Whitestown, N.Y. - The USA Blind Hockey team made it's full game action debut during an exhibition game against local hockey players at Whitestown Ice Rink, Saturday.
CABVI along with USA Blind Hockey teamed up to bring the first-ever national team training camp to central New York and it culminated with the exhibition game in front of hundreds of excited fans.
"It's cool," said Canastota resident, Andrew Lawman. "It's nice to see blind people play for the first time out here."
The locals ended up winning the game 11-10, but what was more important were the lessons learned through watching these athletes play.
"It doesn't matter what weakness you have," said Utica resident, Krestain Watson. "You have the courage to do anything you set your mind to, and prove everyone wrong by doing the unthinkable"
It was also a big night for the team, who saw the pinnacle of their hard work and dedication come to life.
"This is huge, we've been working for this for a really long time," said USA Blind Hockey team player, Christine Vanturini. "To see it grow to this magnitude in such a short time is just incredible for the sport"
With such a great cast of supporting fans coming out to watch the team in it's debut game, the USA Blind Hockey may not be done in this area.
"Hopefully next year, we'll be back here in Utica," said Michael Svac, USA Blind Hockey team GM and head coach. "The team may be a little different, if we get the word out we'll have more players that will want to come out and be part of this."