Tuesday, March 17, 2015
THE CAPITAL WELCOMES THE WORLD
FOR THE BIGGEST SPECIAL HOCKEY TOURNAMENT EVER!
73 special hockey teams from 3 countries to participate March 18-21
From March 18th -21st, Ottawa will play host to 1,200 exceptional hockey players from around the world in the 2015 Special Hockey International (SHI) Tournament, hosted by the Capital City Condors. The heartwarming hockey tournament is the largest in the world for people with special needs.
This is the first time Ottawa has played host to the SHI tournament, featuring 73 teams from 37 hockey clubs from England, the United States and Canada. The Opening Ceremonies will be held at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. while games will get underway beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 19 at the Bell Sensplex (Kanata) and the Kanata Recreation Centre. The tournament will conclude with the closing banquet on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Algonquin College.
“Hockey is a game many Canadians live and breathe,” says Jim Perkins, the President of Special Hockey International and the Capital City Condors, “seeing these young people on the ice, shows us all that hockey is more than just a game, but a way to build self-esteem and promote inclusiveness.”
All 1,200 players are living with developmental disabilities, many have never played in an organized sporting event of this size, “we are encouraging the city of Ottawa to get behind these athletes,” says Perkins, “we want as many people as possible to attend the Opening Ceremonies and tournament games. All are free of charge.”
OPENING CEREMONIES: Wednesday March 18, 2015 – 7pm – Canadian Tire Centre
Allan Hubley, Ottawa Councillor
Cyril Leeder, Ottawa Senators President
Kyle Turris, Ottawa Senators & the Capital City Condors Honourary Captain
Patrick Wiercioch, Ottawa Senators & the Capital City Condors Honourary Assistant Captain
Special Hockey International Tournament Schedule: www.shiottawa2015.com
About Special Hockey International
Officially launched in 1996, Special Hockey International aimed to create a hockey league for children and young adults living with developmental disabilities. In the early days, there were just two players on the ice. Today SHI has teams throughout North America and Europe, giving thousands of athletes the chance to lace up and play hockey. Each year the SHI tournament attracts many teams to its four day festival. www.specialhockeyinternational.org
About the Capital City Condors
The Capital City Condors are a family of hockey teams for those who are unable to play in any other league because of a developmental disability. Players are age six and up of all ability levels. The Condors have teams in Kanata, Gloucester, and Cambridge. www.capitalcitycondors.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Special Hockey International President
Capital City Condors President