By @MichaelCaples –
For the second straight season, the USA Hockey National Team Development Program will be offering a special game for hockey fans on the autism spectrum.
With their Sensory Friendly Game, the NTDP will limit sounds and videos throughout the arena, offer a general admission seating section for comfort, ‘quiet rooms’ throughout the arena and a modified concessions menu featuring gluten-free pizza and other healthier options.
“We are extremely excited to bring back the sensory-friendly game this year after a great initial reaction from the event last season,” said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations for the NTDP. “At USA Hockey, we strongly believe that hockey is for everyone. With this promotion, we are able to welcome an even larger group of fans to USA Hockey Arena, including some who have maybe never had the opportunity to see us before due to the environment of live entertainment.”
Last season, MiHockey put together a video to capture the unique atmosphere created for the families in attendance:
The puck drops at 4 p.m. on Sunday, with the NTDP Under-18 Team playing the Madison Capitols.
“Autism Alliance of Michigan is excited to partner again with USA Hockey for a sensory-friendly hockey game,” said Tammy Morris, chief program officer for the AAoM. “USA Hockey is turning down the noise and lights and accommodating those with special needs as well as community partners. We look forward to another awesome hockey game where we can leave the startle reflexes at home. Go Team USA!”