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Sled Hockey at Yankee Stadium Print E-mail
Written by Susan Calise   
Not many people would think of going to a baseball stadium in the dead of winter, especially after record breaking snowfall and frigid temperatures!  But, that is exactly what the NY Sled Rangers and their families did on February 6, 2014! 
The NY Yankees opened up their stadium this winter season to ice skaters and hockey players and  hosted the Stadium Series between NY Rangers/NJ Devils and NY Rangers/NY Islanders (both games went to the Rangers!).  And among these events they also opened the rink up to the NY Sled Rangers Kids team for a family skate followed by a game with the adult team vs the Philadelphia Flyers Sled Hockey team, with the Flyers edging out the Rangers. 
Despite the freezing temperatures, it was a fabulous night with all the players and their families out on the ice.  The kids worked a little on their speed and puck handling skills and the family members had a great time skating with their players. After the hour of skating the Yankees served hot chocolate and everyone got a chance to socialize in the comfort of the indoors.  Overall everyone had a great time.  Whether a Yankee fan or a hockey fan or just a fan of ice skating, this was truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 22:48
Night of a Thousand Smiles Print E-mail
Written by Sue Calise   


Over 300 people braved the dismal winter weather on Wednesday night to come out and support the Wheelchair Sports Federation’s Sled Rangers at Bryant Park in New York City.  Despite a day of freezing rain, mountains of slush and puddles as deep as rivers at every street crossing, Bryant Park’s Winter Village was a true winter wonderland, an oasis of white and crystalline beauty amongst the gray backdrop of midtown Manhattan.  And in the middle of all this were the glowing smiles of kids and adults skating both in sleds and on traditional skates.  The purpose of this revelry was to raise funds and awareness of the sport of sled hockey (Adaptive Ice Hockey) and to highlight the local team, The New York Sled Rangers.  The Sled Rangers are made up of 24 kids from ages 5 to 22 with varying levels of mobility impairments.  Some have Cerebral Palsy, some Spina Bifida, but all some type of physical disability that makes getting around during a routine day difficult.  Get them out on the ice and it is a very different story.  Here you see their natural competiveness, camaraderie and overall their true ability to shine like any other kids playing a sport that they love.


This night could not have been possible without the support of our many generous sponsors: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Pine River Capital Management, Glenview Capital Management, Citi, JP Morgan, Nomura, Credit Suisse, RBC Capital Markets, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, Pinehouse Capital, RBS, and Upsilon Ventures.


We would also like to thank our fabulous MC, Ezra Night for coming out and kindly donating his time, our expert auctioneer, Alistair Nichol and our ubiquitous photographer, Matt Petosa. 


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:00
Sled Hockey in NYC Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 07:32
19th Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NJ) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


The 19th Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament came to a conclusion on Sunday November 3rd, 2013.

The 5 Wheelchair Basketball Teams that attended were the Bulova Nets (NJ), New York Nets (NY), New England Blazers (MA), Nassau Kings (NY) and New York Rollin Knicks (NY).
The first day results were from Saturday November 2nd, 2013 – 9:00 am to 6:30 pm

9:00 am          Bulova Nets 54 v. Nassau Kings 39
10:15 am        New York Nets 31 v. New England Blazers 50
11:30 pm        New England Blazers 15 v. NY Rollin Knicks 56
12:45 pm        Bulova Nets 42 v. NY Rollin Knicks 53
2:00 pm          New York Nets 45 v Nassau Kings 50
3:15 pm          Nassau Kings 49 v. New England Blazers 47
4:30 pm          EWBC All-Stars 40 v NY Rolling Knicks Exhibition 62

The second day results were from Sunday November 3rd, 2013 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
9:00 am         Bulova Nets 53 v. New York Nets 26
10:15 am       Bulova Nets 49 v. New England Blazers 26
12:45 am       3rd Place Game - NY Nets 24 v New England Blazers 47
2:00 pm         Championship Game - Bulova Nets 46 v. Nassua Kings 54
 Final Standings:
1st Place -  Nassua Kings
2nd Place - Bulova Nets
3rd Place -  New England Blazers
4th Place -  New York Nets

All Stars
Class I - Dave Deas - NY Nets
Class I - Ray Grand - NE Blazers
Class II - Paul Ward - Bulova Nets
Class II - Chris Johnson - NE Blazers
Class III - Dan Keohane - NE Blazers
Class III - Steve Yedlock - Bulova Nets

Mike Lione Most Valuable Player Award - Michael Kelly - Nassau Kings

Freddy Jones Sportsmanship Award - Bobby Kranz - NY Nets

Al Youakim Spirit Award - Gleydis

Thanks to all of our volunteers and supporters for making this one of the oldest and most consistently run Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in the United States.

For more information please contact John Hamre at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 20:03
Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NY) Print E-mail
Written by Chris Cirillo   


By Chris Cirillo

On October 56, the Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament returned to Manhattan College in the Bronx for two days of action-packed games. The third time was the charm for the NEPVA Celtics as they defeated the Bulova Stetson Nets by a score of 45-29 to secure a championship that had eluded them the past two years.

The Celtics and the Bulova Stetson Nets both established dominance early in the tournament as they went undefeated in Saturday’s games and were consequently rewarded first-round byes into Sunday’s semifinal games. During the quarterfinal round, the Nassau Kings showed that they were still a force to be reckoned with as they gave up only two points in the entire second half and handily defeated the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 53-11. The Connecticut Spokebenders also advanced to the semifinals as a result of a forfeit by the shorthanded Western NY Wheels.


The action really started to heat up in the semifinals as the Spokebenders took on the Celtics. The Spokebenders struggled to get anything going in the first half as they netted only two baskets. Despite a strong second half by the Spokebenders, the Celtics were able to hold off a comeback, and they advanced to the championship game with a 38-23 win. In the other semifinal matchup, the Nassau Kings saw their streak of back-to-back championships come to an end when they lost to the Bulova Nets by a score of 44-70, despite strong showings from John Torres and Roger Shelton, who combined for 28 points.

In the championship matchup, the Celtics opened up the game with an 18-3 run, and they never looked back as the Nets never got within 11 points for the rest of the game. Tournament MVP Omar Benitez, who finished as the tournament’s highest scorer, flirted with a triple-double in the championship game. Benitez’s 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists included a nifty no-look pass to teammate Megan Anderson, who finished with the layup in the second half. Anderson returned the favor the very next offensive possession when she threw a full-court pass to a leaking Benitez, who finished on the fast break and all but sealed the deal, giving the Celtics a 39-21 lead. The Celtics were able to show off a full range of options as Bill Hill finished with 10 points, Joe Lamar added six points and five rebounds, and Anderson finished with four points, two rebounds and an assist. Despite strong individual performances by Paul Ward (14 points and eight rebounds) and Steve Yedlock (seven points and seven rebounds), the Bulova Nets couldn’t keep up with the Celtics, who won by a final score of 45-29.

Yedlock was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Linas Pagano from the Connecticut Spokebenders and Mike Kelly from the Nassau Kings.

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