Michigan FAR Flyers special hockey is dedicated to the development and enjoyment of hockey for developmentally or physically challenged athletes. The Michigan FAR Flyers team consist of players and volunteers from various counties in the southeast areas of Michigan.
The hockey 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 27 years.
In 2002, the Michigan FAR Flyers team joined the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), USA Disabled Hockey, Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), and Special Hockey International (SHI).
Both FAR and ASHA are 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations.
Since 2002 we have participated in Special Hockey International (SHI) Tournaments, USA Hockey Disabled Festivals, and ASHA/USA Hockey sponsored regional tournaments.
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We sent two teams to the SHI Tournament nine of the past ten years and have also participated in the USA Hockey National Disabled Festival six of the last ten years.
During the 2012/2013 season we sent two teams to the Special Hockey Tournament in Jamestown, NY, three teams to the UCT Outdoor Winter Hockey Festival in Toledo, OH, and three teams to the SHI Tournament in Kitchener, ON. We weren't able to make the USA Hockey National Disabled Festival in West Chester, PA.
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. We have been averaging about 30 to 35 players each season.
Most Saturdays we break the group up 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 referees, and keep the teams balanced by matching lines.
Our coed Varsity team practices and plays every Saturday during our season September through March at the John Lindell Ice Arena in Royal Oak at 3:45-5:45 pm. The rink is located at 1403 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073. All levels of skill are accepted and encouraged.
We had our ninth annual team fundraiser Sunday June 10 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 helped out. The team is looking forward to another great season.
If you would like to join our team (see FAR section below), play our team, or have any other questions, feel free to call or e-mail me.
ASHA Mid-American District Director
Michigan FAR Flyers
This is the web site of the Non-Profit that Michigan FAR Flyers are part of.
See the page below to retrieve the required forms to sign up for the team.
Direct Links to Required Forms
FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
1669 West Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009
Mike Hickey is President of American Special Hockey Association (ASHA). His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Michigan FAR Flyers joined ASHA in 2002 as one of their USA Hockey Disabled teams. We helped host the first ever USA Hockey National Disabled Festival in 2005. It was held in Fraser, Michigan. We have attended most of them since then.
This is the Special Hockey International (SHI) Web Site. It has information about the special hockey teams that are members from Canada, USA and England.
The Michigan FAR Flyers joined USA Hockey and SHI in 2002. We attended our first SHI Tournament in 2003 at Whitby, Ontario. We have traveled to a SHI tournament each year since, except for the one held in London, England in 2012.
We won't have far to travel to attend the next one. The 2014 SHI Tournament host teams will be the Michigan FAR Flyers, MORC Stars, Ann Arbor Rockets and MAHA.
SHI Detroit 2014 Web Site.
The tournament will be held at the Fraser Hockeyland in Fraser, MI. Directions to Fraser Hockeyland Arena.
Below are the web sites for USA Hockey and Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA). Carol Schwanger is the Director of Disabled Sports for Michigan Amateur Hockey Association and USA Hockey. Her Email address is: email@example.com.
All Michigan FAR Flyers players and coaches will be signed up for USA Hockey in the fall after they are officially registered with the team.
Below is the contact information of the other two special hockey teams here in Michigan - The MORC Stars and the Ann Arbor Rockets.
The MORC Stars' website is: www.morcstars.com.
The Ann Arbor Rockets' website is: www.a2rocketshockey.wix.com.
Below is the web site for Special Olympics Michigan.
For additional information concerning Special Olympics in Oakland County contact Area Director Karen Kelpin at 248-370-0922.
Below is the web site for Laptop Publishing. The link below will take you to a site that allows you to watch a DVD created by my brother Karl about our team's search for a game. It's really a good look at the history and future of Special Needs Hockey in the USA and Canada. He followed our team to a number of events over an eight year period and helps capture the efforts and enjoyment of players, parents, volunteers, coaches, and friends participating in one of the best sports in the world - Ice Hockey.