Special Hockey

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Special Hockey, sometimes known as Adaptive Hockey, is a version of ice hockey adapted for athletes with cognitive disorders. For such athletes it bears a similar relationship to ice hockey as ice sledge hockey does for athletes with disorders of mobility.

Administratively Special Hockey is managed through Special Hockey International [1] and through national organizations such as the American Special Hockey Association.[2] Teams are typically supported by regional hockey associations, local adaptive athlete programs, user fees and generous donations from local organizations.

Founded in 2006 Minnesota Hockey's Special Hockey Association [3] has 5 teams as of 2010, all in the Twin Cities area. These include the North Polars, West Eagles, Wildcats, Rapters and East Stingers.

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