Special Hockey Ambassadors
The American Special Hockey Association is proud to annouce a great new program which makes our organization even stronger.
Special Hockey Ambassadors are current and former professional hockey players and coaches who serve as advocates for special hockey programs and players. They support the mission of the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to give more people with developmental disabilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.
Created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities, ASHA sponsors clinics, games, and tournaments but has a strong emphasis on therapy rather than completion. There are currently more than 58 programs in over 54 cities throughout the United States.
Special hockey ambassadors lend their names, visibility, and influenceto bring attention to the abilities of people with developmental disabilities. By doing so, they promote the sport of hockey while building acceptance, tolerance, and respect for people of all abilities.
Current Special Hockey Ambassadors
• Matt Carkner, New York Islanders
• Kelly Chase, St. Louis Blues (retired)
• Peter Ciavaglia, Buffalo Sabres (retired)
• Matt Cullen, Two Time Stanley Cup Champ
• Ken Daneyko, New Jersey Devils (retired)
• Daryl Evans, LA Kings (retired) Kings Radio Commentator
• Dave Hakstol, Philadelphia Flyers, Head Coach
• Bryan Helmer, Hershey Bears, Assistant Coach
• Thomas Hickey, New York Islanders
• Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals (retired)
• Craig Laughlin, Washington Capitals (retired) TV Commentator
• Jordan Leopold, Minnesota Wild (retired)
• Jocelyne Lamoureux, Team USA Women
• Monique Lamoureux, Team USA Women
• Scott Mellanby, St. Louis Blues (retired)
• Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
• Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings, Vice-President
• Roy Sommer, San Jose Barracudas, Head Coach