Lobster Pot: It's Not Fish
Stew, It's Tournament Sled Hockey
New Englanders to Fight New York
Teams for First Annual Crown Dec. 12-14
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
December 4, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. - The landmark of New England's ice hockey season may
very well be the Bean Pot, an annual competition among Boston's
hometown college teams. But for the first time this December, New
Englanders can attend what may become an annual landmark on the
sled hockey scene - the Lobster Pot.
From Friday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 14, four sled hockey
teams will compete against each other in this invitational at the
Family Ice Center in Falmouth, Maine. The Northeast Passage Crushers,
affiliated with the University of New Hampshire and the Family Ice
Center, will host the Boston Blades, the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans
Association (EPVA) Islanders from Long Island, and the Buffalo Freeze.
Sled hockey is the fastest growing winter sport for people with
physical disabilities. What's unique about it is that sled hockey
is the only sport where able-bodied athletes play alongside those
with disabilities (except in Paralympic-sanctioned events). Players
compete in sleds mounted on two hockey skate blades.
The USA won the Gold Medal in the 2002 Winter Paralympics, and
14 current or former Team USA and US Paralympic Team members will
be playing in the Lobster Pot.
"There are probably 50 sled hockey teams out there and these
guys were invited for their quality hockey, consistency, and good,
friendly play," said event coordinator and Northeast Passage
Crushers team member Craig Gray.
The game schedule is as follows: Friday, Dec. 12 - 7 p.m. and
9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13 - 8 a.m., 10.a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.;
championship game Sunday, Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. Admission is free.
The Family Ice Center is located at 20 HatTrick Drive in Falmouth
(behind WalMart on Route 1). Call 207-781-4200 for directions.
The University of New Hampshire's Northeast Passage, WMTW-Channel
8, Family Ice Center in Falmouth, and Alpha One of South Portland
are sponsors of the Lobster Pot.