Saturday action at the first ever Western Regional Blind Hockey tournament at the Langley Sportsplex.

VIDEO: Langley hosts hockey tournament for the blind

Organizers hope to have the event included in the Paralympics



The first-ever Western Regional Blind Ice Hockey Tournament is underway at the Langley Sportsplex this weekend.

Teams were assembled with players from various communities, so they did not have team names, an organizer explained.

“It’s for bragging rights,” said Nick Beatty of the International Blind Ice Hockey Federation.

Competitors came from the Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey team which has people from across the lower mainland,  the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, Edmonton SeeHawks, Toronto Ice Owls, les Hiboux de Montreal, and Washington Wheelers Blind Hockey team

The first match on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. pitted the red and yellow teams against each other. Red won 8-7.

Games were scheduled for 5:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.

The sport is played by athletes whose level of vision ranges from legally blind (10 per cent vision or less)  to completely blind.

It is the first time the federation has staged a regional event in western Canada, part of its campaign to improve the profile of the sport with the ultimate aim of winning recognition from the Paralympics.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Mouat Mudder returns to Abbotsford

Second annual obstacle course race raises funds for Abbotsford Fire Department Charitable Society

RCMP target speeders between Abbotsford and Surrey in month-long blitz

Officers throughout the province launch Swoop campaign

Abbotsford working to ease building permit backlog: mayor

Mayor Henry Braun said tripling of applications has slowed down approval process

Spring/summer season of exhibits opens at The Reach

Opening reception on Thursday, May 23 at Abbotsford gallery-museum

Two week lock down lifted for Kent Institution

A search at the prison found nearly 26 grams of hashish and a cellphone

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Coquitlam RCMP release video in search for witness to crash that killed girl, 13

Witness is described as a slim Asian man with short, black hair, no facial hair and wearing glasses

Four rescued from Golden Ears mountain

Hikers from Surrey started out for Evans Peak at 6 p.m.

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Most Read