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Shamrocks Travel To San Jose For 2017 Disabled Hockey Festival / Adult Co-Ed Team

Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:59AM

The Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Team participated in the 2017 USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival. The USA Hockey Pacific District, California Amateur Hockey Association and the San Jose Sharks hosted and sponsored the 13th annual Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival held April 6-9, 2017 in San Jose, California.

Solar4America Ice at San Jose and Fremont hosted all 119 games during the festival. A total of 780 athletes, spread across 63 teams competed. Solar4America Ice at San Jose is the official practice facility of the NHL's San Jose Sharks. The state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi and is one of only seven rink facilities in the United States that currently operates at least four NHL-sized ice rinks.

The mission of the Festival was to provide a fun and exciting weekend of hockey in a grand event as well as promote and grow disabled hockey throughout the country. The festival is the largest disabled hockey event of its kind, bringing together all of the disabled hockey disciplines in one location with athletes from across the country.  The Shamrocks played teams from Colorado, Illinois, Michigan and New York.

In their opening Festival game, Catherine Faherty scored, with John McArdle providing the assist, for the Shamrocks in their 2-1 loss to the  Grand Rapids Sled Wings.  Friday night the Shamrocks defeated the Buffalo Sled Vets 4-1.  Brendan Cormier netted a hat trick.  Faherty also scored, assisted by Cormier.  Alex Drago was credited with an assist on one of Cormier's goals.  Shamrocks goalie Brian Bardell played well holding Buffalo to only one goal.  The Shamrocks lost 4-1 to the Colorado Warrior Avs in their final Festival game.  Drago scored the Shamrocks lone goal with assists from Faherty and Cormier.