golden knights foundation helps build sled hockey team #nocaps
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
more than 24 nhl teams have an affiliation with sled hockey programs. the golden knights foundation hopes to build more awareness among disabled people who want to engage in the sport of hockey – specifically sled hockey.
foundation president john coogan said he sees it as a way to bring a new sport to the community and wants to build both youth and adult programs.
coogan said one day the team can eventually be competitive.
so far, the golden knights foundation has donated about $20,000 and equipment to start building the team.
sal karimzada coaches on Sunday’s during practice. As a double amputee, karimzada has played about 20 years. he said sled hockey is much harder than wheelchair basketball and other sports for people with disabilities, but this challenge is worth it.
karimzada says he's played competitively on several sled hockey teams, but it was a tough sport to learn at first.
i almost gave up because it's such a hard sport. It's very demanding physically," karimzada said.
in the future, if there was a competitive team, it’s possible they could be affiliated with the vegas golden knights and become members of the pacific coast sled hockey league. However, even without the affiliation, there are more than 50 other teams that are not nhl sanctioned, including canadian teams, which could leave opportunities wide open for the future.
For more information on joining the team and participating at training sessions contact eric Eierdam: Eric@PrecisionOandP.com.