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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.

Information about Concussions in Sports; Recommended Training for Senior Coaches

The following link is information about the impact of concussions on players in all sports.  ASHA is very aware of the risk of a concussion while playing hockey, and we wish to make all ASHA members aware of the available information.

Please review the following link so that you are aware of what happens when a concussion occurs, what you should do about it, and how concussed players should be treated..

Guidelines for Management of Cuncussion in Sports:

2017 Rochester Ice Cats Friendship Tournament April 1 & 2, 2017

From Tom Simmons:


The 2017 11th Annual Rochester Ice Cats Friendship Tournament is being held on Saturday/Sunday, April 1/2, 2017.

Please see the details of the tournament in the link in the above sentence.  Applications must be submitted no later than December 22, 2016.

The tournament will host 16 teams, so complete the application in the attached link soon.


John Murphy

ASHA VP Administration


Special Hockey Ambassadors

The American Special Hockey Association is proud to annouce a great new program which makes our organization even stronger. 

Special Hockey Ambassadors are current and former professional hockey players and coaches who serve as advocates for special hockey programs and players. They support the mission of the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to give more people with developmental disabilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.

Created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities, ASHA sponsors clinics, games, and tournaments but has a strong emphasis on therapy rather than completion. There are currently more than 58 programs in over 54 cities throughout the United States.

Special hockey ambassadors lend their names, visibility, and influenceto bring attention to the abilities of people with developmental disabilities. By doing so, they promote the sport of hockey while building acceptance, tolerance, and respect for people of all abilities.

Current Special Hockey Ambassadors

• Matt Carkner, New York Islanders 

• Kelly Chase, St. Louis Blues (retired) 

• Peter Ciavaglia, Buffalo Sabres (retired) 

• Matt Cullen, Two Time Stanley Cup Champ

• Ken Daneyko, New Jersey Devils (retired)

• Daryl Evans, LA Kings (retired) Kings Radio Commentator

• Dave Hakstol, Philadelphia Flyers, Head Coach 

• Bryan Helmer, Hershey Bears, Assistant Coach

• Thomas Hickey, New York Islanders

• Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals (retired)

• Craig Laughlin, Washington Capitals (retired) TV Commentator

• Jordan Leopold, Minnesota Wild (retired)

• Jocelyne Lamoureux, Team USA Women

• Monique Lamoureux, Team USA Women

• Scott Mellanby, St. Louis Blues (retired)

• Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 

• Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings, Vice-President

• Roy Sommer, San Jose Barracudas, Head Coach


Adam Rothstein Named New ASHA Intern

The American Special Hockey Association would like to announce that Adam Rothstein will be joining our volunteer staff in a internship position, as Assistant to the President. Adam will be assigned duties as needed to help with operations of the organization.

Some of Adams duties will include but no limited to, creating paperwork to assist ASHA member programs for grants and donations. Adam will also assist the ASHA Treasurer with financial duties with bookkeeping, invoices and receipts.

Adam will also assist in creating a Coaching Education Powerpoint for the organization.

Adam says that  “This internship will help me develop the skills necessary to lead, grow as an individual and help me obtain the career position of my dreams.”

Adam is a senior at Towson State University, majoring in Economics. He will graduate after the next semester.

Adam began his hockey career with Montgomery Cheetahs ASHA program, when he was 12 years old, Adam states, "I had little to no skating experience and skills were very mediocre in the beginning, but as I practiced more, my skills improved." As the years went by Adam developed leadership skills and effective communication skills that benefitted him and helped him teach others how to play hockey.

In college Adam joined the Towson University Tigers men’s hockey team. A few weeks later an article was published about Adam in USA Hockey Magazine. This article helped inspire other individuals like Adam to achieve your goals and push yourself to the limit.

Two years later the head coach asked Adam to be an assistant coach and he accepted. From there on he took up coaching. Coaching helped Adam develop a deeper understanding of the game of hockey. It also allowed him to become a mentor for the younger guys.

Please join me in congratulating Adam on this new challenge.