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Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association Falcons Sled Hockey Team

    HPHS Giants 3-12-15

    The Highland Park High School Giants hosted the GLASA Falcons at Centennial Ice Arena on Thursday, March 12, 2015 for a co-mingled scrimmage.  It was good competition and exciting down to the wire.  The "Away" team pulled goalie in the final minute for an added chance to tie the game.  And although they had some chances, they just couldn't put the puck in the net.  It was a fun night for all.  Thank you, HPHS Giants!

    Chuck Wyder defines why adaptive sports make life better for athletes with disabilities

    Meet the team - Nationals 2014

    The Ice Warriors:  US Paralympic Sled Team's quest for Gold.  Check it out!

    Thank You Cody Murphy

    Ice Warriors - USA SLED HOCKEY

    GLASA Falcons our 2013 National Champions

    GLASA Falcons our 2013 National Champions

    SPECIAL THANKS TO BEYOND THE EDGE

    Special thanks to Anthony Ventura and Wes Smith of Beyond the Edge for welcoming the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Tournament Team and facilitating off-ice training in preparation for nationals in Philadelphia March 21 - 24, 2013.  No Quit, No Excuses!  GO GLASA Falcons!

    GLASA Falcons Thank RIC Blackhawks B Team

    The GLASA Falcons National Championship Tournament Team returned home to a victory lap and scrimmage game vs the RIC Blackhawks B Team at McFetridge Sports Center in Chicago on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.  Thank you RIC Blackhawks for hosting the GLASA Falcons and treating us to a pizza party in the lobby following the game.  

    GLASA looks forward to Hornets Rematch!


    Coach Fritz with the GLASA Falcons Team

    GLASA Falcons Youth Hockey Team hosted the Hornets for a friendly scrimmage game at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, February 24.  A. Backus made his BIG debut in net for the GLASA Falcons and his teammates were able to come from behind to tie the game at 3 to 3 in the third period.  Despite the late surge by the Falcons, the Hornets were able to battle back and score the winning goal with only a few minutes left in game.  GLASA Falcons battled hard again in the offensive zone but could not put the puck away before the clock ran out.  Congratulations Hornets!  GLASA is looking forward to a rematch in 2013-14!

    The Lake Forest High School (LFHS) Varsity Scouts Hockey Team Gives Back!


    GLASA Falcons with LFHS Scouts Varsity

    The Lake Forest High School (LFHS) Varsity Scouts Hockey Team Gives Back!  On Wednesday, February 20 the LFHS Scouts Varsity hosted the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) Falcons for it 3rd Annual "Scouts Meet Sleds" game at Lake Forest College.  In addition to providing ice, LFHS Varsity donated a portion of proceeds from it annual Holiday Trees & Greens sale to the GLASA Falcons - and an anonymous donor matched the gift - which enabled the GLASA Falcons to purchase four new sleds for its program - a $4,000.00 gift!   Thank you, Scout Hockey and community supporters!
     
    This is the second year Scout Hockey donated sleds to the GLASA Falcons.   One of the recipients this year is a future Scout - A. Kohout, Class of 2017...and a past recipient - N. Nissly -  is also a Scout, Class of 2013.  Nissly was named to the US Woman's National Sled Hockey Team this season, plans to attend the University of Wisconsin (Whitewater) in the fall and hopes to earn a spot on the US Paralympic team in 2018.  Kohout has the ability to compete at a national level as well.  Thank you Scout Hockey for making dreams a reality for these fine athletes.  Without community support, many GLASA athletes could not participate in adaptive sports.  Thank you for your generosity.  Dream big, GLASA athletes!

    GLASA Falcons vs. RIC Blackhawks B Team, the Blizzards


    GLASA Falcons with RIC Blackhawks B Team the Blizzards


    The GLASA Falcons hosted the RIC Blackhawks B Team - known as the Blizzards - for a rematch at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, February 17.  Patrick Byrne, USA Paralympic Gold medalist, was on hand to coach the Blizzards to victory but the GLASA Falcons proved to be too much to handle, skating to a 4 to 1 win.  It was a great game...some of the best competition of the year!  GLASA Falcons are hoping to face off with the Blizzards a couple more times before heading to national in March.  Congratulations GLASA Falcons!
     

    GLASA Falcons vs. USA Warriors

    The USA Warriors - a national sled team of wounded veterans - faced off with the GLASA Falcons at the Edge II Ice Arena in Bensenville on Friday, February 15.  GLASA Falcons could tell by the size of the players in the lobby that they were about to face off with a very tough team.  The Warriors motto "None Tougher" sure was the case on Friday.  The Warriors skated to a 6 to 1 victory over the GLASA Falcons.  Despite the loss, the GLASA Falcons enjoyed the fierce competition.  It was an honor and privilege to compete against the bravest men in the country - those who give so much for all of us!  Congratulations and thank you!  GLASA Falcons look forward to seeing the Warriors at nationals in March!  In the meantime, we're told the Warriors rounded off their weekend with at night at the Blackhawks game, a sled game against the RIC Blackhawks A team at Soldier Field, some Chicago-style pizza and more!  They truly enjoyed the various invitations, stellar hospitality and give thanks to all!

    GLASA Falcons Thank the Spengel Family for their Generous Donation


    GLASA Falcons' Ben Spengel, parents Keith and Trish and brother, Dane Spengel

    GLASA Falcons' Ben Spengel, parents Keith and Trish and brother, Dane presented a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to the GLASA Falcons at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, February 17 just before puck drop against the RIC Blackhawks B team.  Ben raised this money last summer at a track & field event that he started in McHenry county to raise awareness of adaptive sports.  Patrick Byrne, USA Paralympic Gold medalist, was on hand to honor Ben for a job well done.  Patrick and Ben teamed at the event, along with support from GLASA and many other sponsors, to make this event a reality.  Congratulations and thank you, Spengel Family!

    Thank You Notre Dame

    The  Notre Dame Varsity and JV teams hosted the GLASA Falcons on Saturday, January 26 at the Iceland Skate Complex in Niles.  The GLASA Falcons co-mingled their team with Notre Dame's for four periods of competition - two with Varsity and two with JV.  Special thanks to Notre Dame for provided two hours of ice, a chuck-a-puck contest between games and donating $167.27 in proceeds to benefit the GLASA Falcons.  GLASA athletes enjoyed a keepsake mug and puck to take home and look forward to a rematch in 2013-14.  Thank you Notre Dame!

    GLASA Falcons vs. Hornets

    GLASA Falcons win!   The GLASA Falcons Youth Team traveled to Addison Ice Arena on Tuesday, January 22 to face the Hornet's youth team.  The GLASA Falcons skated to a 3 to 1 victory over the Hornets, securing the first-ever win against the Hornets in the past five years.  Congratulations GLASA Falcons!  Your dedication, hard work and perseverance paid off!  Keep skating fast GLASA Falcons!

    GLASA Falcons Teamed Up with Falcons Midget A

    The GLASA Falcons and Falcons Midget A co-mingled their teams to compete in a friendly scrimmage game at Hot Shot Ice Arena in Lake Bluff on Sunday, January 13.  This event was well received by the players on both sides.  GLASA athletes enjoyed an opportunity to compete alongside some of the best able-bodied athletes in the area.  Thank you Midget A!

    Special Thanks to the Winter Club Polar Bears


    GLASA Falcons vs. Winter Club Polar Bears Winter Classic 2013

    Special thanks to the Winter Club Polar Bears for hosting the GLASA Falcons at its 1st Annual Home vs Away Winter Classic on Saturday, January 12.  The Bantam Polar Bears co-mingled their team with ours and it proved to be a very exciting event.  Thankfully Mother Nature cooperated by offering balmy spring-like conditions for the GLASA Falcons first-ever outdoor competition.  GLASA Falcons look forward to the 2nd Annual Home vs. Away Winter Classic in 2013-14!  Thank you Winter Club!  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

    GLASA is Changing his life...


    E. Burkhart, GLASA Falcons

    GLASA has changed many lives for the better and here's a letter from Jen Burkhart who writes about her son Ethan's experience with the organization.  Click here to read more...

    Dear FHA Members,

     

    Please purchase an exclusive t-shirt via your team manager. Proceeds benefit the GLASA Falcons - our youth, adult and veteran players who have a primary physical or visual impairment. Your support opens doors so these amazing athletes can participate in the great game of sled hockey.  Click here to learn more about GLASA.

     

    Click here to learn more about the t-shirt sale and sled hockey or visit the GLASA Falcons team page at www.falconshockey.org.

     

    Exclusive Falcons GLASA Supporter T-Shirt  

    Your team manager will be accepting orders through Sunday, December 23. The team who orders the most t-shirts will be invited to participate in a sled hockey game with the GLASA Falcons followed by a pizza party at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, January 6.

     


    The deadline to order Falcon T-Shirts in support of the GLASA Falcons has been extended through the weekend to accommodate house players who have not had an opportunity to place an order.  Orders are being accepted by your coach, team manager or at the warm up distribution locations.

     

    Saturday, December 22
    Hot Shot Ice Arena 9:00AM - 11:30AM (Mites)


    Sunday, December 23
    Centennial Ice Arena 8:30AM (Mighty Mites)
     

    Thank you very much for your generous support!

    "Let No One Sit on the Sidelines!"

    Falcons Hockey Association

    GLASA Falcons

    GLASA Falcons hosted the RIC Blackhawks B Team, know as the Chicago Blizzards, on Sunday, December 16

    GLASA Falcons hosted the RIC Blackhawks B Team, know as the Chicago Blizzards, on Sunday, December 16.  Special thanks to Patrick Byrne, USA Paralympic Gold Medalist, and other USA sled players for mentoring our youth recreational players.  The GLASA Falcons competitive team followed the recreational players with a 2 to 1 come from behind victory over the Blizzards.  Great team effort GLASA Falcons!  Looking forward to a rematch in February!  GO GLASA FALCONS!

    GLASA Falcons vs. Falcons Bantam Minors


    GLASA Falcons vs. Falcons Bantam Minors

    GLASA Falcons hosted the Falcons CSDHL Bantam Minors at Hot Shot Ice Arena (HSIA) on Sunday, December 9.  The GLASA Falcons skated to victory with seven unanswered goals - adding to a strong start to the season:  4 - 0 - 0.  Thank you Bantam Majors for skating hard and enjoying the great game of sled hockey!  

    Next up...GLASA Falcons host the RIC Blackhawks at HSIA on Sunday, December 16 - our first game of the season against a neighboring sled hockey team.  GO GLASA Falcons!  Come out and meet USA Paralympic Gold Medalist #14 Patrick Byrne and cheer the GLASA Falcons on to victory!

    GLASA Falcons vs. Falcons Midget Majors


    GLASA Falcons vs. Falcons Midget Majors

    GLASA Falcons hosted the Falcons Midget Majors at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, December 2.   And although the Midgets created a few great scoring opportunities, the GLASA Falcons managed 6 unanswered points.  Congratulations, GLASA Falcons!  Keep up the hard work!  Special recognition goes to S. Smith of the Midgets for his stellar effort in net with over 30 saves!    Thank you Midget Majors!

    GLASA Falcons vs. Deerfield High School Warriors


    GLASA Falcons hosted Deerfield High School Warriors

    GLASA Falcons hosted the Deerfield High School Warriors at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, October 28.   And although the Warriors had fun and gave it their best, the GLASA Falcons skated to a 7 to 0 victory!  Congratulations, GLASA Falcons!  Keep skating fast!  

    October 13 vs. LFA's Prep Team 2-0 Victory


    GLASA Falcons with LFA's Prep Team

    The GLASA Falcons kicked off the 2012-13 season with a 2 to 0 victory over Lake Forest Academy's (LFA's) Prep Team on Saturday, October 13.  Special thanks to LFA for hosting the GLASA Falcons in conjunction with its Parent Weekend.  Many spectators were introduced to the great game of sled hockey, GLASA and adaptive sports.  Certainly an impressive start to an exciting season ahead!  

    Next up:  GLASA Falcons vs Deerfield HS Varsity, Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm, Hot Shot Ice Arena.  Come out and cheer the GLASA Falcons on to victory!

    2012-2013 Season

    The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) Falcons Sled Hockey Team kicks off its 2012-2013 season Sunday, October 7 and is seeking youth and adult volunteers to help facilitate weekly practice at Hot Shot Ice Arena (HSIA).

    Equipment Assistant: help players get to and from the locker room, outfitted with gear and ready for on-ice play. Accepting volunteers 12 years and older. No hockey skill required.

    SHIFT 1: 2:45 – 4:30 PM
    SHIFT 2: 4:30 – 6:00 PM

    On-Ice Assistant: help push and/or mentor sled hockey players on ice during practice and/or scrimmage play. Accepting volunteers 14 years and older who are proficient skaters with hockey background. Hockey skates, helmet, gloves and hockey attire required (warm ups or jersey, etc. – no jeans, please).

    SHIFT 1: 3:15 – 5:00 PM
    SHIFT 2: 5:00 – 6:00 PM

    To volunteer, please complete the attached volunteer form and submit it to GLASA. For more information about sled hockey, please contact Julie Davis at davis@falconshockey.org or 847.828.9793.

    Thank you very much for your kind consideration and dedication to the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Team. “Let No One Sit on the Sidelines!”
     

    Please Donate Used Hockey Equipment to the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Team

    Are you looking to get rid of your old hockey equipment? If so, please consider donating it to the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Team. All gear…in all sizes… is needed – pads, skates, jerseys, socks…even broken sticks can be adapted for use in sled hockey.

    Please leave your donation with the Kluchka family at Hot Shot Ice Arena in Lake Bluff or contact Julie Davis to arrange for pick up, davis@falconshockey.org or 847.828.9793.

    Thank you very much for your generous support!

    Falcons Hockey Association
     

    2011 - 2012 Season

    Ana Beleval of WGN Visits with the GLASA Team

    Ana Beleval of WGN Morning News - Around Town - was on hand to capture the highlights. Watch the interview below...

    GLASA Falcons faced off against the Lake Forest College Men's and Women's hockey teams on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 a.m. at Lake Forest College (LFC) to promote its upcoming fundraising event, The Sleds Are Coming! Don't miss the 2nd Annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event on February 12, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at LFC!

    GLASA Falcons vs. RIC Blackhawks Men's B Team

    The GLASA Falcons hosted the RIC Blackhawks Men's B team at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, March 4. The GLASA Falcons skated to a 2 to 0 shutout! Highlights include great goals from J. Kasamis and B. Spengel (his first of the year!!!), strong team play throughout the game and a stellar effort in net by D. Melchiorre! Way to go GLASA Falcons! 

    GLASA Falcons vs. Hornet's Youth Team

    The GLASA Falcons hosted the Hornets' youth team at Hot Sot Ice Arena on Sunday, February 26. The Hornets skated to a 3 to 1 victory. Despite the loss, GLASA Falcons closed the gap with this team and is looking forward to a rematch in 2012-2013. The momentum is shifting!!! GO GLASA FALCONS!!!

    GLASA Falcons vs. LFA's Prep Team

    The GLASA Falcons hosted Lake Forest Academy's Prep team at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, February 19. And although the GLASA Falcons skated to a 6 to 2 victory, LFA put together two great goals in the third period to build some momentum! LFA is looking forward to a rematch in 2012-2013!

    GLASA Falcons vs. Madison Warriors' youth team

     The GLASA Falcons traveled to Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, February 18 to play the Madison Warriors' youth team. The GLASA Falcons skated to a 3 to 1 victory and enjoyed a team dinner celebration at Babe's following the game! Great effort GLASA Falcons!

    GLASA Give Thanks to Lake Forest High School Varsity Team

    The GLASA Falcons give thanks to the Lake Forest High School (LFHS) Varsity team for raising over $3,200.00 for GLASA!.... On December 18, the LFHS Varsity presented the GLASA Falcons with four new sleds at an on-ice presentation, followed by a friendly scrimmage game and post-game pizza party at Lake Forest College. Thanks to donations like this one, GLASA's continued success is certain! Thank you, LFHS Varsity!

    As for game highlights...the LFHS Varsity came ready to play and defend their title from last season....and although they had plenty of scoring chances....the GLASA Falcons skated to a 3 to 0 victory!

    Thank you LFHS Varsity for your kind invitation and generous support!

    The GLASA Falcons look forward to a rematch next season! 

    GLASA Falcons hosted Falcons Bantam Majors on January 29th

    The GLASA Falcons hosted the Falcons Bantam Majors at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, January 29 skating to an 6 to 1 victory. The game puck went to #36 T. East for his amazing top-shelf goal from the point! And although the Bantam Majors created plenty of scoring chances, stellar goaltending by #1 D. Melchiorre stopped the Bantam Major at the goal line on all but one shot. Credit goes to M. Moderwell for the loan Bantam goal with an assist from T. Mulier. GLASA Falcons commended the Bantam Majors for closing the gap left behind the previous week by the Midget Majors' 8 to 0 loss! Way to go Bantam Majors! Great victory GLASA Falcons! 

    GLASA Falcons hosted the Falcons Midget Majors on January 22nd

    The GLASA Falcons welcome the Falcons Midget Majors to a scrimmage game at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, January 22. The GLASA Falcons skated to an 8 to 0 victory! Amazing effort GLASA Falcons! Enjoy a quote from a parent of a Midget Major player:

    What a terrific experience! Our boys got smoked. Those sled hockey players don't mess around, and they are REALLY good!

    My son (Austin) had a blast! I don't think he originally expected to, which makes it even more special.

    We will definitely be donating as well. I have not had so much fun cheering for a hockey team in a really long time! 

    GLASA Falcons at Hornets Janary 17th/ReMatch on Feb 26th

    The GLASA Falcons traveled to Addison Ice Arena to face off against the Hornets on January 17. And although the Hornets skated to a 4 to 1 victory, the GLASA Falcons are looking forward to a rematch on home ice at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sunday, February 26. Come out and cheer the GLASA Falcons on to victory! GO GLASA FALCONS!!! 

    GLASA Welcomed RIC Blackhawks - January 15th

    On Sunday, January 15, the GLASA Falcons welcomed the RIC Blackhawks "B" team to Hot Shot Ice Arena (HSIA) for a friendly scrimmage game. #14 Patrick Byrne, USA Paralympic Gold medalist, was in the house! The GLASA Falcons skated to victory, which fueled the RIC Blackhawks' desire to come back to HSIA this season on Sunday, March 4 for a rematch. Come out at see a Paralympic Gold medalist in action! GAME ON!!! 


    GLASA Falcons aspire to become USA paralympic athletes.

    GLASA Falcons' Ultimate Goal

     The GLASA Falcons set their sights on the 'ultimate goal': to qualify for a U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team!

    Click here to go read more from USA Hockey about the 2010 Paralympics.

    FHA Welcomes Coach Tony Fritz as Head Coach!

    We proudly welcome Coach Fritz as head coach of the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey TeamFHA proudly welcomes Tony Fritz to our coaching line up as head coach of the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Team. Coach Fritz recently retired from Lake Forest College (LFC) after 32 years at the helm of the men’s hockey team. In his tenure, Coach Fritz posted 351 career hockey victories and is ranked among the top 50 in NCAA history. Coach Fritz also led LFC’s soccer team to victory, accumulating 145 wins and eight conference titles in 16 seasons. His 496 combined-sport victories are the most by any coach in LFC history. 

    Coach Fritz can be reached via email at tonyfritz@falconshockey.org.

    Coach Fritz, Tim Brennan and many other volunteers will kick off the sled season Sunday, October 17 at Hot Shot Ice Arena (HSIA). FHA has expanded its partnership with Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) to include youth and adult teams serving athletes and veterans with a visual or physical impairment.

    If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to help GLASA athletes succeed, please contact Julie Davis at davis@falconshockey.org or 847.828.9793.

    Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)

    GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Team
    For more information, please contact Julie Davis at davis@falconshockey.org or 847.828.9793

    GLASA T-Shirt Sales a Success


    GLASA Falcons Exclusive T-Shirt

    GLASA Falcons raised nearly $2,000.00 in its t-shirt fundraising effort.  

    Thank you very much for your generous support!
     

    GLASA Special THANKS!

    C. Eisenberg gives back!  Special thanks to C. Eisenberg for donating $500.00 to the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Team!  As part of his Bar Mitzvah project, C. Eisenberg volunteered many hours assisting the coaches and players with on-ice instruction last season and presented the team with a check this season.  Thank you   C. Eisenberg!

    VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

    Special thanks to our volunteers and contributors for making sled hockey possible for GLASA athletes!   If you would like to volunteer, please complete the volunteer form attached below and submit it to GLASA.  To make a donation, please visit glasa.org

    For more information regarding sled hockey, please call Julie Davis at 847-828-9793. Thank you very much for your continued support!

    GO FALCONS!!!

    V. Riccio celebrates his first goal vs. Hornets!

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    Justin pictured center with the GLASA Falcons in 2009


    Nina, #23, pictured in 2012 during an inspirational speech delivered by Parpalympic Gold Medalist Patrick Byrne