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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 Year-End Banquet Registration Now Open!

03/14/2019, 6:15pm EDT

2018-19 End of Year Banquet to be held at Venus De Milo on Sat, April 6

Our year-end banquet will be held at the Venus de Milo on Saturday, April 6.  All GPYHA members and their families are invited. For more information and to order register for 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 6.  


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.

New Jr. Bears Gear!!

11/16/2018, 10:30am EST

Order your Jr. Bears gear now!

GPYHA has teamed up with Graphic Ink of East Providence to bring you new Bears gear!

All orders need to be accompanied by the order form and payment, either cash or check. The order form can be downloaded HERE or simply click the image below and print.  Orders will not be placed unless accompanied by form and payment. Please make sure that you print clearly on the order form. If you are ordering more than one of the same item, please make sure the form is clearly marked. In order for the orders to be ready by the Holidays, all forms and payment must be returned no later than November 28, 2018. Please return all completed forms to your coaches by the 28th.

Please email with any questions or concerns.

RI Special Hockey featured in Providence Journal!