With First-Ever Sled Game, 'Dogs Helping Community

By KBJR News 1

September 6, 2012 Updated Sep 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team will switch skates for sleds this upcoming Saturday, part of an effort to raise money for disabled hockey programs in the state of Minnesota.

"They'll be facing off against the Minnesota Northern of the Midwest Sled Hockey League," UMD men's hockey director of operations Christian Koelling said. "We thought it'd be a great way for people in the community to get out and see a sled hockey game. I think that's something a lot of people haven't seen."

The event, set for 2:00 p.m. on September 8 at the Heritage Sports Center, is free and open to the public. Donations, however, will be accepted and will benefit Duluth Area Special and Sled Hockey (DASSH) and the Minnesota Sled Hockey Association.

"The community is so great to the Bulldogs," Koelling said. "All the sports, especially our team, so the guys really take that to heart and do what they can to help in the community.

DASSH was created in January 2012 to help provide opportunites to people with physical and developmental disabilites to participate in the game of hockey. A full slate of ice sessions has already been scheduled for the 2012-13 season.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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