Graciously bearing the name of one of the great Original Six NHL teams, the RIC Blackhawks Sled Hockey Team was formed in the fall of 1999 with the support of the Chicago Blackhawks Charities. With its continued support of RIC’s Adaptive Sports Program, the RIC Blackhawks remains a robust presence in the sled hockey arena.
Anyone with a physical disability is welcome to join the RIC Blackhawks sled hockey program.
The RIC sled hockey program is comprised of two teams:
- The RIC Blackhawks is the traveling competitive team for more advanced athletes; and
- The RIC Blackhawks Developmental team is for up and coming athletes who wish to learn and develop their sled hockey skills as well as hone their talents at area competitions.
The RIC Blackhawks are a founding member team of the Midwest Sled Hockey League (MWSHL), which includes the San Antonio Rampage, St. Louis Blues, and the Colorado Avalanche. Member teams each host a tournament weekend that culminates in the MSWHL Championship Wirtz Cup, hosted each year in the Chicago.
The RIC Blackhawks also participates in the Annual Sled Classic presented by the National Hockey League (2014 Champions) and the National Disabled Hockey Festival.
The RIC Blackhawks' season begins in September and ends in April.