2014 Minnesota Junior Wild Sled Hockey Team
Danny in competition in 2011
Danny Lilya (Ice Hawks) wrote the following essay and entered the MN Hockey Essay Contest. Each essay had to state which association they played for and why he loves hockey. Danny's mentions MN Sled Hockey Association! Danny's essay was selected from 124 essays statewide as one of the three (3) finalist essays in the 2012 Minnesota Hockey Essay Contest."
He won tickets to the MN WILD game Jan 10th and will read his essay before the game in the radio booth. A video will be made to be played at Hockey Day Minnesota on Jan 21st and they will randomly pick 1 of the 3 winning essay's for the writer to spend a dream day with the MN Wild! GOOD LUCK DANNY!!
Below is what Danny wrote:
I love playing hockey for the Minnesota Sled Hockey Association because I just love hockey! I am 10 and a paraplegic and have played for 4 years. I am the only student, ever, to start school permanently in a wheelchair in Moose Lake. Hockey is for everyone and my parents drive 2 hours every Sunday so I can practice and 2 hours home. Last year the Disabled Hockey Festival was in Blaine and I got to go and this spring it will be in Texas. My team is renting a coach bus and my mom is going with me! My team is AWESOME!
We did get to play a scrimmage during a MN Wild Game a couple months ago and I got the only goal! I know what fame feels like now. The horn blew, the lights flashed and the crowd was yelling! It was amazing! I woud like to scrimmage against the MN Wild! We maybe wouldn't win but that would be fun!
I would like my essay picked so I can let my brother's team go instead though. He plays for the Moose Lake Area Hockey Association. He is on the PeeWee team and they are really good players! The MN Wild game is on January 10th and that is his 12th birthday. He would be so excited if I could win this for his team on his birthday!
Danny Lilya Minnesota Sled Hockey Association - Youth Team - MN IceHawks
The MN Jr Wild were featured along with MN Special Hockey at a pre-season NHL Hockey game between the MN Wild and the Edmonton Oilers. Disabled Hockey was on display for the entire evening and participants were able to skate between periods in 2 exhibitions. Enjoy the photos of our Sled Hockey participants!