The first-ever Western Regional Blind Ice Hockey Tournament is underway at the Langley Sportsplex this weekend.
Teams were assembled with players from various communities, so they did not have team names, an organizer explained.
“It’s for bragging rights,” said Nick Beatty of the International Blind Ice Hockey Federation.
Competitors came from the Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey team which has people from across the lower mainland, the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, Edmonton SeeHawks, Toronto Ice Owls, les Hiboux de Montreal, and Washington Wheelers Blind Hockey team
The first match on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. pitted the red and yellow teams against each other. Red won 8-7.
Games were scheduled for 5:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.
The sport is played by athletes whose level of vision ranges from legally blind (10 per cent vision or less) to completely blind.
It is the first time the federation has staged a regional event in western Canada, part of its campaign to improve the profile of the sport with the ultimate aim of winning recognition from the Paralympics.