The Mighty Pens get new sled-accessible dasher boards thanks to ATI and The Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins and ATI donated funds to install sled-accessible dashboards in 2 local Pittsburgh rinks to support our Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey teams. The boards were installed at RMU Island Sports Center and our home rink, BladeRunners Ice Complex in Harmarville.
Sled-accessible boards give our Mighty Pens athletes an opportunity to compete and utilize the playing surface like able-bodied players. The boards provide an easier on and off transition for players to utilize the benches and the penalty boxes. Without the sled-accesbile dashers and benches, sled hockey teams must line up along the boards on the ice during games. This creates a delay in play when pucks enter player “benches” on-ice as well as a potentially unsafe situation for all players.
The sled-accessible dashers in Pittsburgh are some of the very first to be installed in North America. The Penguins and ATI have given our Mighty Pens an amazing opportunity to train and compete on the same level as Team USA’s National Sled Hockey Paralympic gold medalists. We are proud to have state-of-the art facilities in Pittsburgh just like the sled hockey pros! The Pittsburgh Penguins have once again demonstrated their commitment to providing the best opportunities for athletes of all abilities to excel.
A huge thanks from our amazing Mighty Pens athletes to ATI and the Pittsburgh Penguins for supporting our dreams! Hockey Is For Everyone!