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Mohawk Valley welcomes USA Blind Hockey team for training camp

USA Blind Hockey and the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) have partnered up to bring the country's first blind hockey team to the Mohawk Valley for their preseason training camp.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 11:25 PM

Team USA arrived Wednesday morning to the Mohawk Valley, they've had a full schedule including an orientation tour of the Whitestown Community Center and Ice Rink.

That's where the team will hold a preseason contest against well-known, local hockey players on Saturday. Tickets are $7 and all proceeds will benefit the USA Blind Hockey team. The game is from 7:30-9 p.m. Fans will be able to meet the players after the game.

The training camp is designed to teach players how to play hockey, orientate themselves in a locker room and on the ice and how to represent a national team.

UC hockey's Zach Borsoi and CABVI's Vice President Kathy Beaver played a key role in this new-found hockey partnership.

"So what better fit for us as a blindness agency to bring the team to central New York," said Beaver. "We're also Hockeyville USA. We can support this team. So I pulled in many partners. This community has been phenomenally gracious toward us, supportive in bringing the team here so they're here from today until Sunday."

After getting settled on Wednesday, the team will be right back at the rink Thursday morning for practice, then a scrimmage in the evening against players from New Hartford. Then they'll take on players from Whitesboro on Friday.

These scrimmages are closed to the public as they players get acclimated with the rink but everyone is encouraged to attend Saturday's game.

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