Rams player Drew sizes up Winnipeg Jets D Dustin Byfuglien.
#HockeyIsForEveryone is a belief that has grown solid roots at all levels of hockey. On Monday night, that mantra took center stage during Da Beauty League playoffs at Braemar Arena during the Unified Showcase.
Organizers from Da Beauty League and Force Multiply invited 12 Minnesota Special Hockey players out to skate an exhibition period in between the two playoff games. But, it wasn't the typical exhibition we are used to...
In front of a packed Braemar Arena West Rink crowd, college hockey heroes, NHL stars and Stanley Cup winners split into two teams and joined forces with MN special hockey legends to showcase their talents on the big stage.
From the get go the challenge was on. Fast paced, up and down action lead to a flurry of opportunities.
On a few occasions, the game saw Jessica Boeser line up against brother, Vancouver Canucks F, Brock Boeser. It was all fun and games between the two as Brock got the better of Jessica on a pair of attempts while on the third try Jessica finally netted shot 5-hole on goalie Charlie Lindgren of the Montreal Canadians.
Another inter-family matchup featured Sam Cashin and his brother in law, Toronto Maple Leafs D, Jake Gardiner. Their lines never crossed paths but Jake celebrated all the same when Sam punched in a goal midway through.
In all, goals may have shown on the scoreboard but in reality the evening was primarily a celebration of all levels of inclusive hockey which greatly increased awareness for special hockey and really showed that #HockeyIsForEveryone!
Minnesota Special Hockey would like to specifically thank Da Beauty League and Force Multiply for making this happen. We would also like to thank all of the players who participated and supported us, as well as all of the fans that packed Braemar Arena who showed us immense support and provided a spectacular atmosphere for the game. You all made a night possible that our players will not forget!
Roster of Da Beauty League participants in the Unified Showcase