ANNUAL SLED HOCKEY TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO AMELIA PARK, MAY 2-4
ANNUAL SLED HOCKEY TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO AMELIA PARK ARENA, MAY 2-4
Amelia Park Ice Arena in Westfield is proud to announce that they will be hosting the 16th Annual New England Sled Hockey Invitational Tournament MAY 2-4, 2014. The tournament, held for the twelfth time at Amelia Park Ice Arena, will consist of adult and junior divisions competing throughout the weekend from 7am-11:00pm (Friday & Saturday) and championship games (Sunday) from 7am-4:30pm.
Attendance to the tournament is FREE and will showcase over 200 athletes and coaches from eight states & Canada. Past & Present Paralympians, including 2014 Gold Medalist Taylor Chace, will be participating.
“This tournament is truly amazing and really represents the mission of our rink,” said Carole Appleton, Executive Director of Amelia Park Ice Arena. “We are so proud to host these athletes, their families and friends once again at our facility.”
The Pioneer Valley will have two teams of their own team participating, the Springfield Sliders, in the junior division, and the Western Mass Knights, in the adult division. The Sliders and the Knights practice weekly at Amelia Park.
The weekend tournament not only includes competition by athletes but opportunities for fans to interact with the athletes as well. Informal meet and greets with athletes will take place each day courtesy of Women’s Law Enforcement Association (WLEA). The rink fundraises throughout the year to cover all tournament and ice fees for the teams.
Sled Hockey, or sledge hockey as it is known internationally, is a sport that was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play the game of ice hockey. Sled Hockey was invented in the early 1960s in Stockholm, Sweden at a rehabilitation center. It is currently one of the most popular sports in the Paralympic Games.
Amelia Park Ice Arena is an ice arena/sports complex and memorial garden, financed by the late Westfield philanthropist, Albert F. Ferst, in memory of his wife Amelia. The Albert & Amelia Ferst Operating Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity, was formed in 1998, with the expressed purpose of building a recreational facility and garden in her memory.
If you are interested in being a part of this event, please contact Carole Appleton, Executive Director at Amelia Park Ice Arena, at 413-568-2503 or .
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With the hockey season over, many of us have put the hockey equipment for the summer as our kids begin to transition to baseball, softball, lacrosse and other spring sports. While you may be putting that equipment away for a few months, it is important to make sure that the equipment is properly cleaned, sanitized and dried so that it will be fresh for the upcoming season.
To do so, please follow these steps.
Step 1: Fill a bathtub or sink with hot water. It should be about a third full and should not be so hot that it hurts to touch the water. Your hands will need to be in the tub for a fair amount of time, so be aware of the temperature.
Step 2: Add about 1/4 cup of laundry detergent to the bathtub while the water is running. This will allow the detergent and water to mix.
Step 3: Put the hockey gear in the soapy water and make sure all of it is completely covered with water. Allow it to soak for 30 to 45 minutes.
Step 4: Drain the tub, clean out the soap, and then rinse all of the gear out with room-temperature water to get all of the detergent out of the gear.
Step 5: Squeeze the water out of any gear that you can, including the jersey, socks and other loose items. Hang all of the equipment on a dryer rack, a shower stall, a door or in a closet. Anything that cannot be hung up, prop up in the bathtub to dry properly.
Step 6: Spray the inside of your hockey bag with a disinfectant such as Lysol or Febreze, then wipe it dry. Make sure all of your gear is dry, then place it all back in your bag in a moisture free location.
Note: The above method is not suited for leather items like skates and gloves. Liners can be removed and washed. The rest of the skates and gloves should be sprayed with disinfectant. The palms of the gloves can be washed and dried.
If your player's equipment still has a stench that you can't get rid of or if you just feel like having the gear professional cleaned, please consider taking to Sentry Cleaners at 476 East Street in Chicopee, phone (413) 535-1234 or (413) 592-7291. Sentry has an "Esporta" cleaning machine designed to clean, sanitize and dry specialized gear such as hockey equipment.