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WHO WE ARE
In 1985, while driving his motorcycle, James Reilly was stuck by a drunk driver. As a result of the accident, part of James' left leg was amputated.
On that day, the game changed.
The Canadian Amputee Sports Association officially established the Canadian Amputee Hockey Committee on January 25th, 2001. It saw James Reilly's dream of standing amputee hockey come true. Shortly afterward, an exhibition game was organized between Canada and the United States. James took 17 Canadian amputees to Lake Placid, NY to participate in the first International Standing Amputee Ice Hockey game.
Finally, there was a place for amputees to enjoy our national pastime. The CAHC hasn’t looked back since.
The CAHC has enjoyed much success since its inception:
• an undefeated record in international competition
• 6 consecutive ISIHF World Championships Gold Medals
• training camps across the country with all types of amputees
• outreach to our Canadian Forces personnel
• establishment of our Amp'd program, bringing amputee awareness to minor hockey programs
But this success doesn't define who we are...
As one of our veteran players once said "It's full body healing.When you can play with a group who have shared an accident, or a feeling....it's more than hockey...hockey is a bonus".
We know what it's like to feel lost. We know what it's like to feel like you're up against the wall. We know what it's like to not know where to turn.
We're here to help. Reach out. Ask us questions. Odds are, we've been there too. There's always room on the bench.
We're here to put your disability on ice.
Who are we? We are Canadian Amputee Hockey.
what we do
Maybe we should start with who we aren't and what we don't do...
First, we are not The War Amps. We could never replace such an amazing organization, or do all the things they do for amputees and their families. But many of our players are War Amps, some of them World Champions, and we love seeing new CHAMPs at our training camps.
Second, we are not funded by any government program. We are 100% self funded. Everything we do, from fundraising to organizing our training camps, from our coaching and medical staff to our executive, even the amazing photos you see here, are all possible because of our incredible volunteers.
Third, we are not building an exclusive, amputee only hockey league. We beleive in, and promote inclusion. Our goal is to help all amputees play to the best of their ability so that they can enjoy our national pastime with their friends and peers on home ice.
So what do we do?
Our #1 goal is to get all amputees, regardless of age, sex, or ability onto the ice.
We hold open training camps, for all amputees, in various cities across Canada, where our coaching staff encourage all players to excel, and our veterans inspire everyone to push just a little harder.
We offer various programs including:
• our junior program for players between 5 and 16
• our military outreach program for injured members of the Canadian Forces
• our unique Amp'd program, taking the amputee hockey experience to minor hockey associations
Most importantly, we provide peer support in a safe dressing room where we can talk about OUR own experience with people who understand because of THEIR experience.
Take a moment to think about what makes us who we are.
It takes all of life's triumphs and tragedies to continually shape and change who we are, and how we exist in this world. Each time one of these events happen, good or bad, it is up to each of us to choose how we use the experience.
But sometimes, especially when adversity strikes, it's not easy to see the path through it.
This is what makes our Amputee Experience one of the most unique hockey programs in Canada.
Our 2 hour Amputee Experience starts with an interactive, off-ice session, for players, parents, and coaches. We candidly share what it's like to grow up missing a limb, or to lose a limb later in life. We discuss the physical and emotional hurdles we've all had to overcome, from bullying to depression. We look at the choices and decisions we've made, both good and bad, and how they've all led us to where we are today. There'll be time for questions, and a chance to see how we've adapted our prosthetics to play hockey. We want you to leave this talk with not only a small understanding of what its like missing a limb, but to feel determined and inspired.
Then our Team Canada coaches and players will outfit your entire team with our official Amputee Experience jerseys, and lead a challenging on ice practice session where you can see our world class athletes in action.
If you, your team, or your organization would like more information, or would like to book our Amputee Experience, please contact us here.
We'd be happy to tailor our Amputee Experience for corporate events as well.
Ask Us questions
This is where you get to ask us anything about amputee hockey we haven't already answered. If you know who you're looking for, feel free to use one of the email addresses below. One of us will get back to you as soon as we can. If you're not sure, you can use the general enquiry form below.
Our current Executive is: President - Don Wade
Vice President - James Reilly
Treasurer - vacant
Eastern Coordinator - Julien Belanger
Western Coordinator - Sheldon Roberts
If you are a health care provider, and have a specific question, click here.
If you are a player or a hockey mom/dad looking for more info about the program, click here.
If you'd just like to get added to our mailing list, click here.
If none of the above options seem right, feel free to use the general enquiry form below and we'll get it to the right person.
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