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Rampage Sled Hockey Team To Host First Tournament This Weekend

January 6, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - San Antonio Rampage News Release

SAN ANTONIO (January 6, 2010) - The San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team will host their first sled hockey tournament this weekend starting Friday and will run through Sunday with games being played at the AT&T Center and the Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods.

The Rampage sled hockey team is a member of the Midwest Sled Hockey League and will host three teams in their league including the Minnesota Northern, DASA St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks.

The tournament kicks off this Friday at 7 p.m. with a matchup between the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team and the DASA St. Louis Blues Sled Hockey Team at the Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods. Admission is FREE for all sled hockey tournament events over the course of the weekend.

Below is the tournament schedule:

Date Time Location Teams

Friday, Jan. 8 7:00 p.m. Northwoods San Antonio vs. St. Louis

Friday, Jan. 8 8:45 p.m. Northwoods Minnesota vs. Chicago

Saturday, Jan. 9 8:00 a.m. Northwoods Minnesota vs. San Antonio

Saturday, Jan. 9 9:45 a.m. Northwoods Chicago vs. St. Louis

Saturday, Jan. 9 2:00 p.m. AT&T Center St. Louis vs. Minnesota

Saturday, Jan. 9 3:30 p.m. AT&T Center San Antonio vs. Chicago

Sunday, Jan. 10 9:15 a.m. Northwoods Chicago vs. Minnesota

Sunday, Jan. 10 11:00 a.m. Northwoods St. Louis vs. San Antonio

The San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team is the only sled hockey team in the United States that consists of all wounded military service members. The team is run by Operation Comfort, a non profit organization that works with wounded service members coming from Iraq and Afghanistan who are recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The team is led by Lonnie Hannah, a two-time Paralympian who was named USA Hockey's Disabled Athlete of the Year this past summer. Hannah helped the United States Sledge Hockey Team capture the gold medal in Salt Lake City in 2002 and a bronze medal in 2006 in Turino. He most recently helped Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the 2009 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship.

The Rampage Sled Hockey Team held its first practice on January 19, 2007. Operation Comfort presented the team with sleds donated from their organization and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) outfitted the sled hockey team with equipment and jerseys. The Rampage (AHL) continues to host various fundraising events, including their annual Military Appreciation Night, to raise money to support the Rampage Sled Hockey Team. The sled hockey team started with seven players and has quickly gained popularity in which the team now consists of 27 players. The team began playing in tournaments in 2008 and has since traveled to Illinois, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Missouri and Texas.

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