First Annual Bennett Institute Junior Sled Hockey Tournament

April 25, 2001
Teams from throughout the region to converge at Ice World in Abingdon, MD

BALTIMORE, MD - The Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports and Recreation a Program of Kennedy Krieger Institute will host the First Annual Bennett Blazers Sled Hockey Tournament on Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29,2001 at Ice World in Abingdon, Maryland.

Sled hockey is played by physically challenged athletes who are unable to play hockey standing up. This exciting game requires full hockey equipment, as USA Hockey rules are utilized. The only difference is that the players propel themselves on specially designed "sleds" equipped with two smaller hockey sticks.

Thirteen games will take place during the two-day event, pitting teams from Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston and New York in two Divisions of play.

"These athletes will amaze you with the skill and finesse they utilize to play the great game of hockey," says Gerry Herman, co-director of the Physically Challenged Sports Recreation Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute. "This tournament has sparked great enthusiasm and excitement in our local team, and we are all looking forward to meeting sled hockey players from throughout the region."

Bennett Blazer Sled Hockey team members are: Adrian Burnett, White Marsh, Md.; Stephen Fisher, Lutherville, Md.; Ryan Free, Parkton, Md.; Alex Henn, Baltimore, Md.; Daniel Levandusky, Neffs, Pa; Amber Luckert, Perry Hall, Md.; Tara Mastroeni, Philadelphia, Pa.; Tatyana McFadden, Clarksville, Md.; Richard Murphy, Baltimore, Md.; Will Smith, Stewartstown, Pa.; John Whitney, Towson, Md.; Peter Whitney, Towson, Md.; Sean Williams, Baltimore, Md.; Kelsey Yost, Camp Hill, Pa.; and Brandy Zimmerman, Baltimore, Md.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information about Kennedy Krieger, visit their web site at www.kennedykrieger.org.

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