusion in the 2026 Paralympic Games. The organization is well on its way to achieving these goals, as in conjunction with the National Team Camp, the organization is also simultaneously hosting its fifth annual Canadian Blind Hockey Summer Development Camp, which has players and coaches from England and Finland participating who aspire to be the next nations to found National Blind Hockey Teams.
2018 Canadian National Blind Hockey Team
Francois Beauregard (Montreal, QC)
Anthony Ciullla (Langley, BC)
Shawn Dale (Brantford, ON)
Joseph Del Grande (Toronto, ON)
Mark DeMontis (Toronto, ON)
Bruno Haché (Montreal, QC)
Wyatt Harvey (Peterborough, ON)
Alex Angus MacEachen (Mabou, NS)
Gilles Ouellet (Montreal, QC)
Francois Pichette (Montreal, QC)
Kelly Serbu (Cole Harbour, NS)
Simon Richard (Dieppe, NB)
Scott Roberts (Richmond, BC)
Jason Yuha (Rosalind, AB)
Joey Cabral (Toronto, ON)
Gary Steeves (New Westminster, BC)
Lorne Webber (Edmonton, AB)
General Manager – Luca DeMontis (Toronto, ON)
Assistant General Manager – Robert Gignac (Montreal, QC)
Head Coach – Paul Kerins (Toronto, ON)
Assistant Coach – Jeff Street (Toronto, ON)
Goalie Coach – Joey Ali (Langley, BC)
Therapist – Mark Bentz (North Vancouver, BC)