This Annual Tournament brings 16 physically challenged teams from across the United States and Canada to compete for Amelia's Cup
HISTORY OF THE NEISHT
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR 2013 EVENT: APRIL 26-28, 2013
In 2002, there was a buzz about sled hockey as the US Paralympic team won GOLD at the Winter Paralympics in Salt Lake City, UT. Mr. Albert Ferst wanted to know what the buzz was about and went to the Chowder Cup Tournament held in Marlborough, MA.
Mr. Ferst met the athletes from the US and Canadian Paralympic teams and fell in love with the sport. So much so, he wanted to start a sled hockey program at the rink in Westfield, MA. The Amelia Park Foundation bought 12 sleds and in October 2002, a sled hockey clinic was put on for the staff and patients of Shriners Hospital for Children.
Thus, the Springfield Sliders Junior Sled Hockey Team became the 2nd Junior Sled Hockey Team in New England. Over the next couple of months, Amelia Park donated ice time to several teams to play games.
It was Mr. Ferst's dream to make Westfield, MA and Amelia Park Ice Arena the Sled Hockey Capital of the US.
The New England Invitational Sled Hockey Tournament was moved to Amelia Park Ice Arena in 2003 where all the ice time was donated, referees donated their time & a BBQ was held during the weekend for all of the athletes & their famililes.
In 2007, the Amelia's Cup Championship Trophy was unveiled.
Mr. Ferst passed away in Dec. 2011, but his dream of making Amelia Park Ice Arena the Sled Hockey Capital is still very much alive and the staff and their volunteers are determined to make this event bigger and better every year.
Your donation will not only assist us with covering ice time, but providing a BBQ, a cookout & and a sundae social for athletes, families and fans to enjoy. This event is an inspiring family friendly event that is FREE for all to enjoy. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR APRIL 26-28, 2013.