Oct 16, 2010 1:11 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow
Vlad Lundquist lost his legs, but not his love for sports.
This teenager began playing sled hockey four years ago and says, "Just going fast is my thing," and he currently plays for the Colorado Springs Sled Hockey Association.
In recent years, the sport has gained momentum and in March of 2010, the U.S Paralympic Sled Hockey Team won its second-ever gold medal in Vancouver.
Traditional hockey and sled hockey differ simply in the way the player moves around on the ice. Players use a special sled, as well as two hockey sticks to move around.
As for the cost of these sleds...not cheap. They run in the several hundred dollar range.
In an effort to help alleviate costs on participants involved with the Colorado Springs Sled Hockey Association, the Colorado Springs Fire and Police Departments will be facing off in their Third Annual Guns ‘N Hoses charity hockey match on Saturday, October 16, 2010.
Both departments want to win, but both also agree that the real winners are the kids and adults who play in the league. One of the goals of the event is to also raise awareness of the sport in the community.
This year, a new supporter is hitting the ice. Former Bronco and current Manitou football coach Justin Armour is excited to be a part of the event. "I don't dun out and do a lot of charity-type stuff all the time but man, this one's right up my alley. I love working with the kids and being around them."
As for the event, all proceeds benefit the Colorado Springs Sled Hockey Association.
The event is Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Sertich Ice Center in Colorado Springs.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and free for kids 12 and younger.
Tickets can be purchased at Slapshot Sports, all King Soopers, by phone at 1-866-464-2626, or online at www.ticketswest.com.