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Special Hockey Program

Special Hockey Staff

Gerry Letourneau



The GPYHA/RI Special Needs Hockey program offers Learn to Skate/Instructional Hockey for children age 4 to young adult with Down Syndrome, Autism, or any other developmental disability.

Ice sessions are held Saturday mornings at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI, starting in late October and ending in March. No previous skating experience is required; enrollment is open throughout the season.

The program is open to any boy or girl who is physically able to play, but would be unable to participate in any other organized program due to his or her developmental disability. Players must be free from any physical or medical condition that could cause them to do harm to themselves or to other participants during participation.

The minimum equipment required for the program will be skates (single blade hockey skates) and a hockey helmet with face mask. We have historically found that players who have elbow pads, knee pads, hockey pants (with the standard tail-bone pad) tend to get up smiling when they fall – a great motivator for new skaters!

Private individuals have generously donated some used hockey equipment for participants in the program.

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Special Hockey News

GPYHA Year-End Banquet Registration Now Open!

03/18/2018, 3:30pm EDT

2017-18 End of Year Banquet to be held at Venus De Milo on Sat, April 14

Our year-end banquet will be held at the Venus de Milo on Saturday April 14.  All GPYHA members and their families are invited. For more information or to order "tickets" to the event, please click HERE.

Please note that you will not receive physical tickets, but will be on the list that will be checked at the door.  Tickets must be ordered in advance no later than Noon on Friday, April 13.  


Please note that all travel team players will receive a gift at the banquet for their participation in the league this year. House and instructional skaters will have received their awards on the ice at the final sessions.  

As part of a growing trend against awarding participation trophies, this year's gift for travel team players will not be a trophy.    

If anyone would like to volunteer or help out with this year's banquet, please contact Amy Gugel.  

Special Hockey Brown Event Recap!

02/11/2018, 2:45pm EST

Thank you to the Brown Men's hockey team for a fantastic day!

The Brown Men’s Hockey Team recently hosted our Special Hockey players to an all-day event at Meehan Auditorium.

Activities began in the afternoon game with the Providence team playing the Southern Connecticut Storm Special Hockey. The parents and fans were treated to an action-packed game that resulted in a very tight loss to the visitors. After the traditional handshake, Brown Head Coach Brendan Whittet came onto the ice and spoke to the players and presented them with an official Brown logo game puck.

The kids were then treated to pizza and drinks before making their way to the Brown bench to view the pregame warm-ups for the game between Brown and UConn. Then for the highlight of the day: both special hockey teams skated onto the ice to stand at the respective goal line with the college players, Providence with Brown and Connecticut with UConn, for the playing of the National Anthem.

Our appreciation to the Brown Men’s Team for graciously taking time to sign autographs and interact with the kids both on and off the ice and a very special thanks to Coach Whittet for orchestrating such a great day for our kids!

RI Special Hockey featured in Providence Journal!