2014 UCT Festival - 0827

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.


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


ASHA Team Store


Visit the new ASHA Team Store where you can purchase great ASHA clothing and athletic wear.

Visit the store at: http://snypersports.com/wp/product-category/asha/

Justin Laus, Hockey Player and Musician

Justin Laus, 22 years old, is a member of the Pittsburgh Emperors Special Hockey Team
Justin has always loved hockey, and is ecstatic that he actually gets to play on a team. 
His idols are Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux. He tells everyone who will listen, about how he got to meet Lemeiux-TWICE!
Hockey practice is the highlight of Justin's week and he has a hard time waiting for Saturdays!  He has bonded with many of his teammates. It has been great for him socially, as he keeps in touch with them between practices. 
He told his parents thank you for helping him play hockey for the team, and that he finally feels accepted. Justin has autism and a mild intellectual disability. He has struggled through adversity on many fronts, but has worked so hard to come out on top. He currently works at Life's Work Day Program in the greenhouse, and volunteers at Animal Friends. 
Justin is multi-talented and plays drums, guitar, piano, and sings. He plays guitar in a band called SPECTRUM. The band consists of musicians with special needs. The band is very talented, and inspire everyone who has been privileged to experience their shows. They are even doing a benefit concert for the Emperors Hockey Team on July 30, 2016. We are hoping they raise lots of funds to help the team, who has helped him achieve his dream!
Justin wishes to thank John and Tracey Stevenson who give their heart and soul to lead the team, and the coaches, players and their families who have made him feel so welcome!

Lamoureux Twins Join ASHA Ambassadors

The definition of CHAMPION—look no further! With tremendous excitement, ASHA welcomes Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux as our next ASHA Ambassadors. America fell in love with our Team USA 4x World Champions and Silver Medal superstars during the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. Monique was selected by the Boston Blades in the 2014 CWHL Draft, and would win the 2015 Clarkson Cup. Jocelyne and Monique, bring years of leadership, genuine heart and commitment for greater access of ice hockey to everyone, including those with special needs. We are incredibly excited and thrilled! Everyone welcome, Jocelyne and Monique to the ASHA Ambassadors Program!