NHL Color of Hockey Features Blast’s Villegas

A Space Coast Blast and USA Women’s Development Sled Hockey Team player was featured in the NHL’s Color of Hockey Blog. This is a must-read story about Karina Villegas: a strong, remarkable woman who is not only a great teammate, friend and mother but an advocate for the growth of sled hockey in Latin America.

Karina Villegas

Karina Villegas (Photo: Justin Markwalter)

Last year, Karina participated in a sled hockey demo and clinic at the LATAM Cup. Afterwards, she met and talked with a player from Argentina. As a result of watching the game and chatting with Karina, he wanted to start a sled program in his country. He returned to Argentina with a set of Karina’s sticks and a sled from Coach Ron Robichaud. Recently, he sent a video of players trying sled hockey in Argentina. Previously, she travelled to Puerto Rico with Coach Ron and the Sled Bandits. Karina’s dream of bringing sled hockey to Latin America is starting to come true!

Hockey Puerto Rico

Florida Sled Hockey “Grow the Game Tour” in Puerto Rico: Greg Shaw – 2x Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medalist, Monica Quimby – USA Women’s Developmental Sled Hockey Team, Carlos Mendez – Aguadilla, Puerto Rico Mayor and Karina Villegas – USA Women’s Developmental Sled Hockey Team

Check out thisTweet from USA Sled Hockey player Josh Pauls:

We are so lucky to have Karina as a member of our Space Coast Sled Hockey family. We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!! Check out our schedule to watch Karina and the team play this season.

Space Coast Blast Adult Team 2020

Space Coast Blast (Photo: Sophie Szymula)

Thank You #GivingTuesday

Space Coast Blast Sled Hockey would like to thank all our supporters who made donations or shared our posts on #GivingTuesday! Special shout out to Teri Lockman and Wilda Cintron for creating their own Facebook fundraiser for us, and the #GivingTuesday committee: Tripp Skinner, Debra Marrano-Lucas, Anne Skinner, Lee Skinner and Amanda Martori. It truly was a team effort and a great success!!

Check out the #GivingTuesday thank you video from the team:

The Space Coast Blast Sled Hockey Team would like to thank everyone for their support and donations on #GivingTuesday  Рhear some of our players talk about the impacts of your generosity.

50/50 Fundraiser Winner

Our annual 50/50 Raffle was another successful fundraiser! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets this year and supported the team.

Congratulations to David Harris for winning the $2500 prize! Thank you for your contribution to our team!!

2019 Space Coast Sled Hockey 50/50 Raffle Winner – David Harris

Tier III NHL Sled Classic Champions

Space Coast Blast Sled Hockey represented the Tampa Bay Lightning at the NHL Sled Classic in St. Louis, MO from Nov. 21-24. After winning Tier IV last year, the Blast moved up to Tier III this year.

The Blast finished 3-1 after round robin play against Carolina, Edmonton, Colorado and Anaheim, losing only to the Anaheim Ducks and advanced to the championship game as the #2 seed. The championship game was a rematch with Anaheim.

Blast defenseman Nate Winters scored the first goal of the championship game in the 1st off a great pass from Tony Martinez. Brett Bolton scored goal #2 for the Blast in the 2nd. Pressure from the forwards, solid defense and excellent goaltending from Harry Benson in the scoreless 3rd period secured the 2-0 victory. The Blast gave up only 4 goals in their 5 tournament games.

Tier III Championship Highlights

The team enjoyed sightseeing in St. Louis, checking out the Stanley Cup and catching up with friends on other teams from across the country.