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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.

For more information email:

Special Hockey News

GPYHA COVID-19 Announcement

03/17/2020, 2:15pm EDT

GPYHA to Postpone Tryouts, End of Season Banquet

In light of the present COVID-19 situation, RI Hockey as issued a directive that all RI-based hockey organizations must suspend all hockey operations, including practices and tryouts. In addition, many local rinks have closed their doors due to the virus.

As a consequence, GPYHA will postpone the impending 2020-21 season Travel Team Tryouts scheduled for later this month. These tryouts will be re-scheduled for a date after RI Hockey lifts their current suspension directive. Further, GPYHA has postponed the end of season banquet until a date to be named in the future.

For those that already have registered for either or both events, no need to do anything at this time...your current registration will automatically be maintained for the new dates, when available.

The health and safety of our GPYHA community is our top priority. We encourage all members to adhere to guidelines provided by the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

We look forward to sharing more information as it becomes available and hope to welcome back hockey very soon.

Registration for 2019-20 GPYHA House League, Instructional and Special Hockey programs is now open. PLEASE register as soon as possible.

Program schedules will be available soon - all three programs will run from October through the middle of March.

To learn more about GPYHA programs, please visit our website HERE.

Steps to register are as follows (you must complete both and log in separately for each player being registered):

  1. Register with and get a number from USA Hockey for the 2019-2020 season.  Please note that this is an annual registration requirement, so your 2018-2019 number will not work. To register with USA Hockey click HERE.
  2. Register with GPYHA. To register with GPYHA click HERE and select the registration link to House League-Instructional-Special Hockey Registration.

Also, please note that if you have an outstanding balance owed from the 2018-2019 season your child will not be permitted to skate until the balance has been paid-in-full.

We are looking forward to another great hockey season !!

RI Special Hockey featured in Providence Journal!