Jim Daley, DSS Work Study,competes on Team USA in the ISIHF World Championship!
One of our work study students, Jim Daley, recently competed in the ISIHF World Championships in Tampere, Finland. Jim was born without his left arm. The ISIHF is more commonly referred to as Amputee Hockey. Many people confuse this organization with the Sled Hockey Paralympic sport however the ISIHF is all standing ice hockey. Participants use prosthetic limbs and/or just play regularly which is something they have adapted to over time with their disability. The ISIHF is looking to eventually become a Paralympic sport. As of right now there are four teams that compete regularly which are USA, Latvia, Canada, and Finland. Canada won the gold this year, Finland won the Silver, and Latvia won the Bronze. The United States was winning 4-2 with 5 minutes left in the game when Latvia scored two quick goals to force overtime. Latvia then scored the game winning goal in the first minute of overtime. Nonetheless this is a great organization that is looking for awareness and any participants with amputated limbs who are interested in playing standing ice hockey. The range of participants vary from those who are only missing one hand to participants who are missing both legs. The next World Championships will be two years from this April in Massachusetts. Look out for dates and times to come support your country and see an extremely competitive ice hockey tournament!