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Hockey tournament held for disabled players

Posted at: 04/06/2013 11:05 PM

Just a day after the ice rink at Monroe Community College was renamed the Bill Gray's Iceplex it is hosting a very special tournament.

The Rochester Ice Cats hosted the eighth annual Rochester Special Hockey Friendship Tournament at the Iceplex on Saturday.

Ten teams from New York and Canada took to the ice. The teams are made up of individuals with developmental disabilities from five years-old to more than 40 years-old.

Without the Ice Cats, local disabled hockey players wouldn't ever get a chance to show their skills on the ice.

"They're getting to experience something that we all take for granted, but they have the opportunity to participate and really find the enjoyment that comes from the sport,” said Tom Simmons President of Rochester Special Hockey.

The tournament was run by coaches and parents of the athletes as well as volunteers from local high school and college teams.