Michigan FAR Flyers special hockey is dedicated to the development and enjoyment of hockey for developmentally or physically challenged athletes. Michigan FAR Flyers team is made up of players and volunteers from various counties in the south east areas of Michigan.
The Michigan FAR Flyers team of special athletes is part of USA Hockey's American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) program and FAR Conservatory. Both are 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations.
We joined ASHA in 2002 and have participated at the Special Hockey International (SHI) Tournaments ever since.
We have sent two teams each year to the SHI and have also participated in the USA Hockey National Disabled Festival six out of the last seven years. This year we sent one team to the Festival in Blaine, Minnesota and two teams to the SHI in Marlboro, MA.
Our team is part of the FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts Ice Skating program, which has been encouraging special athletes in ice hockey and figure skating for over 25 years.
Our coaches and volunteers work closely with the athletes to keep both practice and competitive efforts running smoothly. We like to make it as fun as possible for the players. We schedule about 10 games during the season at other rinks and invite the same number of teams to play us at our home arena.
Most Saturdays we break the group into two squads for our weekly scrimmage games. We usually work on skills the first 30 minutes then use the remaining hour for the scrimmage game. We keep a game-like atmosphere by keeping score, using coaches as refs, and keep the teams balanced by matching lines.
Our coed Varsity team practices and plays every Saturday during our season September thru March at the John Lindell Ice Arena in Royal Oak at 3:15-4:45 pm. The rink is located at 1403 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073. All levels of skill are accepted and encouraged.
We had our seventh annual fundraiser Sunday June 12 for the Michigan FAR Flyers Special Hockey Team which will help cover the cost to prepare for and play in the National and International Tournaments.
Thanks to all that made it a worthwhile event again this year.