I am a Hockey Player

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Spotlight Player

Gia O’Groske

Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey

From Gia’s Mom:
Being part of the amazing sport of hockey has taught Gia about being a good teammate and that anything is possible if you put your mind to it! There are no boundaries! She is so motivated to become better and better and that is so fun to see!! Having Gia involved in hockey has shown us her competitive spirit and new drive to become the best! We have met lifelong friends who we consider Family and who we can relate to in so many ways as we all navigate through the different obstacle’s life throws our way. It has helped us, together, to learn more about the opportunities out there for our kids, and together we will continue to promote sports for kids with additional needs!!

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player

A: 5 years ago when I was 8 years old my Mom and I went to a practice to watch my friend Maci play hockey and to see if it looked like something I wanted to do. As soon as we got there coach Tony put me in a hockey sled….that night I went home with all of the equipment to become a hockey player and have been playing since.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?

A: It’s competitive and I love working hard to become better and better!! Going to tournaments, hanging out with my friends and staying up late is always a blast!

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?

A: I was invited into the locker room of the USA sled hockey women’s team and got to meet them all. I also got to meet all of the men’s USA hockey team.

Q: What is your greatest NON-Hockey related memory?

A: Going to wheelchair sports camp every summer at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch!! I met my idol Brynn there who was an Olympic sit-skiier. I have met so many friends and have made so many memories there every summer!

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?

A: My teammates mean a lot to me as they give me advice and encourage me to become a Bettee player. They are all really nice!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?

A: I like to hang out with friends , my brother, play Fortnite, downhill ski in the winter and just stay active!

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

A: Not even a question….Patrick Mahomes because he is sooooooooo cute.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?

A: Jake Middletown and Kirill Kaprizov!

Past Spotlight Players

Chris Ewald
Minnesota Warriors


For me it’s not necessarily what happens on the ice, but what happens off the ice. The connections built with players and coaches from other teams from both within the state, but outside the state as well. The connections have really translated on the ice, which makes the game that much more enjoyable when you can have those types of connections with people and have a game be both competitive and fun at the same time.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I started playing hockey when I was around 3-4 years old. I remember going to the pond down the street from my grandparents house pushing around a milk crate with my dad. We would also go to Gopher hockey games, which really drew my inspiration to become a hockey player.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: For me it’s not necessarily what happens on the ice, but what happens off the ice. The connections built with players and coaches from other teams from both within the state, but outside the state as well. The connections have really translated on the ice, which makes the game that much more enjoyable when you can have those types of connections with people and have a game be both competitive and fun at the same time.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: I’ve been fortunate to play for this long and every memory seems like the greatest. Just when you think you have a great memory in the bag something else pops out. I was fortunate to be part of a championship team at Hendy fest a couple years ago when we beat Colorado 2-1 in a shootout, the atmosphere there was electric. I was also part of a great locker room in Pittsburgh where we went in as the “B” team and ended up taking 2nd in the “A” bracket which was pretty cool. The other great memory was putting together a team in a tournament last year that the AHA Moose put on that benefits the Midwest Rett syndrome foundation. We all wore these purple Rapunzel themed jerseys because that’s Isabelles favorite character and it was awesome to see everyone come together to support their cause and skate on Isabelles behalf.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Too many to count, but if open skate doesn’t count as a hockey memory. I have a daughter named Isabelle that has a rare genetic condition called Rett syndrome that impairs her walking, speaking, etc.. I would have to say taking her on the ice for the first time for an open skate (not hockey) with the Saint Cloud group was probably one of the greatest days of my life, based on the fact that we were kind of struggling to find things to keep her happy, so we figured why not give it a shot. Izzy smiles every time she is on the ice now.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: The teammates I’ve skated with over time have become more of a family than anything. When I first started playing again a few years ago, I had no idea who anyone was other than the guy who recruited me to the program (Kevin Kroll, huge Gopher fan btw). Since the first event I participated in Mosinee, WI. basically everyone I have gotten to know has become more like family. I now have a group of teammates that I talk to on a regular basis while I travel for work, and it’s pretty entertaining.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: When not playing hockey, I like firing up the Pit Boss and trying to do smoke different things on it for everyone. I enjoy playing hockey in the basement with the kids. I also enjoy talking to the guys while I drive around for work brainstorming different ideas for events within the Warriors.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: I haven’t thought about that too much, but probably Robin Williams. Probably one of my favorite comedians growing up and loved his adaptability within every role he played.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: I would go Faber, Kaprizov, Fleury, Boldy, Middleton

Shawn Vriezen
Minnesota Wild Deaf/Hard of Hearing


I have always been an avid hockey fan since I was younger, and always on the outside looking in. The desire to learn and play had always been in the back of my head but never came to fruition until I was afforded the opportunity to play for Minnesota Wild Deaf Hockey. Along the way, I knew Deaf hockey players but always saw them as unicorns playing amongst mainstreamed programs with few chances to play amongst their Deaf peers on a consistent basis. Add that to the lack of a hockey program where I attended and played sports growing up. The opportunity was never quite there until I was told about the new Minnesota Wild Deaf Hockey team that was coming together. My spouse, BJ, who is also an avid hockey fan which fuels our profound connection happened to inquire about providing interpreting for the team ended up on the board. When I first learned about the team I was so excited for an opportunity that I had missed out on, only to find out that the team was welcoming of all ages and experience levels to play. I knew then that there was not a chance I would miss out on the opportunity to play, even though I had maybe skated enough times to count on one hand beforehand. The impact of being able to put on a pair of skates and pick up a stick and hit the ice with my Deaf peers of all ages, skills and communication levels is simply indescribable. I look forward to continuously being a part of this program and watching it span generations.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I have always been an avid hockey fan since I was younger, and always on the outside looking in. The desire to learn and play had always been in the back of my head but never came to fruition until I was afforded the opportunity to play for Minnesota Wild Deaf Hockey. Along the way, I knew Deaf hockey players but always saw them as unicorns playing amongst mainstreamed programs with few chances to play amongst their Deaf peers on a consistent basis. Add that to the lack of a hockey program where I attended and played sports growing up. The opportunity was never quite there until I was told about the new Minnesota Wild Deaf Hockey team that was coming together. My spouse, BJ, who is also an avid hockey fan which fuels our profound connection happened to inquire about providing interpreting for the team ended up on the board. When I first learned about the team I was so excited for an opportunity that I had missed out on, only to find out that the team was welcoming of all ages and experience levels to play. I knew then that there was not a chance I would miss out on the opportunity to play, even though I had maybe skated enough times to count on one hand beforehand. The impact of being able to put on a pair of skates and pick up a stick and hit the ice with my Deaf peers of all ages, skills and communication levels is simply indescribable. I look forward to continuously being a part of this program and watching it span generations.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Just simply being on the ice and taking it all in. Whether indoors on a rink or outside at a local rink. The freedom and mobility of skating, and exhilaration of the crisp air as my body heats up. There is just something about playing hockey when you’re exerting yourself physically and the icy air counteracts the rising body temperature. It always makes me feel like I can be on the ice forever. And most of all the camaraderie with coaches, teammates, friends and family. My brother Sonny’s, story is parallel to my own as well as one of my longest closest friend’s that I played football growing up, being reunited on the ice has been a connection that has come full circle. Beyond all that has been the presence of my spouse being there on the ice supporting us whether it’s interpreting or taking photos. Minnesota Wild Deaf Hockey is something special to experience.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Where do I even begin? I’ve had so many profound hockey memories so I’ll just list a few. Signing the national anthem at the Minnesota Wild’s first Winter Classic. There is just something powerful about performing in sign language while fireworks explode and jets fly overhead perfectly timed and orchestrated to my signed rendition of the anthem.

Putting on skates and skating on ice with the puck for the first time ever at the Minnesota Wild Deaf Hockey Open House and reliving that feeling every moment of ice time we have had since then. Most of all, being outside late at night playing for hours and hours with my spouse, friends and teammates.

Traveling to Sweden with BJ for the NHL Global Series in Stockholm. The very first game the Wild played the Senators. Of all the seats in the stadium in a stroke of fate, the two seats right next to us were occupied by two Deaf NHL fans from Hungary. They both communicated in Hungarian Sign Language and BJ and I in ASL, but I had picked up some skills in International Sign which is a linguistic tool that Deaf people use to communicate between different sign languages. We watched the game together and went out to eat at a Turkish restaurant. The owner of the restaurant happened to know some Turkish Sign Language and their restaurant also sponsored a Deaf Football (Soccer) Team in Stockholm. One of the Deaf Hungarians told us that he watches NHL games in the wee hours of the night and even had a tattoo of the NHL logo on his arm. We told them both about the Minnesota Wild Deaf Hockey program here and gave them both an open invitation to join!

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Even focusing on the past year along, it’s hard to choose one over the other with all the memorable experiences. I love traveling. My spouse has a knack of bringing dreams to fruition as I have an avid imagination that relegates me to cloud nine. One of my favorite memories was traveling to Colorado and Wyoming last fall. We rented a Jeep Wrangler with a built in rooftop tent and a slide out kitchen and fridge in the back. We ate so much good food, played a round of disc golf, let our competitive streak fly playing bubble hockey. We were even able to camp with one of my oldest and closest friends in Wyoming during the trip. On top of that we had the VIP experience seeing a concert with Gojira, Mastadon and Lorna Shore. One of my all time favorite metal bands is Gojira, based out of Bayonne, France. We were able to meet and get a photo with the band which was an unforgettable experience.

And upping the ante was our trip to Sweden and Norway where we rented an RV, traveling and camping in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Oslo, Norway. It was my first time driving an RV and our first time navigating a manual RV in a foreign country. In Oslo, we got to experience sweating in saunas built on modified pontoons and cold plunge into the frigid waters of the Norwegian Sea. Since then we have experienced saunas and cold plunges in Stockholm as well as recently in Duluth. It was our first time traveling internationally together and it’s something we look forward to doing again.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates are everything on the ice. Hockey is so much more fun with a team. Being able to pass pucks back and forth and take shots on the goalie in net. I absolutely love seeing the variety of ages and experiences on the ice and learning and growing together. Reconnecting with friends on the ice, skating with my brother and making new connections as our team grows.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to play board games, reading books, video games and PlayStation. Being outdoors camping whether it’s going off the grid in the Boundary Waters or glamping. Watching my niece and nephew play hockey. Going to Minnesota Wild and PWHL Minnesota games.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: I would probably pick Keanu Reeves. I’ve read stories that he would join hockey games throughout the years in between filming. It would be fun to play with him on the ice and just hang out.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: I actually named our pug, Lord Stanley Cup “Diesel” Boogard after one of my favorite Wild players, Derek Boogard. It’s difficult to pick but offhand, Kaprizov, Eriksson Ek, Gaudreau, Hartman and Faber. Dumba is also one of my longtime favorites and the experience at Dumba’s Hockey Without Limits, especially skating on the ice with him. Just brings so much energy skating with him on the ice.

Tim Michaels
Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: Going to see the Breck boys hockey team play so that inspired me to play ice hockey myself

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Meeting, new friends

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Going to see Josie play in Colorado in 2008

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Going to watch f1rst wrestling at the mall of America rotunda

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: They mean a lot because you can learn from one another as teammates

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: Going on walks and hanging with my cat Mystic

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Joe Sakic and Wayne Gretzky, because they are two of the best players of all time

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Marc-Andre Fleury

Randy Johnson
Minnesota Wild Special Hockey – Plymouth

From Randy’s Dad –

Randy has had great difficulty throughout his life communicating with others and making friends even though he loves to be around other people. Athletically, he had already had a few years of karate, was a good swimmer and we would also ride bicycle together, often for long distances. He was developing decent physical skills and stamina so we started thinking about a team sport for him but knew that regular team sports would be a challenge. Then we saw a notice in our local paper (remember local paper delivery?) about Minnesota Special Hockey registration and after reading up on it a bit we knew right away that was what we were looking for. This could be a perfect opportunity to have Randy enjoy a team sport that he could participate in at his own level. Plus he might have opportunities to work on communication skills but at the very least we suspected that he would just enjoy being around others. It has turned out to be wonderful for Randy for me as well.
Randy started out with the Burnsville Special Hockey team for a few years where Randy gradually developed his skating and hockey game skills as a skater, usually on defense. As he grew close to my height we tried my goaltending gear on him and he took to that pretty well, too. Since he prefers to skate out he is perfect for a team that has a regular goaltender since he can skate out most of the time but fill in and tend goal when the regular goalie cannot make it. We followed coach Mike as he attempted to form a Southwest Metro team but after we couldn’t draw enough players to the new team we merged with Plymouth, where Randy continues to play.
Randy likes to score goals, like anyone else, but he is also unselfish and passes the puck to teammates readily. His verbal communication is still mostly simple on the ice, which is all most players have time for actually, but he is able to make it known if he is open for a pass or to give a head up to a teammate about where the puck or the action is. He continues to enjoy practices but like every other player especially enjoys games.
The Special Hockey experience has been rewarding for me as well. As I have played competitive hockey nearly my entire life, I volunteered from the start to be an on-ice volunteer. Often working with the team’s goalies but also generally helping in any way that I could. It was a blast helping players that needed extra help improve at whatever pace they could. It is such a great feeling to help a player with challenges take whatever step forward they can achieve in their hockey skills! I enjoyed this so much that it didn’t take me long to say yes to the offer to become the Plymouth coach last year when the position opened up.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I became a hockey player in 2016 (I think). I had enjoyed karate but wanted to try a team sport. My dad is a hockey player so if I played hockey he could help me.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I like to skate and play in games with all of the other players

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: I got two goals in a game and my coach gave me the game puck with my name on it

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: I had fun traveling to Japan to see my grandparents and also my sister who was teaching English there

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: I always enjoy skating with my teammates in practice and in games. I also celebrated birthdays together with a teammate (same week birthday) from my first MSH team at Mall of America for a few years and did other events together

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to ride my bicycle and I also like karate where I have a 3rd degree black belt. I also love attending Minnesota Independence College and Community (MICC) where I am in my second year.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Matt Bellamy of the band Muse. Muse is my favorite band and I enjoyed their concert this past February at the Target Center

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: I like defense and this year my favorite player is Brock Faber. My favorite player last year was Matt Dumba because it was fun to attend his Hockey Without Limits event last February. Unfortunately, he doesn’t play for the Wild this year.

Maci Mauch
Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey

Hockey has improved our emotional well-being more than can be expressed in words. Being “different” often means being excluded from things “normal” kids can do, but sled hockey opened up a whole world of inclusivity and opportunities. Maci has formed some of her best friendships on the ice at our Sunday practices and games and gotten so many fun opportunities through the experience. She deals with many adversities day to day but can leave those behind for the time she is able to play with kids just like her. Her self-esteem, confidence, and overall enjoyment of life have been boosted more than we could have ever hoped, while her stress, anxiety, and tension disappear the second she gets in that rink. Maci is so proud to be a part of the Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey team and loves telling everyone about it. From fun events like the Hendrickson Foundation Hockey Festival and the Hendrickson Foundation Hockey Combine to the traveling games across the Midwest, she has been able to do all the things she always watched able-bodied kids get to participate in and more!

As a parent, seeing her light up because of these opportunities is everything I could’ve asked for. It also gives us as parents a whole world of connections and resources to reach out to when I’m struggling or need advice. Being able to help newer parents as well as get advice from some of the vets has been amazing and would’ve never happened for me or these other families without this team. We are like our own little family and wouldn’t miss a Sunday practice for the world. This experience has been so positive in every aspect for not only the players but the families. I cannot thank all those who are involved in making Maci’s hockey experience exceptional.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: The pandemic jump started my hockey career… When wheelchair basketball and adaptive skiing were shut down due to covid, I was bored. I needed something active to do. For many years, I turned down the opportunity to try sled hockey. I never, in a million years, imagined myself as a hockey player.

One Sunday afternoon, I went to watch the Wild Sled Hockey team practice. Before I knew it, I was fitted for a sled and pushed out on the ice. It was challenging and way more fun than I had imagined.
That day, I became a hockey player! My mom’s van has never smelled better! My biggest regret was not starting sooner!

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Winning, of course! My teammates, they are so awesome. We have so much fun on and off the ice.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Making my first and second career goal in front of all my North Dakota relatives at the Hope Hockey Tournament.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Being named to the “All Tournament Team” for the State Adapted Softball State Tournament 2023.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates mean everything to me, they are like family! It’s not only about the games we play, it’s about the friendships we build on and off the ice.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I love to play with my dogs and hang out with friends. My favorite thing to do is cheer for my dad and his teammates playing Old Man fast pitch softball.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: James Spader, I enjoyed watching him on my favorite series BlackList.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Matt Boldy #12, Jake Middleton #5, Marc-André Fleury #29

Jeremy Koelln
Minnesota Warriors St. Cloud

My teammates mean everything to me and my family. The thing about your teammates is that they start out as just that…teammates. But along the way, the bond continues to grow off the ice and away from the rink. Hockey families start to spend more time together, your kids become friends with their kids, and now you’re not just going to hockey practice or seeing them during the hockey season, but your making travel plans and your planning events during the offseason. Your teammates become some of your closest friends and at the end of the day, they become family.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I started playing hockey around the age of 5 or 6 years old. I remember going to open skate and seeing the older kids playing and wanted to join. My dad grew up playing hockey so it wasn’t too hard to get his support and follow in his footsteps. My mom on the other hand, was more hesitant and really pushed for me to join Karate. It all came down to the goalies and the cool helmets they wore. Growing up in Hutchinson, Minnesota, the high school mascot was the Hutchinson Tigers and the high school goalie at the time had the coolest helmet. With my dad also being a goalie, it inspired me to also be a goalie and be able to wear a sweet helmet while in the net!

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: What do I love most about the greatest game on earth? I love the calm before the storm, the nerves before a big game, the locker room laughs, the bond that it creates between teammates, and the life-long friendships it brings. This game is just a game, but when you encompass all the extra things, like the sound of the puck hitting a crossbar, the sound of the skates cutting in on fresh ice, the smell of the popcorn in the lobby, and the smell of your gear it really is all pretty special and truly is the most amazing sport.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Having the opportunity to play this game for the past 30 years has been pretty special and truly a blessing. All the long car rides, the early morning practices that all the parents disliked, spending all weekend at the outdoor rinks skating and playing whoever showed up, all the hotel adventures and playing knee hockey in the hotel hallways, seeing your loved one travel to watch you play, and winning a Junior Gold State championship…I don’t have a single greatest memory, but a lifetime of memories and having the ability to continue my hockey career with the MN Warriors is pretty special.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: I’m not sure if this a memory, but more so what this game can do off the ice. The game I love bring teams and communities together. It unites even the biggest rivals. Players across the state, country, and even across the world come together when players are in need, when a family experiences a loss, or even when something truly tragic happens. No other sport comes together when facing adversity the way the Hockey Community comes together.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammate mean everything to me and my family. The thing about your teammates is that they start out as just that…teammates. But along the way, the bond continues to grow off the ice and away from the rink. Hockey families start to spend more time together, your kids become friends with their kids, and now you’re not just going to hockey practice or seeing them during the hockey season, but your making travel plans and your planning events during the offseason. Your teammates become some of your closest friends and at the end of the day, they become family.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: When our family isn’t at the rink, you can find us at the softball diamond, hosting pool parties in the backyard, and having bonfires with our kids and friends.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: I would have loved to meet Robin Williams. I am a huge fan of all of his movies and his stand-up comedy. Just his take on life, how he saw the world, and all the joy he brought to it. He was truly one-of-a-kind.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Marc Andre Fleury, Jake Middleton, Kirill Kaprizov, and Marcus Foligno.

Brady Hadfield
Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey

From Brady’s Parents:
Learning how to play hockey has opened a whole new world for Brady. Being able to be a part of a team has been so fulfilling for him and for us to observe his increased confidence, leadership and thoughtfulness for other players. Brady has a big heart, he is kind, caring and passionate about helping others. His character is infectious. Brady has always been a very positive young man, but to see him on the ice and see his energy playing this game with other teammates who are blind or visually impaired has been so rewarding. We are extremely proud parents watching him learn and grow in ways he has never had the opportunity otherwise to be a part of without Diversified Hockey. Brady is the epitome of how Hockey changes lives as it gave him the opportunity to have a sense of belonging with a team. As parents it is wonderful to see his positive attitude, enthusiasm and excitement for hockey on and off the ice. Hockey has played a significant role in his life, it has helped fuel his passion for a future career in sports marketing. We are incredibly thankful to the Hendrickson Foundation, Diversified hockey and the Minnesota Wild for their dedication and support to create opportunities for everyone.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I started listening to the MN Wild hockey games and learning about the sport of hockey. When I found out there was a MN Wild Blind hockey team I thought it was really cool that there was a team for the blind and visually impaired. I really wanted to be a part of a team of people that also have visual impairments like me. I joined the MN Wild Blind Hockey team in October of 2021.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: What I love most about playing hockey is that it is a sport everyone can play. I love the atmosphere of the rink, it doesn’t matter where I play as long as I am on the ice. I love the coolness of the rink, and there is something about the slight chill of the arena, that makes me want to get out on the ice to skate, play hockey and be with my team. I also enjoy spending time with my hockey teammates and players from around the country at Blind Hockey tournaments.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: My greatest hockey memory so far is receiving a Diversified Hockey Grant at the Minnesota Hockey banquet this year. I wrote a letter describing what hockey means to me and how I would like to use the grant to start a transportation fund for my teammates. Individuals who are blind or visually impaired often rely on public transportation to attend practice and tournaments. With this fund my goal is to reimburse some costs to help make hockey practices easier to attend for my teammates who are blind or visually impaired.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Some of my greatest memories are spending time with my family. As a family we like to go camping and exploring National Parks, boating, fishing, attending sports events, playing board games, dice games, celebrating holidays, birthdays and just hanging out with friends and family.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: When it comes to hockey, my teammates mean everything to me. They give me a sense of belonging and friendship. One of the things I like most about our team is that we cheer for one another and we all support each other on and off the ice. I like how we work together, we have a mutual understanding of how to use our senses to locate the puck and score.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: When I am not playing hockey, I love to spend time with my friends and family. I like listening to professional sports games, listening to sports related audio books and touring different sports arenas. I like to research sports teams, scores and information about players. In the future I want to attend college and I hope to have a career in sports marketing.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: If I could meet anyone in the world I would love to meet Sidney Crosby. He is a great player, a respected leader in hockey and leads by example. He has been the captain of 3 Stanley cup winning teams and he helped Canada win the Olympic gold medal. Like me, he loves history, doughnuts and donates his time to charity. Sidney Crosby has contributed to the entire hockey community in the U.S. and Canada through the Sidney Crosby Foundation.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Kirill Kaprizov, Matt Dumba, Marcus Foligno and Marc Andre Fleury are some of my favorite players amongst many great players on the Minnesota Wild hockey team.

Chad Daniels
Minnesota Warriors, Duluth/Iron Range

Through the Minnesota Warriors program I found the Brotherhood I lost after getting out of the service. I reconnected with guys who I served with and found a place that felt comfortable and a place I could talk to other Veterans who understand what I am going through. I try to use my story to help as many as I can to change their lives. Hockey truly does CHANGE LIVES!!!

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: As far back as I can remember I was a rink rat playing at the ODR in Wabana (20mi North of Grand Rapids) I loved lacing up the
skates, the warming chatter, the cold on my face.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Hockey is my release for my mental health. In 2018 I was struggling really bad with my mental health and a drug addiction to the point I no longer wanted to walk amongst this world. Almost 5yrs drug free now and 1yr in the MN Warriors Hockey Program I found the Brotherhood I lost after getting out of the service. I reconnected with guys who I served with and found a place that felt comfortable and a place I could talk to other Veterans who understand what I am going through. I try to use my story to help as many as I can to change their lives. Hockey truly does CHANGE LIVES!!!

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: My shutout against St Louis last year at the Hendy after not playing for 14yrs!!! It was the most incredible feeling ever!!!

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Anytime I got to watch my 2 boys play sports through school

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: They are my best friends! My confidantes! My go to if I need to talk! They are greatest guys ever!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: Golf, Hunt, Fish, work… definitely in that order

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: George S Patton!!!

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Fluery and Gustavson what a dynamic duo of Tendies!!!!

Liam Cunningham
Minnesota Wild Sled and USA Mens Development Team

I grew up in a hockey family playing “stand up hockey”. I played up until I was diagnosed with a bone disorder causing me to have to quit hockey. A year later I then found sled hockey and I’ve been hooked since. Sled hockey has impacted my life tremendously in many ways. I have always been a competitor and when that was taken from me I was devastated. Sled hockey brought competitive opportunities back into my life and I’ve met many great people along the way.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I grew up in a hockey family playing “stand up hockey”. I played up until I was diagnosed with a bone disorder causing me to have to quit hockey. A year later I then found sled hockey and I’ve been hooked since.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: The speed of the game and team work.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Winning the 2018 National tournament in Chicago.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Catching my first musky while fishing with my dad.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates are my brothers and have made connections on and off the ice for 7 years now.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I love to fish, hunt and swing the golf clubs.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Kirk Cousins because he is a great influence and a great football player.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Jonas Brodin

Tasha Feigh
Minnesota Wild Special Hockey, Maple Grove

From Tasha’s Mom:
It was the fall of 2018 when Tasha came to me and said she wanted to play hockey! A couple of her girlfriends were on the team and wanted Tasha to join. My comment to Tasha was “but you don’t know how to skate”! Tasha said they would teach her. She had never even been on skates before. So, we went to a practice and talked to coach, and she said yes, they would help her to skate. So I said okay! We went out and got her hockey skates and off she went! She fell a lot but kept getting back up. Her friends helped her at the Maple Grove ice loop and gave her suggestions and encouraged her. A few weeks later I found myself on a long bus ride to Toronto so Tasha could skate with her team in the tournament.

We have always encouraged Tasha to try new things and not hold her back. Tasha came to us a few years back and said she wanted to join the Special Olympics gymnastics team! I asked her if she was sure because she was terrified of heights. She said she wanted to try so we signed her up. In the summer of 2018 Tasha was part of the USA gymnastics team that went to Seattle to compete in the USA Special gymnastics tournament! She came home with 5 medals, all silver or gold! Yes, she is still afraid of heights, but she will push herself despite this.

Tasha has been involved in Special Olympics since she was about 7 or 8 and has tried most of the sports. This past summer she was again able to participate in the USA Special Olympic games in Orlando, Florida in half-court basketball. She came home with a gold medal! Tasha was also very active in the high school adaptive program at her high school from grades 7 through 12 and then was a student coach the following three years. Tasha was awarded the Athena award her senior year in high school. Tasha was the first adapted athlete in her school to win that award. She also won female athlete of the year as a senior for the school.

Tasha has made so many wonderful friends through her sports that will be lifelong friends. They are all so supportive of each other. I, too, have made so many great friends through Tasha’s sports. Tasha came to us at age 13 months old and couldn’t crawl or talk. She didn’t walk or talk until 3. She used sign language to communicate and a little walker to get around our house. So to see her now doing all her sports always amazes me. She is a great advocate for adults with disabilities and gets on as many committees as she can to help promote this. Her dad and I have loved watching the progress Tasha has made on the ice. We see her confidence in her skills improving and always trying to improve herself in her skating skills. Everyone we have met through special hockey and the Hendrickson Foundation has been warm and welcoming. What a great organization.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: so before I got on skates my friend Maggie said I should join MN Special hockey but we weren’t really sure on it because I have never skated in my life so we talked to some people and were able to get in touch with a team . and able to watch a Jamboree and were able to ask questions. But what was funny was I actually started in a game before I practice because I started in the middle of the season because of the coaching staff in 2018 when started i was able to pick it up and learn new thing every year and enjoy the sport as well

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: that my friends encourage me in every way and also they always Always there to support each other. also one of the reasons why I love playing hockey i also play hockey to teach people that girls can like boy sports and even rock at doing that. and that i just fell in love with all the aspects and even other thing too and

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: One of my favorite hockey memories was our long bus trip to Toronto to play in the special hockey tournament. I met so many people and had so much fun. Also I love the Hendrickson Foundation tournament in Blaine! It is such a fun weekend we even did a cup stacking competition and that was amazing.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: one year for Christmas in a box under the Christmas tree my mom and dad gave me and my sister Amber front row tickets to Disney on Ice and the faces on me and sisters face was priceless and they I went to Seattle for the the special Olympics USA Games and also another one of my non hockey memories was me and my mom and dad and and my sister amber and we went to see the greatest showmen in the movie theater and that movie was amazing and the songs were like people with disability’s or just people that were just different trying to be heard but found people that then and understood.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: my team mates mean the world to me because they support me when it just a day or give me suggestions or even make me feel like a family and that my friends on the team courage me in what I do. Always there to support each other.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: when I’m not playing hockey one of the many thinking you will find me doing Special Olympics Sports , hanging out with friends , or crocheting or even going to the movies or a sporting game i love to go bowling going to sporting events. and coloring and all sorts of other fun stuff too.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: some of the people that i would love to meet is carry underwood and also maybe mat dumba they both are true and the nicest people you could ever meet and that’s my why and that I would also like how the Minnesota teams included the wild have the nicest players ever

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Matt Dumba is one of my favorite hockey players Because he is the nicest players you could ever meet also he dose a hockey camp that’s called Dumba’s Hockey without limits hockey camp that we can sign up to participate in and is one of my and my teammates favorite thing to do every year

Paige Downey
Minnesota Wild Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey

From Paige’s Parents:
Sports in general and hockey specifically have helped Paige to develop self-confidence and strengthened her perseverance skills. To be a good hockey player, it takes lots of practice and hard work. You can’t coast and expect to get better or even stay competitive.

It is easy for people to assume Paige’s hearing loss isn’t as severe as it is because she is so good at compensating, picking up visual cues and filling in gaps. Another common misconception is that hearing aids bring hearing levels similar to those of her fully hearing peers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. With each new team and/or coach, Paige has to be an advocate for herself to help her teammates and coaches recognize the communication barriers and accommodate her, like getting her attention before saying something or coaches using the FM system. Even little things like knowing how to skate forward when her name is announced for a starting lineup can be challenging in a noisy arena. Great teammates and coaches make all the difference (you know who you are and we are very grateful).

Hockey is also a great outlet for Paige to physically work hard, challenge herself and relieve some stress when she has a tough day. She has learned to compensate for her hearing loss with great vision on the ice and the ability to see open players. We are proud of Paige as a player but also as a person and we look forward to supporting her throughout her hockey journey.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I was introduced to hockey when I was 2 years old. My dad would shoot pucks in the garage at our house in Charlotte, NC. He gave me a cut down stick and a tennis ball and I was hooked. I didn’t play organized hockey until I was 6 and participated in the White Bear Lake Clinic (Learn to play hockey) program.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I love the fact that hockey requires so many skills. Endurance, stick handling, finesse, footwork, strategy and strength to be competitive. I like the thrill of making a great play,- whether it is beating a goalie on a breakaway or a sauce pass to a teammate.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Currently, my favorite hockey memory is going to state with my 12U team. It was a fun group of girls and we played great as a team.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: My greatest non-hockey memory is going to Shanghai, China as a 4 year old, while my mom worked on her MBA. I was able to travel and interact with lots of people from many countries. Having traveled so far, it makes the world seem smaller and less intimidating. I can go anywhere and do anything with nothing holding me back.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates feel like family because we have to work together to be successful. We have each other’s backs and stick up for each other.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: When I don’t have hockey, I like to read, draw and chill out with my family.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: If I could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? I’m not sure. Maybe a scientist that is working to understand the role genetics play in hearing.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Who is my favorite Wild player? I think Kaprisov has great footwork and stick handling and is even better with Zuccarello because he sees the ice so well and makes great plays.

Nick Cossalter
Minnesota Warriors, Iron Range

What I love most about playing for the Warriors is meeting other disabled veterans who love the game as much as I do. Proving that just because you have a disability, we won’t let it stop us from playing a game we all love. And the family bond we create by having to work together as a team. My teammates are like my family. When deployed overseas away from family it’s hard, so your fellow battle buddies become another family – having to trust them with your life, grows a bond that never leaves you. Playing with the MN Warriors and having those same people as your teammates, always looking out for each other, is the best feeling ever.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I started skating by the time I was 2 years old. Hockey has
always been a part of my family. My grandpa Clem Cossalter won the first MN high school hockey tournament with Eveleth in 1945 and then in 47-48 won the first NCAA championship with Michigan. My dad Cal was the assistant captain with the MN Gophers in 1974 when they won their first ever NCAA championship and he’s currently the President of the United States Hockey Hall of fame.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Meeting other disabled veterans that love the game as much as I do. Proving that just because you have a disability, we won’t let it stop us from playing a game we all love. The family bond we create and having to work together as a team.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Playing for Eveleth-Gilbert as a sophomore in 1998 helping the team win the Iron Range Conference and MN State High School hockey championship.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: That would be meeting my daughter for the first time when she was 3 months old. I was deployed to Iraq/Kuwait when she was born. I sat by the phone for 17 hours in Kuwait waiting to hear the news if it was a girl or boy. She was born in September and I didn’t have leave until December. I got 2 weeks to go home and finally meet her instead of watching her over Skype, then I went back to Kuwait for another 3 plus months, so I was gone for the first 6 plus months of her life which was the hardest thing but greatest memory.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates are like my family. When deployed overseas away from family its hard, so your fellow battle buddies become another family having to trust them with your life growing a bond that never leaves you. Playing with the MN Warriors and having those same people as your teammates, always looking out for each other I think is the best feeling ever.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to spend time with my 2 amazing daughters, swimming, fishing, wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, anything outdoors. I’m also a volunteer firefighter and first responder with the Clinton township fire department, along with being the MN Wounded Warriors Recruiting Director.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Wayne Gretzky. He was my biggest inspiration growing up.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Kirill Kaprizov. It’s hard to pick just one because they are all great players.

Mason Hansen
MN Wild Special Hockey

From Mason’s parents: The Hendrickson Foundation and Minnesota Special Hockey have given Mason the opportunity to play a sport that he absolutely loves and be a part of the larger Minnesota hockey community. Being able to practice, play in games, attend tournaments, and participate in special events have all brought a lot of joy to his life.

As parents it has been wonderful to see his reaction to so many different opportunities and all of the happiness and confidence it has brought him. Anytime he scores a goal he has the biggest smile on his face and you can see how much this means to him. It’s not an exaggeration to say that hockey has had a significant impact on him and has helped to shape many aspects of his life and his future. Mason is currently a team manager for the Shakopee High School hockey team, and he would like to pursue being a manager at the college and professional level for his career!

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I started when I was 7 years old. I always loved watching NHL games and watching my older brother play hockey. I wasn’t able to play with other kids my age because I had a stroke while my mom was pregnant with me. We were looking for options for me to play and my parents found the Minnesota Special Hockey League.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I enjoy playing the sport I love with other people who also love the game. When I first started I was the smallest guy on the ice and now that I’m older it’s cool to see how many young kids are playing now.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: When the Wild were playing in the Stadium Series in 2016 they played outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium. After the game I got to go out on the ice and skate with my team. I also got to skate in Da Beauty League a few times and skate with NHL players who were practicing in the off season.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Going up to the lake cabin every summer over the 4th of July and hanging out with my family.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates are hard workers who have a passion for hockey, and there are a lot of fun personalities on the team. Every player is facing different obstacles to play hockey and it’s cool to see the overcome their challenges.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: Hang out with friends and family.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Wayne Gretzky because it would be cool to meet the greatest hockey player ever.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Kirill Kaprizov

Nash Walicke
MN Wild Sled Hockey

From Nash’s Mom: Playing for the MN Wild Sled Hockey team has been such a life changing experience for Nash. It’s challenged him to step out of his comfort zone and helped him gain greater independence. It’s inspired him to work harder and try new things. He has learned from and been encouraged by his teammates and it motivates him. He’s achieved a sense of belonging that he didn’t have before. He is at his happiest when he’s on the ice with his team. For us as his parents, watching Nash be so committed and inspired by the sport and his team has been a gift. This community, this hockey family, has enriched all our lives and we are so grateful for the people and organizations that have given our son the opportunity to participate and belong.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.

A: I tried sled hockey when I was younger but I took a break and came back last year. I just loved it ever since I started. I live in a hockey town, my friends at school play and my dad played. I wanted to be a part of a team.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Having fun, meeting new friends, adrenaline, the wind in my face. It’s just really fun to be on the ice.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Hendrickson Foundation Hockey Festival 2022 getting my first and second shut out.

Q: What is your greatest NON-Hockey related memory?
A: Visiting San Diego Zoo through Make-A-Wish.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: They are supportive, kind, thoughtful and generous. It’s great to be on a team with kids like me that have some of the same challenges. I’m just like everyone else. I’ve always wanted to be on a sports team.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to fish, go to the movies, play video games and street hockey.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Kirill Kaprizov and Marc Andre Fleury because they are really great players. They make me want to be a better hockey player.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Kirill Kaprizov and Marc Andre Fleury

Winnie Orson
MN Wild Blind Hockey

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: My mom heard about the team from my vision teacher. My mom was ex- cited about it and called Coach Lonny. My dad played hockey when he was young, so he liked the idea too. They brought me. I started when I was five years old. I couldn’t skate and I used a walker to help me. I thought the ice was so slippery and I didn’t like it, but I kept trying. Now I can skate and make goals.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I really like slipping and falling. It was scary when I was little but now it’s good. I learned to get back up by myself.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: I have fun. I like hockey “supermans.” Coach Tim showed me how. And I really like cupcakes after hockey.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: I really like getting presents!

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: I like my teammates. I know there are blind like me and I like that. I can hear them skate by me and sometimes we all shoot goals together. I like it when we get new teammates because I really like talking to everyone. I’m the youngest and still learning to skate. I know someday that we will all play more together.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to play at home with my bird, Feathers. I do dance and cheerleading too. Cheerleading is better because I like the pompons and we do stunts. I play with my brother, and we build forts with blocks, chairs, and blankets. On the weekend, my mom lets us sleep in the forts.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Coach Lonny. He’s the best.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: I think the Wild are good. I really like playing with my Wild hockey gear. I feel proud! But I like girl players. I guess I’m a Whitecaps fan.

Mia Carson
Alaska Warriors

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I became a hockey player as an adult and after I became a mom. I thought hockey might be the way to go for my daughters, so I got involved for them. I started off just as a parent helper, then soon became an assistant coach (Don’t be wowed, it was ages 4-7). I was told at that age, it was my job to just ensure the kids loved it, I could do that. I need‐ ed to learn more skills, because the kids were getting better, and You‐ Tube was soon not enough. I then became intentional about finding a team/ place where I could learn hockey, to be a better coach. Long story shorten, by the time I started to feel comfortable, my kids lost interest, however, I had found a place where oddly not only did I enjoy, but felt I could belong.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I originally had a small love of the game, but the more I learned about this “Game of Hockey” the more I became smitten and intrigued with how this was a GAME FOR EVERYONE… I mean ANYONE could play this game, which I think contributed to why and how I felt I belonged. Hockey is game, but also an invite into community.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: I am not sure I will ever have a more amazing hockey memory than my first trip to Minneapolis in 2021, Hendrickson Foundation, National Hockey Festival Tournament. Not only was I exposed to the most diverse group of athletes, but I was also privileged to be in an assemblage of Military Veterans, their families and coaches. That journey started with second guessing attending the tournament, just a few weeks beforehand because I did not want to be the weakest link and cost my team a win. That journey ended with not only a team tournament win in our division (fantastic last game), but I was nominated and received the Valor Salute Award. The whole experience opened doors I never knew existed, made connections that were healthy, and I got to know my team better. I explained my experience to people as “magical”, just thinking about it brings the biggest the smile.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: I cannot think of one single greatest memory, I have such a full and blessed life. From the birth of my kids, to serving in my community, to going on new adventures with family and friends. The common contributor in these greatest memories are those I share with my family, they separate the good from the great.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates… I would not openly share this in the locker room…or earshot…
They have created such a safe and fun environment for me. Although I always say I am the unicorn, they very much make me feel like I belong and never less than. They are encouraging, talented, great teachers, mentors, and strong hockey players. There is no way I would want to play hockey without them. Their jokes could use some work, but their hearts are amazing, and they have made me a better hockey player. They are a good balance between annoying brother and strong warriors, I am glad they are on this journey with me.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: When I am not playing hockey, I am enjoying my time as a mom (I am all in, I love my kids), active church member (sing, work production, lead a life group), serving in my community, burst out in random song, building charcuterie boards to gift to people, taking a class or maintaining my certifications, taking pictures or planning an adventure. I will also add, I enjoy skating outside on a beautiful outdoor rink 3 min from my house, it is very peaceful to have the rink to myself at sunrise and sunset, aircraft flying over… just makes me smile, look up and love America!

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: If I could meet anyone, it would be Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, born Rachel Meghan Markle. My daughters adore her and literally see themselves in her. To have her meet our family, my kids would be over the moon.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: I am borrowing a favorite Kirill Kaprizov

Tyler Graves
MNSH New Hope

Since Tyler was just a toddler he loved the sport of hockey. We put him in open skating and early on learned that he would probably never be able to play regular hockey. When MNSH came into our lives we were very ex- cited. Tyler has learned to be a better friend and a more caring person because of MNSH. As he got older he has had some issues with his tem- per on the ice and his friends and teammates have helped him be a bet- ter player. He has had many opportunities to do things that we could never had imagined he would be able to do so we are very grateful for everyone who has made this program a success!

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I started playing hockey in 2007 when I was 12 years old. I friend of mine at school played for MNSH there first year and knew I LOVED hockey and asked my mom if I would be interested in playing. I started with the Blaine team, moved to the Rogers team a few years later and now I am on the New Hope team because my mom in the manager of that team. My mom never thought I would be able to play hockey to I am very glad that MNSH came into our lives so I could play the game I LOVE to watch.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I love being part of a team and I love to score!!!

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Getting to skate between periods at the MN Wild Game and attending the Commvault Event and the Xcel Center. I also LOVE to participate in the year end trip to the Disabled Hockey Tournament every year.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Going to Dollywood with my family this last summer and visiting family in West Virginia.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My Teammates are my best friends and they remind me that we are all here to have fun and to try my best. Sometimes I forget and get a little frustrated and they remind me to do my best.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to bowl, go to movies and spend time hanging out with my friend George. We like to watch hockey and play NHL 2022 together.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: I love meeting different hockey players. I really do not have a favorite.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Mikko Koivi and Jason Zucker

Rosie Cappelleri
Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey

Hockey gives Rosie a sport to play, something to look forward to, to be included and be part of a team, to be ‘one of the hockey players’, to have something to talk about with others, to hang out with kids similar to her and have so much in common. Rosie looks forward to playing hockey every day once our pond freezes! We had no idea how much she would love it. We also had no idea of the inviting, welcoming and loving Hockey family that Rosie (& our whole family) would be involved in with the Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey team and Hendrickson Foundation! We are forever grateful.

A cute Rosie story…..in one of Rosie‘s first games in 2016, she was out on the ice playing defense, guarding the goal and she tipped over in her sled IN the goalie net. From the stands, all we could see were her pink boots in the sled but no Rosie. Mom walked (ok, she ran) over to the bench fearing that Rosie would be crying. Rosie was FAR from that. She had the biggest smile on her face and she said “I hit the guy!” She was having a blast! Hockey makes life so fulfilling! Hockey is for everyone!!

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: Coach Tony Lang knew my dad from high school and knew he played hockey. We are a huge hockey family, 4 players & 2 hockey enthusiasts. Coach Tony asked my parents if I wanted to play too. I started October 1, 2016 when I was 6 years old. I loved it the minute I got on the ice!

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I love pushing myself (without a sled pusher behind me helping me push my sled) and I love touching the puck. I also like being on the ice with my team. A cute Rosie comment from this last weekend in November 2021. “Mom, I touched the puck at practice! I reached out my stick and got it! Are you so proud of me? I liked touching the puck!” [This is huge for Rosie. There were several years that went by that Rosie has not want‐ ed to touch the puck. She would get out in her sled and skate just fine but she was too scared to touch the puck. Not any more…..!!]

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: I love being with my team! I also loved when I was playing in a game in Wisconsin and I scored my first goal!

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: My family and I went downhill skiing at Winter Park in Colorado for Springbreak 2021 and I skied with the National Sports Center for the Dis‐ abled. This was my first time and I loved it!

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: They are my friends. I really like them. I was the only girl on the whole team for the first several years and now there are girls playing like me too!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to skate around on my pond! I also like to watch hockey.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: I would meet with my friend Maci from my hockey team because she is so nice!

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: I don’t know. I like all of them.

Curtis Wilson | U.S. Navy Veteran
Minnesota Warriors, St. Cloud

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I started hockey when I was about 6 years old. I tried wrestling and basketball and didn’t like those much. My mom then dropped off my brother and I at the outdoor ice over Christmas Break, and I was soon spending every day there. Thanks Mom! 🙂

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: What I love the most is the camaraderie whether in the locker room, on the bus to and from games or on the ice with my brothers and sisters in arms. The MN Warrior program allows us regain the brotherhood and purpose again. To see my warriors brothers and sisters smile when they step onto the ice is incredible.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: I wish I could just name one, but there were few that were very memorable. Winning the ACHA Div 1 National Championship in 1994, the Warrior A Division National Championship in 2018 & 2019 and recently being awarded the 2021 USA Hockey Disabled Athlete of the Year are my greatest hockey memories.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: There are a few, but definitely being a father of 7 awesome kids is at the top. As well as the tears, joys, sadness, pain and excitement that comes along with it. I also can’t forget the day that I flew out of Iraq back to Kuwait in 2003 in a Blackhawk with the Admiral of the Seabee’s, Charles Kubic.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates are very close to me and we treat each other like family. They are my battle buddies and to have that brotherhood and camaraderie is truly an awesome thing while keeping us grounded without judgement.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I enjoy spending time with my wife and 7 kids. Whether it be camping, hiking or just taking a road trip. Those memories are truly priceless.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Chesty Puller. He was the most decorated Marine in history, and the only Marine to receive five Navy Crosses. He is a true Hero.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Derek Boogaard and Darby Hendrickson

Kendall Thiede
Minnesota Special Hockey, New Hope

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I first became a hockey player when I played with Armstrong Youth Hockey Association. I started playing hockey in first grade.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I like playing hockey to have fun and get to know other players of different skill levels.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: My greatest hockey memory was playing in the Hendrickson Foundation tournament at the end of every hockey season.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: My greatest non-hockey related memory was winning the Athena award at school my senior year.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates mean a whole lot to me when it comes to hockey! They make a huge difference in my hockey career because we all go through different challenges in our daily lives.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I love to attend group fitness classes on a regular basis. My hobbies include walking, biking, coloring, writing stories, video games, reading and hanging out with friends.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: If I can meet anyone in the world, it would be Mikko Koivu because he is an inspiring hockey player. I admire his ambition for hockey and his athleticism.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: My favorite MN Wild players are Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Mikahl Granlund.

Nick “Sully” Hathaway
St. Cloud Minnesota Warriors

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: Growing up in Minnesota the first thing my parents did was put skates on my feet and put me on the ice. First time I was on the ice I fell down and said never again until I went to a high school hockey game and thought it was the coolest experience ever. I started off as a second year pee wee in Champlin MN. The reason why I started off so late is because every time I would ask my parents to play organized hockey the only reason I could give them was I wanted to hit people.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I love how free I feel on the ice. Being on the ice is truly my happy place. Nothing else matters once I get to the rink, toss my gear on and take that first step on the ice. It’s an incredible feeling that I can’t explain.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: My greatest hockey memory has to be when my MN Warriors team went down to Florida and played for the National Championship. We took first place and brought the trophy back home to Minnesota.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: My greatest non hockey memory would probably be graduating from Navy boot camp. Seeing my family up in the stands and then telling my Dad that I graduated in the top 5% of my division and was promoted. My Dad also being a Navy Veteran lit up with how proud and how excited he was.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My Warrior teammates are everything to me, they are my Brothers. The camaraderie we all have being disabled Vets is an indescribable feeling.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I love spending time with my gorgeous girlfriend and best friend along with her amazing son. My gal pal and I go to the gym just about every day together trying to meet goals and train for body building shows. Spending time with family and friends is huge for me.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Probably Jack O’Callahan from the 1980 US Olympic team.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Jordan Greenway and Marcus Foligno

Ryan Palattao
Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey

For 8 year old Ryan, sled hockey has been a welcomed and celebrated experience for him and his entire family. Since a very young age, Ryan has worked through various mobility challenges, limiting his opportunities to participate in sports. But he found his athleticism and his team in sled hockey. The sport has given him the ability to move freely, allowing him to learn so much about his body and what he CAN do!

An HF and MN Wild fan to his core, Ryan was devastated to miss this years HF hockey festival due to some medical circumstances which required hospitalization. We wanted to make sure he know just how much we missed him TOO, so we dropped by for a visit with some HF swag and some Kaprizov autographed surprises from the MN Wild for this number one Kirill fan!

Ryan, your attitude and spirit light up the sky. Never give up and remember, your HF and Minnesota Wild hockey family always have your back.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I started three years ago because I thought hockey was the most fun sport available for me.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Checking bigger players.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: My first career goal in Fargo.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Going to Cabo San Lucas and swimming in the ocean.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: They’re also good friends and super supportive.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: Playing catch with a baseball and hitting wiffle balls.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Kaprisov because he’s my favorite hockey player.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Kaprisov

Shawn Hewson
Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey

“If you are to persevere in your struggles and overcome obstacles, it is essential to step out of your comfort zone. This allows you to grow in strength, confidence, and courage over time. Be honest with who you are and what you need, because at some point in time, “getting by” isn’t good enough anymore.

Hockey is a difficult sport to play, but I love the challenge it presents because it empowers me over my Usher Syndrome to a higher level. And in turn, it is my hope that will inspire others who are struggling with any kind of disability to step out of their comfort zone.”
-Shawn Hewson, Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey

For people with disabilities, the journey to becoming a hockey player is anything but easy. Shawn Hewson, of the Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey team shares his journey with passion and purpose. Being both low-vision and low-hearing, Shawn is no stranger to challenges. His achievements come, not in spite of those challenges, but because of them, and through his determination to adapt and overcome. He has experienced great triumphs. He is father to two girls, a new dog dad to Comet the service dog, AND he is a prospering hockey player.

Thank you, Shawn. For your infectious ambition that effectively inspires everyone you touch. You make the world better for so many people, just by being you.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I grew up in a small town, Lindstrom, Minnesota, and often skated on the local rinks with friends and cousins. Sometimes we’d join a pickup hockey game in progress with a bunch of kids of which was very difficult for me to follow the puck. I never played organized hockey but I always followed the North Stars, Wild, and Gopher hockey throughout the years. I attended St. Cloud State University for my college years, and that was the time Herb Brooks became their hockey head coach as they joined the WCHA. I remember Herb came to our dorm and gave an inspirational speech to rev up the fan base as they embarked on their opportunity to play at the next level against the likes of the MN Gophers and WI Badgers. In early October 2018, I was made aware of the MWBH program through a communication from the Twin Cities Chapter for the Blind. My wife, Sharon, posted the ‘Try Blind Hockey’ communication on my Facebook timeline of which she wrote, “Now where are Shawn Hewson’s skates…..?”. After a couple days of being half serious about this, it dawned on me that this was the perfect opportunity to play a team sport in a friendly environment with other sight-impaired players, be involved with the Minnesota Wild, and grow my connections in the blind community.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Playing a team sport in an atmosphere filled with understanding, com- passion, and an incredible supporting cast of people involved with the MWBH program and beyond. As a member of the MWBH team, I don’t have to pretend I can see well in order to feel like I belong, but instead, I can be myself and enjoy the game to it’s fullest. That is something I wasn’t able to do as a kid and I loved to ice skate. Hockey is a difficult sport to play, but I love the challenge it presents because it empowers me over my Usher Syndrome to a higher level. And in turn, it is my hope that will inspire others who are struggling with any kind of disability to step out of their comfort zone.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Winning the gold medal being a part of Team North in the 2019 Toyota- USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival in Tampa, Florida. I was then offered the opportunity to write about my experience of which was published in several different media avenues:
1. Minnesota Hockey newsletter (Mission Tampa)
2. Foundation Fighting Blindness’s Beacons of Hope (Blind Miracle on Ice)
3. Usher Syndrome Society (News section)

Right around the time I joined MWBH in October 2018, my life story was published for the the Usher Syndrome Society of which I had written the following:

“If you are to persevere in your struggles and overcome obstacles, it is essential to step out of your comfort zone. This allows you to grow in strength, confidence, and courage over time. Be honest with who you are and what you need, because at some point in time, “getting by” isn’t good enough anymore.”

Tampa Gold was the perfect example of stepping WAY out of my comfort zone in playing my very first organized hockey games (in my lifetime, and in a festival 1,600 miles away from home), overcoming my anxieties, and persevering to a championship run along with new connections and friendships that I never could have dreamed of.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Becoming a dad. My wife and I are blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, Sadie, and Siena. There’s nothing that compares to seeing and holding your newborn for the first time. It’s certainly not an easy task being a parent, but the rewards are plentiful. My daughters inspire me to be the best I can be because I love them with all my soul. To add to our family, just recently I received by first guide dog, Comet, from the Leader Dog for the Blind school in Michigan. Due to COVID, the school offered home delivery and training right here in my own stomping grounds. The decision to apply for a guide dog is not an easy one because it is life-changing. This was another example of stepping out of my comfort zone in accepting this new way of life. Caring for your guide dog is like caring for your children because it requires discipline and commitment. Once I got over my anxieties, I realized how much Comet has opened up my field of vision and I can now enjoy more of the view around me. That is the biggest contrast to using my cane as I was more focused on watching where I was going. Comet also brings a level of companionship that is priceless, albeit my teammate off the ice.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates give me a sense of belonging and friendship. Together, we have changed Disability to disAbility by simply playing a game we love. We are not competing against each other, but rather supporting each other.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I love bowling. I used to be in several bowling leagues and our teams won many championships over the years. I even played alot of golf being in a league as well as with my golfing buddies. When my two daughters were born (2010, 2011), my attention shifted to being the best dad I could be despite the challenges of my Usher Syndrome, and therefore I didn’t play sports as much. But I love being a dad and taking family trips with our daughters, especially to water parks! I am really looking forward to our future family vacations as well as attending activities my daughters are involved in.

I also enjoy sharing my story of perseverance over Usher Syndrome in my involvements with Usher Syndrome Society, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Twin Cities Chapter for the Blind, the Disability Network at my workplace (Travelers), and the MWBH program. The past couple years, I have been the Walk Chair for the Twin Cities Visionwalk of which raises awareness and funds to find a cure for all kinds of vision loss. This Fall, I will again be the Walk Chair and for the first time in the Twin Cities 15- year Visionwalk history, a guide dog (my guide dog, Comet) will be co- Chair!

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Peyton Manning or Kent Hrbek. I’m a lifelong sports fan and certain athletes stood out in my eyes over the years in various sports as being humble and true role models for kids to follow. They inspired me to promote sportsmanship, encouragement, and positivity whenever I play sports. I was very competitive when I was younger and as I got older and my vision worsened, my perspective changed on sports in a better way. Having role models allows us to see what that truly looks like.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Darby Hendrickson. That is why I chose his #14 for my MWBH jersey. And out of pure coolness, my Team North teammate on defense switched with me his #14 jersey to wear in our gold medal game in Tampa! Just prior to Tampa, I had met Darby at the HF Festival in February 2019 where he was passing pucks to me back and forth in front of a crowd. And just when I didn’t think I could top that off, I was honored to be asked to play for Team USA in the NHL Alumni-Team USA game at TRIA in August of that same year. The irony of that was Darby and Danny Hendrickson were playing on the NHL Alumni team. WOW, an organized hockey game playing against my favorite Minnesota Wild player and his brother, as well as all the other great alumni’s. What an awesome experience!

Jimmy Trenary
Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey

From Jimmy’s mom, Kris…

Being a part of sled hockey has given Jimmy the opportunity to be a valuable member of a team, which isn’t always easy when someone has a disability. These kids cheer each other on, empathize with challenges, get frustrated, get emotional and most of all, come together as one! Jimmy has learned to win humbly, lose gracefully and knows that the play is more important than the outcome. He is a proud member of the sled hockey team. With two older kids in hockey, we had come to love and depend on our Kennedy hockey family. They are so important to us. When we learned about sled hockey, we wanted Jimmy to have the same opportunities. We were immediately embraced by this amazing group of people. We now have another amazing hockey family who supports and encourages us! It can be isolating to have a child with special needs, so our sled hockey family is a built-in support group that fields questions, empathizes and understands the unique challenges we sometimes face. Watch sled hockey kids get ready to get on the ice. IT takes a true village, and watching all parents pitch in is just an example of the family we have through MN Sled hockey. We’re blessed.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: We are a hockey family! Both my brothers played hockey Kennedy. We have a friend who played for the Wounded Warriors, and told us about sled hockey. Since I have Spina Bifida, I couldn’t play regular hockey and it sounded like fun. I tried it the day before my 8th birthday and was hooked! Coach Tony made me feel like a rockstar on my first day. I enjoy every practice!

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: I like competing with all my friends.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: I loved watching the older team win nationals when we were in Chicago, but even more, I loved going to play in the national tournament in Florida with my team!

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: This is still hockey related, but getting the chance to plant the stick at the Minnesota Wild game is something I will never forget.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: They make me laugh and we are all really different but hockey brings us close together. They are really funny! We all have reasons why we are on sled hockey and that is kind of cool.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: Fish! I also watch Youtube and play Xbox.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Stradman. He is a car Youtube guy. He talks about super cars and hyper cars.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Zucker has always been my favorite, but since he left I really like Kaprizov. He is fun to watch.

Krist Francisco aka Zeus, Franky
Minnesota Warriors | Twin Cities Black

Kristopher “Zeus” Francisco. Medically retired from the 101st and standout member of the Minnesota Warriors Hockey Team since 2013. Zeus is living proof in our mantra at HF, Hockey Changes Lives. In service to our country, Zeus sustained life-altering injuries, earning him one of the military’s most recognized and respected medals, the Purple Heart, for his sacrifice, bravery and valor. Despite his great sacrifices and subsequent new perimeters and adversity he lives with, Zeus lives his life with a positive outlook and infectious sense of humor. Hockey has become his most effective place for post-combat therapy; with his fellow Warrior teammates at the core, and one of the driving forces in his journey through those arduous days. In turn, he continually perseveres, and has transpired into a mentor and leader among his Minnesota Warrior comrades and teammates. His journey inspires… and not just those of us who know him first-hand, but those individuals who may not yet know him, but who watch from afar and face a similar, arduous road ahead. Keep the hope, as Zeus has. Thank you, Zeus, for all that you have given and all that you continue to give to this great hockey family and beyond.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I joined the Warrior’s about 8 or 9 years ago when I did a radio interview for another veteran organization and the interviewer led me to the Warrior’s. It was a different (and for me, more effective) and therapeutic way to heal mentally from being combat wounded.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: The camaraderie for sure, in the locker room, on the ice would be probably the best aspect. Coupled with seeing your teammates progress and enjoy the same therapy while doing something many said we shouldn’t or couldn’t do with injuries and disabilities from the service.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: There are plenty!! One that sticks out would be going 0 and 20 on a league season knowing other teams were sandbagging. But we had the funnest time on the ice and off the ice and still seeing progression in individuals and the team as a whole.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Thats a tough one… Waking up in an Army hospital with, a) being alive and b), still having my leg. And the day I got a dog. There are plenty non-hockey good memories!!

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: They mean the difference between getting up the next day excited because you get to progress with them on and off the ice and getting up a hollow shell.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: Workout, make funny pre workout shenanigans videos, fish, hunt, some woodworking. Anything that keeps me active, positive and learning.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: If we’re talking celebrities, Chris Pratt. I think we may have similar life out-looks and I could pick his brain about being a marvel hero. If we’re talk-ing like deep meaningful people – not that Mr. Pratt isn’t. Any ancestors, like Abe Lincoln, or some ancient ruler or influential person. Who wouldn’t want to ask a billion questions from those of the past to help navigate your future?!

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Not in order, (former) Boogaard, Koivu, Clutterbuck, Zucker, Coyle (Current) Spurgeon, obviously Kaprizov, and Brodin

Elizabeth “Biza” Peterson
Minnesota Wild Special Hockey, Edina

She skates, she boards, she swims, she runs, she plunges, she writes, she speaks, she leads… there are few things the multi-talented, multi-faceted Biza Peterson does not do. With a list of activities and Special Olympic qualifications about a mile long, Biza greets each day with determination and drive, giving her ALL to everything she takes on. Her enthusiasm and go-getter attitude have made her a positive addition to the Minnesota Wild Special Hockey team where she plays hockey not just to win, but for her teammates, who she says are “almost like family”. The encouragement and support she shares with the athletes on the ice next to her, and sometimes across from her on the opposing team, have helped her to seize a greater self-confidence. “Winning trophies is great,” she said “…but it’s not everything.” It’s the moments she spends with her team, crammed together on a bus, EnRoute to a hockey tournament, that have impacted her the most.

Biza, you are a champion. The positive influence you have on everyone around you, will bring you infinite greatness.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: My mom told me that there was a hockey team for people with disabili- ties and I was thrilled. She found out about it from another mom at a gathering. So told I my mom to sign me up. I knew I loved hockey be- cause I played when I was in 1st and 2nd grade.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: Being with my friends and playing in tournaments. I also love learning to skate better and faster.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Riding the bus with my team to the hockey tournaments, and staying in the hotels with swimming pools and celebrating with my team makes all weekend long.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: Doing the Polar Plunge.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: They are almost like my family because we care about each other and support each other and encourage each other.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to stay active doing many other sports such as snowboarding, karate, tennis, swimming and hanging out with my friends, and playing video games. In the summer, I love to go to Valley Fair with my friends.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: Shaun White because he is an amazing snowboarder and I love to snow- board, too. He is so brave and daring and talented!

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Zach Parise. In a hockey game at Braemar between my team and some of the Wild Players, he was on my team! So fun!

Amanda Franklin
Minnesota Warriors

Next time you’re at a Warrior game and you see a long ponytail whipping around underneath one of the helmets; pay attention. It belongs to US Army veteran, Amanda Franklin, one of the few ladies who plays with the Minnesota Warriors. Born into a hockey family, Amanda’s Dad and her two older brothers had her in skates on the outdoor rinks when she was just two years old. Following in her brother’s footsteps, she played hockey all through her youth, until she joined the military and pledged to serve our country as a combat medic. Amanda found her way back to hockey when she was introduced to the Warriors. It was there that she’s found not just a team, but a support system and a safe space, free from any judgement. As she says, “no veteran in the program has gone through the exact same thing, but we all show up for each other because we ended up at the same place.” Amanda leads by example and sends a resounding message, not just to the veterans, but to the ladies out there who want to play – do not let your fears hold you back from trying. There is a place for you in this great game. “Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” Thank you, Amanda, for being one of them and for inspiring others through your strength and courage.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: Growing up, I had two older brothers that played hockey. My mom didn’t want me following in their footsteps, so when she was at work, my dad took me to the outdoor rink in Scandia. I was 2 years old at the time and I have been skating ever since.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: There is a lot I love about hockey, but I appreciate my teammates and the camaraderie the most.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: When I was in 9th grade, my team and I made it to the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament and played at the Excel Energy Center.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: My most cherished memory are the phone calls with my dad during basic combat training and advanced individual training.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: Not only are they my support system, but a few of my childhood team- mates became family.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: Outside of hockey, I enjoy playing other sports such as basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, football, volleyball, etc. I also enjoy longboarding, skate- boarding, snowboarding, taking my dogs on walks, going to the dog park, playing card games/board games and bonfires.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: I would like to meet Justin Bieber. What can I say, I have always been a fan.

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Kevin Fiala.

Sebastien Nevalainen
Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey

He was a hockey player before he even tried it. Armed with a visceral desire to play and be part of the team, Sebastien embodies what we like to call “sportsmanship”. He brings honor, sincerity, and pushes forward into what could be possible.

Born in Haiti, now living in the great State of Hockey, Sebastien has endured a tremendous amount of change in his seventeen years. New culture, new home, new school, new friends…his journey has been filled with new-ness and diversity. Despite many challenges along the way, Sebastien has been triumphant through much adversity. When opportunities present, Sebastien rises to the occasion with heart and then pushes forward into what may be possible. He is active in Nordic skiing, track and field, attends wheelchair sports camps and in his quiet time, enjoys reading and writing scripts. Currently in his third season playing for Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey, Sebastien is thriving on the ice as part of the team. Like his favorite MN Wild players, Zach Parise and Jordan Greenway, Sebastien’s favorite part about hockey is, “being a playmaker and setting his teammates up to score.” Sebastien and his parents describe the sled hockey community as their “hockey family” where they’ve been not only welcomed, but also supported through both challenges and victories.

Sebastien, your strength and sincerity inspire, and will serve as a reminder to others when they feel overwhelmed by change, to never, ever give up and always push into what may be possible.

Q: Tell us about when, how and why you first became a hockey player.
A: I first became a hockey player in 2018. This is my third season playing. I first found out about sled hockey at a wheelchair sports camp and loved it! I wanted to play for two years before joining the team.

Q: What do you love the most about playing hockey?
A: My favorite part about hockey is setting my teammates up for goals and being a playmaker. Being on a team has taught me how to work with others more effectively.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: One of my greatest hockey memories is scoring a goal for my team against a formidable goalie who had a long shutout streak. Another of my greatest hockey memories is playing in the Hendrickson Festival.

Q: What is your greatest non-hockey related memory?
A: My greatest non-hockey memory is making it to nationals for track and winning a huge relay with my friends.

Q: What do your teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates have taught me all about hockey and they are like my hockey family.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like Nordic skiing, reading, writing scripts, and hanging out with friends.

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
A: I would like to meet Superman because I would enjoy getting to see him bend steel without using heat!

Q: Who is/are your favorite Minnesota Wild player(s)?
A: Zach Parise and Jordan Greenway

Evalyn “Evie” Jones
Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey

Exceptional, eleven year old Evie Jones, was born with harmonic soul. Inspired by music, she can play a plethora of instruments including the piano and cello. She also loves to swim, camp and be active. For people who are blind and/or low vision, fitness and sports can be challenging and adaptive opportunities few and far between. Despite many disappointments, Evie and her family remain positively persistent – always willing to try new things and break through barriers. Being raised in a quintessential hockey family, it was only natural that Evie wanted to play too. A chance encounter between Evie’s family and a Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey family would change their lives forever, as they were introduced to Minnesota’s newest adaptive hockey program, Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey! Evie finally got HER chance to play. And most importantly to her, she’s found that sacred space of belonging, on a TEAM, with new wonderful friends.

We are so proud of you Evie! Keep pushing onward, with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Q: What do you love most about playing hockey?
A: I love to block shots.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: I got to drop the puck for the St. Paul Johnson governers vs highland park hockey game. They had a special game at Tria to raise money for our team, MN Wild Blind Hockey.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I love music and I play many instruments but I love my piano. I also like to swim and jump on my trampoline.

Q: Where is your favorite place to go for fun?
A: I like to go camping in our pop-up trailer, her name is Amelia.

Q: Who is your favorite super hero?
A: Wonder Woman because she is strong.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A musician.

Q: Tell us something fun about yourself
A: I am learning to play the cello in orchestra.

Owen Marinkovich
Minnesota Wild Special Hockey

This glorious smile belongs to the one and only, Owen Marinkovich, a player on the Minnesota Wild Special Hockey team. Owen is a fan of Spiderman and Star Wars and he plans to never grow up and stay a kid forever. When Owen is not playing hockey, he is keeping his family and friends entertained with his story telling! Being a part of the program means the world to both Owen AND his supportive family, who also love hockey. Through hockey, Owen has found a TEAM – a place of belonging with his peers and the great joy of being a hockey player. We are so proud of you Owen!

Q: What do you love about playing hockey?
A: Spinning and the puck.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: Scoring a goal at the Hendrickson Foundation Hockey Festival in 2019.

Q: Where is your favorite place to go for fun?
A: Disneyland.

Q: Who is your favorite super hero?
A: Spiderman.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I don’t want to grow up!

Q: Tell us something fun about yourself.
A: My parents say I tell GREAT stories!

Henry Wilcox
Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey

Meet young Henry Wilcox, one of the newest athletes within the Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey program. Five year old Henry was born with spina bifida, and uses a walker and/or crutches for mobility. For Henry’s parents, it is important to find activities that are adaptable to all abilities, where their son can participate and be a part of a team. Henry would have his first experience with sled hockey on the very first day he saw this great game in person. Brimming with excitement, Henry fearlessly took to the ice on borrowed equipment, and he never looked back. He’s found a love for the game, being on the ice and in the center of the action, and most importantly, being a part of a team with other kids “like him”. Beyond the game, Henry’s family found an incredible community who welcomed them with open arms…the hockey family. We are so thankful to Henry’s parents for taking the leap and supporting Henry’s new journey as a hockey player. As for young Henry… we are SO proud of him for his bravery and for proving that hockey is for everyone and hockey changes lives®!

Q: What do you love about playing hockey?
A: Hitting the puck and scoring goals.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: When I first got my jersey and was made part of the team. It felt great to be a part of the guys.

Q: What would it be like if you didn’t have hockey & your teammates in your life?
A: I would miss being able to play a sport and be on a team because sled hockey is where I can fit in and do what everyone else is doing.

Q: What do you do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: I like to build blocks, build with magna-tiles, and explore outside.

Q: If you could have a meeting with anyone, would you choose and why?
A: God and Curious George.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: I had surgery on my back when I was still in my mom’s tummy.

Eric Rud
Rochester Mustangs Sled Hockey

Eric Rud has been in integral part of adaptive hockey in Minnesota and the outstanding growth within the sled hockey program. He is a veteran sled hockey player, having played at both the state and national levels. Hendrickson Foundation was founded in 2011 by Larry Hendrickson, who surrounded himself with a small group of tremendous people to help get it off the ground…Eric Rud is one of those people. He has been with HF since the very beginning and has been instrumental in growing sled hockey participation at our hockey festival, by fielding and recruiting new teams and players through his passionate advocacy and involvement. Thank You Eric for your valuable role at HF and within the sled hockey community.

Q: What do you love about playing hockey?
A: What I love most about hockey is being able to spend time with my amazing teammates on and off the ice.

Q: What is your greatest hockey memory?
A: My greatest hockey memory is winning my first national championship in Buffalo, NY in 2009 with the twin cities team. It was especially meaningful to me because my Dad was our goalie.

Q: What would it be like if you didn’t have hockey & your teammates in your life?
A: I have amazing teammates. If I didn’t have them in my life, I would not be the same person.

Q: What do you do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: When I am not playing hockey, I am cheering on our professional teams. I am a fan of the Wild, Vikings and Twins.

Q: If you could have a meeting with anyone, would you choose and why?
A: I would like to have a meeting with Zach Parise. We are the same age. I would like to know what he does to stay in shape and play at such a high level.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: Most people do not know that I have two college degrees. One in Graphic Design and one in Sport Management.

Joe Meinhardt
MINNESOTA WARRIORS, ST. CLOUD

We are so proud to have our friend Joe Meinhardt in the spotlight this month. A military veteran and devoted father, husband and friend, Joe lives his life guided by faith and a desire to serve. Despite any hardships he has endured in life and through his service to our country, Joe is filled with warmth and positivity, and is willing to share it with others, in any situation. His dedication to lifting people up around him is nothing short of resolute. Thank you Joe, for your continued service to your team and to all of humanity. We feel your presence at HF and we are better because of you.

Q: What do you love about playing hockey?
A: What I love most about playing hockey is being a member of a team. After military service, there are a lot of vets that may fall into isolation due to internal wounds, I was on that path. Hockey revives the spirit of teamwork, cohesion, and brotherhood that is very comparable to those of a military lifestyle. It makes me feel young again!

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: As a kid my greatest memory was spending hours at the local outdoor rink, throwing our sticks in the middle, and playing pick up hockey until they shut the lights off at the park. As an adult, my greatest memory so far was a couple of years ago in a tourney we played at out in Las Vegas. It was my first time ever playing organized hockey and I scored 4 goals in my first game. I think we can all remember our first goal and even though it took me 38 years, it was special because I was skating with fellow brothers in arms.

Q: What would it be like if you didn’t have hockey & your teammates in your life?
A: I honestly don’t know where or what I would be doing if I didn’t have hockey or my teammates in my life. Even though our team has only been around for a couple of years, the bond between us guys is almost immediate and lasts a lifetime. My teammates bring a positivity and encouragement that is like no other. We celebrate life accomplishments and great moments together. My teammates have also been by my side through some very difficult times. I think that is what makes hockey so special. It’s like no other sport. You are family from the moment you step foot in the locker room. You have each other’s back no matter what the situation. I find a lot of fulfillment being there for my teammates as well as them being there for me.

Q: What do you do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: When I am not playing hockey, I enjoy being a husband and a dad to 3 great kids, Tyler (16), Myla (9), and Bryce (4). I also enjoy playing golf and have a passion for my faith and serving others. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, traveling and pretty much anything else that will keep me outdoors and active.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone, would you choose and why?
A: There are a couple people….Pastor Steven Furtick (Elevation Church) because he has so much passion and speaks it in such a unique way that I relate to. My late grandfathers, so I could again tell them thank you for all they have done for me. I would also like to have lunch with every veteran that is struggling to let them know they are not alone.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: I once got stuck in a bird sanctuary as a kid and it developed into a lifelong fear of birds, but yet I fill my bird feeders weekly.

Kaleb Lockman
MINNESOTA WILD SPECIAL HOCKEY | BLAINE, MN

Meet Kaleb Lockman! Kaleb is a hockey player all-star in the Minnesota Special Hockey program. Mr. Kaleb lives and breathes hockey, and would play every single day if he could. Kaleb is an absolute gem, sharing joy and his glowing personality and friendly attitude onto all of the people and players he meets. Kaleb and his family are very involved with HF – taking on volunteer roles whenever they can. Kaleb even stepped up as a new HF model this year and he did GREAT! We look forward to seeing Kaleb and his family at the festival each year. Thank you Kaleb for being such a positive part of our hockey family!

Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT PLAYING HOCKEY?

A: Scoring

Q: WHAT DOES HOCKEY MEAN TO YOU?

A: My favorite sport! I love hockey

Q: WHAT’S YOUR BEST HOCKEY MEMORY?

A: Going and playing at the Hendrickson Foundation weekend

Q: WHAT DO YOUR TEAMMATES MEAN TO YOU?

A: I love them

Q: WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE HOCKEY OR YOUR TEAMMATES?

A: I would cry

John Neal
Kansas City Warriors

Proud to introduce our June hockey player, Mr. John Neal from the Kansas City Warriors. If you haven’t met him, you likely heard about him at our 2020 festival, where he was a Valor Salute honoree, and one of the Warriors who gave his stick to the Hudson Special Hockey players.

John is a veteran with service related disabilities who, in his desire to support other veterans with disabilities, found his own place of healing. Hockey has become a sacred place of belonging where teammates are like family. A true humanitarian at his core, John serves the community in a number of different facets, making the world a better place every single day. John exemplifies the HF mission, and we are so grateful to have him within our fold.

Q: What do you love most about playing hockey?
A: I love how when I am playing hockey the only thing that matters is my teammates and how I can support them. All the noise is silent and I can just focus on the moment.

Q: What does hockey mean to you?
A: There is something magical about playing warrior hockey. It has this healing power that is unexplainable. Hockey helps me get past my injuries and the struggles I have with PTSD. I am certain it has saved my life.

Q: What’s your best hockey memory?
A: My best hockey moment is the first time I went over the boards to join my team on the ice. It was the moment I arrived as a hockey player. Before that moment it was in and out of the doors. I was so excited, nervous, and happy all at the same time.

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for my teammates. They are like family. They are what I was missing in my translation from soldier to civilian. They are my “tribe” and we take care of each other when things get rough. It is unconditional love.

Q: What would it be like if you didn’t have hockey or your teammates?
A: Lonely! My team and hockey have given me so much healing it is hard to explain. When I smile it is real, it is authentic! To be able to do that after all the struggles with injury and PTSD is something miraculous. Without hockey I don’t think I would be nearly as happy and healthy as I am now.

Q: What do you do when you’re not playing hockey?
A: When I am not playing hockey I am blessed to be able to serve disabled veterans through my work with Wounded Warrior Project. I also take time to volunteer. One of my favorite organizations to volunteer with is Midwest Adaptive Sports. I have started a new company with a friend of mine who is a recreational therapist called Hockey Heals L.L.C. Together we hope to ease the fundraising and logistics difficulties of organizing and executing top notch disabled athletic events. Spending time on the lake with my wife and friends is where I want to be for relaxation when I am not on the ice, or serving my community.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: One thing about me that others may not know is that I make jewelry, especial bracelets. It started as a way to manage Post Traumatic Stress, but has evolved into a passion and a form of art I can share with others.

Q: If you could have lunch with any one person, who would you choose and why?
A: If I could have lunch with any one person it would be Audie Murphy. I would ask him how he had the courage to do the heroic things he did. I know what his answer would be. Hopefully we would talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Together we could come up with a plan on how we can end the epidemic of 22 veteran suicides a day.

Andrew Roy
Minnesota Special Hockey

Q: What do you love about playing hockey?
A: Great coaches, camaraderie, having fun, good exercise and a good workout!

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: Wow, I think there is a lot but if I have to choose, I’d say getting a hat trick during a game against Alexandria in 2019. Second best memory would be meeting Darby!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A: Anywhere in the world, I would go to Japan because great culture and good toys! In the US I’d say Lake Placid, New York so that one day, or hopefully someday I could play at the same rink where the 1980 mens hockey team won the gold medal.

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: They mean a lot to me. They are caring, energetic and funny and like me they like to have fun!

Q: What would you miss most if you couldn’t play hockey?
A: Coaches, teammates, going to different places and seeing you guys at HF.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: I sing and I have been practicing and playing the guitar for almost 7 years.

Q: What do you do to stay busy during the off season?
A: Going for walks and watching wrestling DVDs so that I can donate them eventually. And of course seeing my dog – he’s a dachshund and he’s a year old.

Preston Bohl
Minnesota Special Hockey – Maple Grove

Q: What do you love about playing hockey?
A: My cellies! (Dad’s translation: Celebrating my goals)

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: Goooo Gophers! (Dad’s translation: Attending Gopher hockey games and even skating at one game this year!)

Q: What does hockey mean to you?
A: The big ice, sticks, pucks, it’s all fun!

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: They help me work hard at games.

Q: What would you miss most if you couldn’t play hockey?
A: I would miss wearing my cool equipment and jerseys.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: I love playing and wrestling with my brothers Hudson and Easton and skating at St. Louis Park’s donut hockey practices every Friday morning.

Domonic “Dom” Robertson-Cantu
Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey – Goalie

Q: What do you love about playing hockey?
A: The thing I love most about hockey is meeting new people all the time and being able to be part of a team.

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: My best hockey memory was scoring my first goal.

Q: What does hockey mean to you?
A: Hockey means leaving behind stress. I get to forget about having cerebral palsy for awhile, and just be a hockey player. I honestly don’t know where I would be without it.

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates mean everything to me. We are like brothers.

Q: What would you miss most if you couldn’t play hockey?
A: The things I would miss the most if I couldn’t play hockey…. My friends most, traveling with my team, being able to joke around and not be judged because of my disability. We don’t see each others disabilities – we don’t even talk about those things. And the smells. Definitely would miss the smells. 🤣🤣🤣

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: A couple of things people might not know about me. I’m really good at impressions and I can sing like Luis Armstrong.

Camden Plein
Minnesota Wild Special Hockey – Lakeville

Q: What do you love about playing hockey?
A: I love being a part of a hockey team.

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: Learning how to skate, and skating on the outdoor rink with my family.

Q: What does hockey mean to you?
A: Having fun and scoring goals

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: Friendships

Q: What would you miss most if you couldn’t play hockey?
A: Because I couldn’t skate around anymore with my team.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: I have 2 brothers; one that plays basketball, and one that plays hockey.

Tim & Sandy Loney
Minnesota Warrors Twin Cities (Tim) / Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey (Sandy)

Q: What I love most about playing hockey?
Tim: Scoring goals and getting assists. It’s a lot of fun to make a pass that splits the defense and frees your teammate to go in and beat the other team’s goalie.
Sandy: I love learning how to skate and learning the basics of the game of hockey.

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
Tim: From scoring in Fergus Falls, to being nick named Timber or skating in famous rinks around the state, while great memories, nothing compares as to creating memories for fellow Veterans by developing new teams around the country and then going to play them. I also love to build opportunities for players to play memorable games, be it the Warrior Showcase, Hockey Day Minnesota or playing in the Hendrickson Festival.
Sandy: My best memory is at the MN Blind Summit in August of this year. It was amazing to be a part of a team and also to be a volunteer to help with the event.

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
Tim: My teammates mean the world to me. They have my back and support me both on and off the ice. I truly believe the Warriors have the best locker room of any sport.
Sandy: My teammates are my inspiration since everyone has challenges they face but they have the most positive attitude. Everyone encourages each other.

Q: What would you miss most if you couldn’t play hockey?
Tim: That’s hard to say. Six years ago I got involved with the Warriors and their growth both locally and nationally has been my primary focus in life. Chris Price, our former president, set a goal of a team in every state and I have to say we are about half way there! With out hockey or the Warriors I’d have to fill a big void in my life.
Sandy: I can’t imagine what it would be like without hockey or my teammates.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
Tim: Tim Loney served over thirty years in the US Army Reserves. He was mobilized three times and deployed twice in his career to Cuba and to Iraq. Prior to joining the Warriors he had not skated on a team since playing intermural Hockey for Army ROTC at the U of M. During the week he is an Outside Sales Representative for Sunbelt Rentals and is their Minnesota District Ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Sandy: I love to plan “fun” events for my co-workers because too much fun is never enough! “Soup-er-bowl, “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” holiday luncheons and Retirement parties are enjoyed by many. In July, I celebrated 40 years of service with the State of Minnesota.

Sara Kigin
Minnesota Wild Special Hockey – St. Cloud

Q: What I love most about playing hockey?
A: Hockey is fun. I love hockey. My room at home is full of hockey stuff. I even have a full size Ryan Suter!

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: I love to shoot and score and having friends and family come watch me

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: I really like my teammates. They help me on the ice. They are real nice to me.

Q: What would you miss most if you couldn’t play hockey?
A: I would miss everything about hockey, my teammates my coaches, traveling and tournaments

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
A: I love to travel I love to play guitar and sing. I’m a good aunt to my nephews. I love lots of sports. I want to meet Ryan Suter!

Hannah Poshek
MN Wild Special Hockey, Alexandria Wild

Q: What I love most about playing hockey?
A: Making new friends.

Q: What does hockey mean to you?
A: Hockey is an extension of my family and I think of every player as family.

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: Winning the 2019 MN Special Hockey Disabled Athlete of the Year!

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: I feel like they are my siblings.

Q: What would it be like without hockey?
A: I would be sad, as I would miss my teammates and family.

Nick Boisvert
Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey

Q: What I love most about playing hockey?
A: I love spending time with people that are passionate about the game and being able to connect with people on a level only hockey players understand.

Q: What does hockey mean to you?
A: Hockey is life! Hockey gives me hope, it’s a place I know I belong, and it’s my family.

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: This years Summit Team USA against the celebrities I was able to play against Danny and Darby Hendrickson. Darby Hendrickson and me got into a play fight on the ice (Spartan love).

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: My teammates are my family that I get to play hockey with! They’re the ones that show me what it’s like to have a family and belong.

Q: What would it be like without hockey?
A: When I lost my sight I thought I lost hockey forever I tried to find other things to fill the void but nothing worked nothing is like hockey or your teammates. I’m so thankful for MN giving everyone a chance to play.

Evan Hesom
Manitoba Sledgehammers Sled Hockey

Q: What I love most about playing hockey?
A: Having a sport that I can play no matter what my disability.

Q: What does hockey mean to you?
A: Mostly friends and having fun. Mom says-hockey is where Evan can be himself and no one judges, he can be EVAN🤗.

Q: What is your best hockey memory?
A: Scoring goals when I am playing and saving goals when I am the goalie.

Q: What do you teammates mean to you?
A: FRIENDS! They encourage me and cheer me on!

Q: What would it be like without hockey?
A: I wouldn’t be able to play hockey. I would have no friends that understand my disability.

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