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Saturday, April 28, 2012

California Invitational

June 9 is the California Invitational Sled  games?  time?  Shoot, I don't know what to call it, so let's just stick with "California Invitational."

Here is the deal.  If you are playing sled hockey in California, you are probably affiliated with one of the following programs:
The Sacramento Lightning (who actually play in Roseville, near Sacramento)
BORP (Bay Area Outreach and Recreation in Berkeley)
The Junior Reign in Riverside
The Riptide in Oxnard (just starting up)
Bakersfield (just starting up)

There are a few inklings here and there of other rinks and other disabled athlete programs in the state hoping to get sled hockey going, and I hope they succeed, but this is what we have for now.

With three programs going strong (the Lightning, BORP, and the Junior Reign), and two other teams who are getting sleds and will be going strong shortly, it's time.  Yes, it's time.

Time for what?  Time to make a mark for sled hockey in California.  We're starting small.  This first California Invitational will focus on U-18 players.  It will take place at IceTown in Riverside on June 9 in the evening. Since teams might not be able to send a full U-18 team, players will be combined to form full teams as they register.

In order to play at the California Invitational, players will need to be registered with USA Hockey and with one of the programs in California.  Players will also need to have the following gear: a sled, a pair of sticks, a helmet with a full face cage, shoulder pads, shin guards, elbow pads, gloves, and either hockey boots or sturdy closed-toed shoes.

For information on how to register, contact Todd Jenkins at

We are also looking for sponsors to help with the costs of the California Invitational.  The costs are minimal, but include awards for the kids who play, jerseys for participants, food for the athletes before the event, and discounted accessible lodging for the athletes coming in from out-of-town.  If you are interested in providing sponsorship, contact Todd Jenkins at for how we can help make your sponsorship a win-win situation.  

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