Annual winter classic hockey tournament held for special needs

February 25, 2014 by  

Earlier this month, the Winter Classic Hockey tournament was held in Bethpage near Massapequa Park at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center.

It is an event in which children with special needs have the opportunity to play hockey in a comforting setting against the Long Island Blues hockey team. Most likely, the Town of Oyster Bay turned to a variety of printing services to let children and their families know that such an event was taking place.

The program was started 10 years by the founders of the Long Island Blues team, Michael and Laura Russo, so that their autistic son Nicholas could play hockey. According to Laura, those on the team and in the league have conditions such as autism, Down’s syndrome, and ADHD, and range in age from five-year-olds to adults in their late twenties.

John Venditto, Town Supervisor of Oyster Bay, remarked that he is proud that his town has decided to hold this event for the fourth year in a row. The three other teams that were invited to play were the New Jersey Dare Devils, the New Jersey Avalanche, and the East Coast Jumbos.

There were a total of four games played which started at 3:30 pm and ended at 7:30 pm. There was no charge to watch the event.