B-Sens host special needs hockey program Ice House Hawks

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Well it may be the last season that the Binghamton Senators are in the Southern Tier,  but the team is trying their best to leave a lasting impression here, on and off the ice. 

On Tuesday, The B-Sens hosted the Ice House Hawks, the Southern Tier's only special needs hockey program. 

The Ice House Hawks are made up of players ranging from 5 to 18 years old, all with special needs. 

The players had the chance to meet the B-Sens, get suited up in the B-Sens locker room, and head out onto the ice for a practice with the pros.

"This is just a great opportunity for our guys to share what they are very good at with a group that I think deserves this and at the same time its a great representation of our guys," said Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst.

And the Ice House Hawks are really showing off their skills! 

You would have never known that many of the players didn't even know how to skate a year ago. 

They've worked hard and have come a long way,  proving that hockey is a sport that is truly for everyone.

"This is a typical thing for any child to experience if they are on a team and how wonderful it is that theres nothing special about how we play hockey, its just that we play extraordinarily special hockey," said Life is Washable Executive Director Jennifer O'Brien.

Organizers for the ice house hawks hope to make this an annual tradition, no matter what team is here in Binghamton. 

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