Save the Date: February 26, 2023!
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.
Defense zone tickets cost $18 (compared to the usual $20 plus fees), with a portion of each ticket going back to the sled hockey team as a fundraiser.
The ticket is good for both sled hockey games and the AHL Thunderbirds vs. Charlotte Checkers game at 3:05 p.m. The T-Birds contest is a sensory friendly game (see info below).
Cammer Cup with rec and junior players—featuring celebrity guest players
Thunderbirds sled hockey travel team game vs. Vermont Pioneers
Springfield Thunderbirds vs. Charlotte Checkers
Tickets Include T-Birds Sensory Friendly Game vs. Charlotte Checkers
The Springfield Thunderbirds, in conjunction with CHD and Springfield College’s Department of Occupational Therapy, will host their third annual sensory-friendly game on Sunday, February 26, at 3:05 p.m., when the Thunderbirds host the Charlotte Checkers.
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 two “cool-down stations”—quiet areas on the concourse and main entry level of 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 two seasons 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.