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The Coon Rapids Ice Center is now home to Minnesota Sled Hockey, a group dedicated to hockey programs for people with physical disabilities. The program started back in 2005 in Richfield. Minnesota Sled Hockey President Eric Rud says he’s excited for the group’s new home.
“The boards are Plexiglas so we can actually skate off of the rink, where in Richfield and older arenas, you actually have to sit in the neutral zone so it kind of hinders the regular game play a bit. I had an opportunity to visit the Ice Center and fell in love with the facility.”
The Minnesota Wild gave a $10,000 donation to the Minnesota Sled Hockey Association in July which will help pay for new equipment and jerseys. The group currently has 40 members and hopes to increase membership with additional exposure in the north metro.