Save the Date: March 3, 2024!
Check out the sled hockey action at Springfield’s MassMutual Center in a doubleheader that starts with the annual Cammer Cup. The Springfield Thunderbirds sled hockey program, administered by CHD’s All-In Barrier-Free Recreation, supports three teams of adult competitive/travel, adult recreation, and youth sled hockey players.
The ticket is good for both sled hockey games and the AHL Thunderbirds vs. Bridgeport Islanders game at 3:05 p.m. The T-Birds contest is a sensory friendly game (see info below).
Defense zone tickets cost $20, with a portion of each ticket going back to the sled hockey team as a fundraiser.
Local sled-brities vs Junior/Rec Sled hockey teams
Thunderbirds sled hockey travel vs. Vermont Pioneers
Springfield Thunderbirds vs. Bridgeport Islanders
Tickets Include T-Birds Sensory Friendly Game vs. Bridgeport Islanders
The Springfield Thunderbirds, in conjunction with CHD and Springfield College’s Department of Occupational Therapy, will host their fourth annual sensory-friendly game on Sunday, March 3 at 3:05 p.m., when the Thunderbirds host the Bridgeport Islanders.
The game presentation will feature decreased stimulation, including no goal horn or noise meters, decreased microphone and music volume, no strobing lights, and consistent lighting throughout the game and pregame, as well as “cool-down stations”—quiet areas in the MassMutual Center, away from the seating bowl—and a “sensory story” booklet and other supportive items for guests.
Ben Craft, vice president of Community Engagement at CHD, noted that “CHD and the T-Birds started the sensory game four years ago, and it quickly became a favorite among families and fans who may not otherwise have been able to fully enjoy the excitement of hockey in Springfield. Inclusion and opportunity are at the core of CHD’s mission, and in our strong partnership with the Thunderbirds, we are together demonstrating that care finds a way.”
For ticket information, and fans with questions regarding the sensory-friendly game, call 413-739-4625 or by visiting www.springfieldthunderbirds.com.