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2010-2011 Rochester Ice Cats

     2015 - 2016 SEASON STARTS!!
Registration picnic to be held Sept 17, 5:30pm at Greece Canal Ponds Park, Millennium Building.  Hots & Hamburgers provided - just bring a dish to pass. Cost is $150 for the year.
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 disabilities.
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 Chester, PA
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 in England.
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

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.


To Join the Rochester Ice Cats

To gain information on becoming a member of the Rochester Ice Cats organization please contact Tom Simmons at
(please note change in email address effective 8/1/2013

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