WELCOME BACK TO OUR VISITORS - WE ARE NOW KNOWN AS ROCHESTER SPECIAL HOCKEY
The Rochester Special Hockey, members of Special Hockey International - a division
of USA Hockey; is an organization that specializes in providing training in the game of ice hockey for individuals with developmental
The Rochester Ice Cats organization has an active roster of 38 players. These individuals, both male and female,
range in age from 8 years to 40 years young. They are enthusiastic and enjoyable to be associated with with smiles galore. They
give 100% at all times, during both practice and games, and are always willing and able to learn new skills.Our team is geared
to individual needs with an emphasis on sportsmanship and learning to interact with others. We are a 501c3 Not
for Profit volunteer organization, with support coming from all our families, both as coaches, trainers, drivers and
most of all fans.
One of our goals is to keep all cost to a minimum, with the expectations that all players will by responsibile for their
$65.00 fee to join USA Hockey. The Rochester Ice Cat organization supplies equipment for those in need, this is done
through donations both from the publice and private sector.
So hard to believe we're starting our 13th year!!! It has been a terrific
summer, but is now time to put away the golf clubs, and get out the hockey sticks.
The best news this year is our move!!! The Rochester Ice Cats will now be playing out of the MCC Sports Centre
in Henrietta. Although we are sad at leaving SIR, this is exciting news. We will miss Al & Stiffy and all
they have done for us these past years, but we have grown so it's time to move on.
Our first practice is October 14th at 4:30 in the new facility. We have 4-5 new players registered this year, and
welcome any others who would like to give hockey a try! And it's always great seeing all our old friends.
For this upcoming year we are planning to attend and participate in tournaments in Saint Catherine's and ALbany New York
(Martin Luther King Weekend) and may be albe to have a team go the year end USA Hockey Disabled Festival in
We are at this time working on expansion of our program and are looking for more players to come and join. If you
know of anyone who is looking for a team to play for or would like experience a new part of life please contact us and we
will help get you started.
Also plans are under way for our own year-end tournament to be held at MCC. Stay-tuned for more information.
The Rochester Ice Cats are a member of Special Hockey International, "THE HEART LEAGUE" an organization
that has 35 member teams located throughout the US and Canada. Expansion is continuing to move with teams now forming
Our team has played games against teams located in Toronto, St. Catherines Canada, Albany and Westchester, New York.
We have been able to participate in torunaments in Albany, Oshawa Ont, lower New York and other cities. Teams attended
from as far a way as Seatle, Washington. We look forward to our continuation in the future.
Our mission is to provide training in ice hockey for individuals with developmental disabilities. The overall goal of
our organization is to allow all individuals, with developmental disabilites, in the Rochester, Monroe County, New York
area the opportunity to experience exciting fun in learning a new skill. The skill sets learned will encompass skating,
the game of hockey, being a member of a team. Additionally, our individuals be part of the opportunity to meet new people
from different areas and cities, experiencing travel and all the benefits that go along with it.