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Kings Sponsor SoCal Special Needs Ice Hockey Festival In Valencia

Thursday, 05.30.2013 / 6:40 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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Kings Sponsor SoCal Special Needs Ice Hockey Festival In Valencia
The Los Angeles Kings will be sponsoring the first-ever SoCal Special Needs Ice Hockey Festival in conjunction with ASHA (American Special Hockey Association) and USA Hockey featuring The Valencia SNAP Flyers, The California Condors and The Pasadena Maple Leafs on Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at the Ice Station in Valencia, CA.

Marking the first-ever gathering of special needs hockey teams in Southern California, the festival will feature the three local teams, plus athletes from Colorado and Oregon who will travel to Valencia to compete with their SoCal counterparts. The LA Kings Ice Crew and Bailey will be making an appearance for the opening ceremonies and first game. Joining them will be STAPLES Center Music Director and Organist playing all your favorites songs you’d hear at a Kings Home Game.

The festival will be managed by Santa Clarita non-profit, Bridges to Ability Foundation, whose mission seeks to improve the lives of teens, adults and seniors with developmental disabilities through quality vocational, athletic, educational, social and recreational programs.

Select Special Needs Ice Hockey Facts:
● Created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities, the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.
● Disabled Hockey Programs are supported by USA Hockey across the nation and prove that hockey is for everybody. These programs are divided into four disciplines. Standing/Amputee, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Sled, and Special Hockey.
● Flyers, Condors and Maple Leafs are three of only 50 sanctioned special needs hockey teams in 30 cities across the US.

WHEN:          
Saturday, June 1, 2013
9:00am – Opening Ceremonies
9:30am – California Condors vs. Pasadena Maple Leafs
1:00pm – Pasadena Maple Leafs vs. Valencia SNAP Flyers
3:30pm – Valencia SNAP Flyers vs. California Condors
4:45pm – All-star game
 5:30pm – Awards ceremony

WHERE:
Ice Station Valencia
27745 North Smyth Drive
Valencia, CA 91355
                        
SPONSORS:
Los Angeles Kings (http://kings.nhl.com)
Ice Station Valencia (www.icestation.net)
ASHA (http://americanspecialhockey.org)
USA Hockey (http://www.usahockey.com
United Commercial Travelers (http://www.uct.org)