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'High-energy' event shines spotlight on sled hockey

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  • Goalie Chance Wollbrinck blocks a shot by Falcons Black player Ethan Burkhart during the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event Sunday at Lake Forest College's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The Lake Forest College Athletic Department and the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association sponsored the hockey game.

      Goalie Chance Wollbrinck blocks a shot by Falcons Black player Ethan Burkhart during the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event Sunday at Lake Forest College's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The Lake Forest College Athletic Department and the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association sponsored the hockey game.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Falcons Black player Charlie Paul streaks down the ice Sunday during the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event at the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse at Lake Forest College. The Lake Forest College Athletic Department and the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association sponsored the hockey game.

      Falcons Black player Charlie Paul streaks down the ice Sunday during the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event at the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse at Lake Forest College. The Lake Forest College Athletic Department and the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association sponsored the hockey game.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Falcons Black players Jason Handler, left, and Garrett Hahamy get fitted into their ice sleds Sunday before playing hockey during the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event at Lake Forest College's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

      Falcons Black players Jason Handler, left, and Garrett Hahamy get fitted into their ice sleds Sunday before playing hockey during the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event at Lake Forest College's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Falcons White player Dave Michael of Round Lake takes the puck off the wall as he gets past Falcons Black player Ethan Burkhart during the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event Sunday at Lake Forest College's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

      Falcons White player Dave Michael of Round Lake takes the puck off the wall as he gets past Falcons Black player Ethan Burkhart during the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event Sunday at Lake Forest College's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association hockey players took to the ice Sunday for the 8th annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse at Lake Forest College.

The event is held to bring community exposure to GLASA and showcase its sled hockey program.

"Today's event is really high energy. The stands are packed and (athletes) look forward to it all year." said Cindy Housner, executive director of GLASA. "You have the Paralympics games coming up in the next couple of months and this is a local event that the people can get excited about."

The event included 5-on-5 sled hockey featuring members of the GLASA Falcons, a demonstration by the Junior Falcons Mite players, a "Chuck-A-Puck" competition, raffle prizes and a silent auction.

"This is fantastic. I like the sport but, what is humbling is that no matter what your ailment is, you can come out in a sled and it levels the playing field," player David Michael of Round Lake said as he strapped himself into his ice sled.

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