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Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins

Sled hockey is a fast-growing sport recognized internationally, and is a key event in the Paralympic games. It provides a means for physically challenged individuals to play competitive ice hockey.

Getting a good workout, building self esteem, and being part of a team are just a few of the benefits of sled hockey. Players take to the ice on sleds fitted with skate blades. They use shortened hockey sticks with picks on the end to move along the ice and control the puck.

The Mighty Penguins were formed by volunteers from Shriners Hospital in Erie in May 1998. Initially, the goal was to provide children and young adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in a competitive sport.

The organization continues to build on this foundation by increasing player involvement and expanding the number of teams competing locally. They now register 3 teams that include youth, junior, and adult players. These teams competed in tournaments throughout Canada and the United States.

Players on our teams are achieving tremendous success and recognition nationally and internationally. Josh Wirt is a 2002 Paralympic Gold Medalist. In addition to playing with the Mighty Penguins, Daniel McCoy is on the 2010 USA National Men’s Team. Daniel Hefley and Nevin Gray are on the 2010 USA Junior National Team.

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If you, or someone you know, would like to get involved by playing, volunteering, or donating to the organization, contact us at 412-767-0602 or 724-374-5200 or send an e-mail to mpsledhockey@yahoo.com.
  
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