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Created in 2000 for players with develop­mental disa­bilities, the Amer­ican Special Hockey Assoc­iation (ASHA) gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey. There are currently over 50 ASHA programs in more than 30 cities through­out the United States. Follow special hockey on Twitter and Facebook.

"Star of the Week" November 21st to 27th 2015


Jake Edwards "Star of the Week"

There is more to the newest Washington Ice Dog Jake Edwards (13) than meets the eye!  His 5'9" frame, is imposing on the ice, and his skills are slowly improving, but his work off the ice is what catches the attention of many.

Jake Edwards is the Autism Ambassador for the Montgomery County Maryland, Police Department. His recent speech at Autism Night Out brought tough police men and women to tears while catching national attention. Edwards, and MCPD Officer Laurie Reyes, were named Champions of Change by the White House.  They were honored in a White House ceremony where he met Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Obama's Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.  Jake was one of seven youth chosen for his efforts to build bridges between the community and law enforcement, nationally. 

Following the White House ceremony and panel discussion, Jake was thrilled to meet Pope Francis in Washington D.C.!  He has given his spoken to law enforcement agencies, crisis intervention trainings, the Autism Speaks Walk in DC and college classes across the state of Maryland and in North Carolina.  Many more speaking opportunities are on the horizon.  You can read more about Jake's adventures at TheWorldAccordingtoJake.com and watchhis promotional video here: Jake Promo Video


UCT Gives Back, Public Voting has begun

One lucky ASHA program will win $10,000 and the second place finisher will win $5,000 in the UCT Gives Back to Special Hockey Video Contest. The public voting has begun and you can place you vote daily at:

See the videos and vote here

Philadelphia Flyers Host Official Adventures and ASHA

Players from the Flyers Youth program with Jayne Jones Beehler and Katrina Dohm of the Official Adventures book. Jayne and Katrina are promoting their book with an assist from the Philadelphia Flyers. Official Adventures and the Flyers hosted a meet and greet with Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol and members of local ASHA players, Erik, Carson and Genevieve of the Flyers Youth program.

Offial Adventures has just released their new book "Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup" The book is availble on the Official Adventures website: Official Adventures


New children's book featuring characters based on Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol's Daughter Nationally Released In Philly

(Oct. 2015) - The 2015-2016 hockey season has just gotten underway, and during the Nov. 12 game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals, there will be a national launch release celebration for the new children’s  chapter book, Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup

The story features a two young girls who have made the boy’s team. The girls are Avery, named after Avery Hakstol, daughter of Dave Hakstol, NHL Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Paisely, named after Paisley Leopold, daughter of Jordan Leopold, NHL player. 

From the traditional hockey hair to the game ending handshake, “Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup,” ensures life lessons while inspiring fair play, sportsmanship and humor. The book has been endorsed by NHL greats Alex Ovechkin, Coach Dave Hakstol, Matt Cullen and Mike Hickey, President of the American Special Hockey Association.

ASHA Team Store


Visit the new ASHA Team Store where you can purchase great ASHA clothing and athletic wear.
Visit the store at: www.americanspecialhockey.org/products