Wooster Wildcats win sled hockey national title

Wooster Wildcats win sled hockey national title
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The Wooster Wildcats took home the gold in the Adult Tier III division at the 2022 Toyota USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival held recently in Pittsburgh.

                        

Adaptive Sports Ohio’s sled hockey teams participated in the 2022 Toyota USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival recently in Pittsburgh, and the Wooster Wildcats took home the gold in the Adult Tier III division.

The Wildcats went 3-1 over the span of the tournament, beating the Johnstown Sitting Bulls 2-1 in the championship game.

Additionally, the Youngstown Boom took home the gold in the Junior Tier IV division. The Boom left the tournament undefeated after topping the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins 6-4 in the finals.

“These teams have worked so hard this season to compete at this level,” said Brian Veverka, director of programs for Adaptive Sports Ohio. “Adaptive Sports Ohio teams have never won this tournament, so taking home two national championships this weekend is truly special, and I am overjoyed at their accomplishments.”

Sled hockey is just one of the programs offered by Adaptive Sports Ohio. Utilizing sleds, players are subject to similar rules of hockey for able-bodied players. Teams are hosted in Toledo, Wooster, Cleveland and Youngstown.

“We could not have been this successful without the support of friends, families and community partners,” said Lisa Followay, president/CEO for Adaptive Sports Ohio, who mentioned the Walleye Wishing Well Fund, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Charles E. Loehr Charitable Trust Grant and the Hine Memorial Fund for their continued support of programs for individuals with disabilities.

Adaptive Sports Ohio is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Wooster that serves hundreds of physically impaired youth and adults across Ohio through competitive and recreational adaptive sport opportunities. Adaptive Sports Ohio’s mission is to remove barriers to ensure that individuals with physical disabilities have a chance to play and utilize sports to elevate ability and empower futures.


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