It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Coach, friend, husband, father, and veteran, Bryan Blomquist. Bryan humbly led the Long Island Rough Riders as President and Coach for 25 years, driving the team to countless victories and personal accomplishments all over the globe.

The coined phrase Bryan often used to describe the Rough Riders, “We measure success in smiles, not medals" is a testimony to the man and leader he was both on and off the ice.

Bryan and his family, as well as the Long Island Rough Riders community are confident that his legacy will continue with Vice – President, Frank Martin as his successor.  

 

Mike Rowe Surprises Bryan Blomquist & the Roughriders!

 

Our mission at Long Island Sled Hockey, Inc. is to foster, promote and encourage sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie through the sport of sled hockey, specifically aimed at a juvenile and adolescent population of physically and/or mentally challenged athletes. 

 

Inherent in that goal is the development of a sense of self-esteem, pride and friendship within this population. Long Island Sled Hockey, Inc. also focuses on the development and nurturing of positive attitudes in and outside the Long Island community toward those with physical and/or mental handicapping conditions.

  



Please take a half hour out of your day to watch the "Our Boy Christopher" video on the right. Christopher is one of our Alternate Captains and is fighting the fight of his young life against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

On May 20th, 2018, in the last game of our home sled hockey tournament, Christopher scored his first-ever tournament goal, icing a 3-0 victory for his team. Not a Stanley Cup winning goal, not a

World Series winning home run, not a Super Bowl winning touchdown, not an NBA championship winning three-pointer was ever as emotional or IMPORTANT as that one goal. Everyone in the rink will be able to tell you about that goal, years from now. In my 25 years with sled hockey, it will always be.....


PLEASE take a few minutes, thank you..



Our 2020-2021 practice schedule will be Tuesdays, beginning October 6th, 2020, from 5:30-6:30 pm and Saturdays, beginning October 24th, 2020, from 9:15-10:30 am.  Our schedule will go through May 11th, 2021.

The following dates are Sundays and will be from 9-10 am at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa Park - outdoors: 11/29/20, 12/20/20, 1/24/20, 2/28/20 and 3/21/21 - all weather permitting.

 

The following are blackout (no practice) dates: 2020 - 11/3, 11/28, 12/19, 12/26, 12/29; 2021 - 1/2, 1/23, 2/16, 2/20, 2/27, 3/20, 3/30, 4/10 and 4/24


All practices will be at the

Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center

1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY

 


2021-22 Registration Form

Click here to open fillable PDF.

Type in your information,PRINT the form and return it.


 


GET YOUR COPY, HOT OFF THE PRESSES!!

 

On Sept 20,2020, an incredible 17 year old volunteer for the RoughRiders, Ms. Faith Lee, independently published "Stories from the Sled", an accompaniment to her 2 year labor-of-love podcast "The Sled Files", interviews with players, staff, parents and some special invitees; the amazing part of all of this is simply incredible: Ms Lee approached the RoughRiders and asked if she could do this, and do ALL of it, in its entirety, by herself.

 

Click here for more info and to purchase, or go to Amazon.com (hopefully you're on Amazon Smile), order your copy, help some very special athletes and in your own way, congratulate Faith.

 

Brett Blomquist authors a book of love poems!!

 

Brett Blomquist, sled hockey player for the RoughRiders for more than 24 years, has traded in his pads, sticks and sled for a pen, paper and laptop. His 48 page book, "Love Poems by Brett (Advancing Inclusion in Our Society)" has just been published, is listed on Amazon and is currently in the top 10 New Releases under Family Poetry.  All the poems were written by Brett, none retouched or edited, and offer his reflections on a myriad of love topics.  The book has a list price of $6.95 and Brett is donating ALL proceeds to Long Island Sled Hockey.  Any books purchased and in-hand prior to May 16th, can be brought to the Lynbrook Elks Lodge on May 16th, between 2 pm and 4 pm to be personally signed by Brett.  Anyone wishing to have their book signed can also mail it to the address above and Brett will sign it and it will be mailed back.

 

A remarkable achievement for a young man with  Down syndrome who continues to amaze and make all around him proud! Download printable book signing poster by clicking here. (PDF)

 

Visit our YouTube Channel for players, coaches and parents

 in the RoughRiders family Apple Podcasts - Spotify


Annual Fundraisers for the RoughRiders:

  • Golf Outing - 1st Monday in August at Lawrence YCC

  • Sock Hop - 1st Friday in November at the Lynbrook Elks Lodge

Info on each will be posted as dates draw closer 


Click for story > LISH Gets Disabled Athletes Back In The Game - WCBS News Story


All Tournaments for the 2020-2021 season have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

 TOURNAMENTS

 

Tentative tournaments for the 2021-2022 season are scheduled in St. Louis, Missouri - London, Ontario, Canada - West Palm Beach, Florida - Lewiston, Maine - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Westfield, Masachusetts and our Home Tournament in East Meadow in May of '22.

  

CHALLENGES

T/B/A

AGAIN, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

 AND WE NEED YOU TO STAY SAFE!


"On behalf of the rest of the members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), it is my pleasure to inform you that the Long Island Sledge Hockey Program will receive 15 sets of equipment (15 skater sets and sleds) from the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund. This donation is worth approximately $20,000 – an amount NHLPA Members are proud to invest in this program because of your commitment to helping children participate in the great sport of sledge hockey.

Families in your community are very fortunate to have individuals like yourself who want to enrich the lives of these young children.  We feel that giving children the chance to play hockey is not only important for them to build strong bodies, but also to help build strong minds.

Since its inception in 1999, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund has been successful in contributing more than $20-million to grassroots hockey programs around the world. The players’ program has benefited more than 60,000 deserving children in 32 countries." - Matthew Langen, NHLPA.

 





Long Island Sled Hockey captures the Mark of Distinction for 2009. Click the logo above to visit their site or  Click here and see LISH Scrapbook.

Tournament History

  • New England Invitational Sled Hockey Tournament Champions - 2019

  • USAH Disabled Festival Intermediate C NATIONAL CHAMPIONS - 2019!!!

  • London Blizzard Sledge Hockey C Division Gold Medal Winners - 2017

  • Albany/Troy New York Rink Rats Champions – 2011

  • SW Florida Spring Showcase Champions – 2013, 2014, 2015

  • Ottawa, Canada O’Keefe Cup Champions – 2004, 2007, 2014, 2017

  • RoughRiders Cup Champions – 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Silver Medals – 7

  • Bronze Medals - 15          

These two 2019 Championships, one a National Title, give the RoughRiders 20 (TWENTY) Championships in 53 tournaments. Add 15 Bronze and 7 Silver medals to those championships and the RoughRiders have one impressive resume.

Tina Turner put it into the proper perspective, when she sang "YOU'RE SIMPLY THE BEST!!!"

 


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Your 2019 USAH NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
(see Long Island Sled Hockey Scrap Book)


 

       

       

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