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Created in 2000 for players with develop­mental disa­bilities, the Amer­ican Special Hockey Assoc­iation (ASHA) gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey. There are currently over 50 ASHA programs in more than 30 cities through­out the United States. Follow special hockey on Twitter and Facebook.

The 6th annual 2017 UCT Winter Hockey Festival, January 13-15, 2017 Valencia, CA

The 6th annual 2017 UCT Winter Hockey Festival is taking place January 13-15, 2017 at the Ice Station Valencia in Valencia, California.

The 6th annual UCT Winter Hockey Festival for special hockey programs is headed back to Valencia, California! We’re expecting teams from throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada to turn out to participate in games Jan. 13-15, 2017, at the Ice Station Valencia, the premiere ice facility in Southern California.

Some highlights of the festival include the annual Opening Ceremonies, medaling ceremony, special guest appearances, giveaways, prizes, merchandise for sale, silent auction, and more! New this year will be Closing Ceremonies at the social event!  Don’t miss your chance to play in a chilled arena in warm and sunny California in January 2017!


If you are struggling to put together your full team to travel to and participate in the 2017 UCT WHF, we encourage you to bring a partial team. We will be happy to combine and put together an “All-Star” team so that all athletes can participate in the festival.

Nearby Airports:
(BUR) Burbank Bob Hope Airport – 24 miles to Ice Station Valencia
(LAX) Los Angeles International Airport – 41 miles to Ice Station Valencia

UCT Gives Back AGAIN to Special Hockey Video Contest


UCT Gives Back AGAIN to SPECIAL HOCKEY Video Contest

UCT has been helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 50 years. Members support schools, workshops, camps and other programs that benefit those with disabilities. UCT also supports the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA). 

Last year, we gave $15,000 to two deserving special hockey programs. Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response to the 2015 UCT Gives Back to Special Hockey video contest, we’re sponsoring another video contest for special hockey programs across North America – the UCT Gives Back AGAIN to Special Hockey Video Contest! We have two prizes to give away AGAIN – the first-place winner will receive $10,000 and the second-place winner will receive $5,000!  It’s easy to enter:

  • Create a short video up to 2 1/2 minutes long
  • The video doesn’t need to be professionally filmed – use a video camera or smartphone and keep it simple
  • Explain how the $10,000 would help your program and what UCT means to you
  • Video finalists will be posted on UCT’s Facebook page for followers to vote on the winners, and you can VOTE once per day


*This year we will not be showing the total votes on the leader board*
*This year the voting period will only last 4 weeks*


UCT Gives Back – for more information and the timeline.


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2015 UCT Gives Back to Special Hockey Winners:
1st Place $10,000:  West Michigan Patriots
2nd Place $5,000:  CCYHA Columbus Blue Jackets Special Hockey

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C. (void in Puerto Rico) and Canada (excl. Quebec). Must be 18 or older (U.S.) or age of majority (Canada) to enter. One first-place prize of US$10,000 for your team, and one second-place prize of US$5,000 for your team is available to be won. Limit one entry per person per team. Odds of winning the prize depends on the number and caliber of eligible submissions and the number of votes received. Math skill-testing question required in Canada.

Information about Concussions in Sports; Recommended Training for Senior Coaches

The following link is information about the impact of concussions on players in all sports.  ASHA is very aware of the risk of a concussion while playing hockey, and we wish to make all ASHA members aware of the available information.

Please review the following link so that you are aware of what happens when a concussion occurs, what you should do about it, and how concussed players should be treated..

Guidelines for Management of Cuncussion in Sports:

2017 Rochester Ice Cats Friendship Tournament April 1 & 2, 2017

From Tom Simmons:


The 2017 11th Annual Rochester Ice Cats Friendship Tournament is being held on Saturday/Sunday, April 1/2, 2017.

Please see the details of the tournament in the link in the above sentence.  Applications must be submitted no later than December 22, 2016.

The tournament will host 16 teams, so complete the application in the attached link soon.


John Murphy

ASHA VP Administration