The Colorado Ice Wizards is the team name selected by the players of Rocky Mountain Special Hockey, Inc. during their inaugural year 2010. Rocky Mountain Special Hockey, Inc. provides an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in the sport of ice hockey in a specially adapted learning environment. The Colorado Ice Wizards are comprised of players ages 5 to adult, female and male, across a wide range of abilities from advanced to learn-to-skate. Special Hockey emphasizes skill development, sportsmanship and fun. We play a non-contact game with adapted rules. The Colorado Ice Wizards also emphasize character building, responsibility and communication skills both on and off the ice.
The Colorado Ice Wizards’ coaching staff is comprised of experienced adult coaches and junior coaches. The junior coaches assist the coaching staff on the ice, and are mentored and supervised by adult coaches. We have a low player-to-coach ratio which allows for instruction in a safe and adapted environment.
Rocky Mountain Special Hockey, Inc./Colorado Ice Wizards accepts new players throughout the season. We have a regular Saturday afternoon practice slot, 1:15 – 3:15, at the YMCA of Boulder Valley (Lafayette) from October through April. Also, we provide six sessions of fun, full ice scrimmages, every other Saturday, during the summer. These sessions are designed for our players who are independent skaters. We feel it is important that this is an activity that the player wants to participate in. Therefore, we ask that prospective players watch a practice to help them decide if they would like to play hockey with the Colorado Ice Wizards.
Other than the registration fee with USA Hockey ($40.00 – $55.00), there are no costs to join the Colorado Ice Wizards. While players are required to wear full equipment at every practice/game, due to generous donations, we are able to provide all the needed equipment to our players.
Colorado Ice Wizard players also have the opportunity of participating in the annual Special Hockey International tournament and/or various American Special Hockey Association and USA Hockey tournaments. These tournaments are a great opportunity for players and their families to meet hockey players from other special needs teams. Our tournaments include teams from the United States, Canada and England.