In April 2018 the team won a Divisional national title in the nation’s largest Disabled Hockey Festival in West Dundee, Il. More than 120 teams and 1,700 players from the U.S. and Canada competed in the two week-long 2018 USA Disabled Hockey Festival.
“Our injured and disabled veterans were up against able bodied players who were faster and more experienced,” says Rick Briggs, General Manager of the Motor City Veterans Hockey Association and retired Major USAF. “They learned to make quicker decisions, better passes and to skate faster, which ultimately helped us big time against other disabled hockey teams of our level in the Festival.”
The CNS Warriors are sponsored by Center for Neurological Studies (CNS), a Novi-based developer of advanced MRI techniques for the detection of mild to moderate brain injuries that often result from battle-related injuries. The program can be helpful in the healing process and is a way to bring attention to the “Hope After Combat” research program founded by CNS.
“Most of them know someone who is dealing with Invisible Wounds or they have felt the impact themselves,” says John Russell, CEO and Founder of CNS. “The hockey team is part of an advocacy and awareness program we’ve initiated to let veterans who may have suffered traumatic brain injuries or PTSD know that they’re not alone and that the CNS Hope After Combat program is open and available to them.”
Since the program’s inception, the MCWHP has provided over 4000 man-hours of ice time to over 100 Warriors throughout Southeastern Michigan and Metro-Detroit at no cost to the Disabled Veterans. All ice time is paid for through corporate sponsorships and private donations. Through MAHA and private donations, most Warriors have been outfitted with new, up-to-date skates and other safety equipment. The MCWHP hosts a staff of volunteer coaches with an experienced and extensive background in hockey.
The hockey team is in need of funding for ice time, travel and other related expenses. Your donation will give veterans an opportunity to be part of a team with other veterans. The hockey team environment gives veterans someone else to talk to and helps builds trust and camaraderie, amongst the team, and with their fellow veterans in their communities.
Please help the Motor City Warriors Veteran Hockey Team keep skating toward a brighter future.
You can donate to the Warriors “Go Fund Me” page HERE!