The New England Warriors are a chapter of the USA Warriors, The USA, and New England Warriors are programs designed for the rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. We are a private, non-profit organization dedicated to educating, training, motivating, and encouraging the formation of “USA Warrior Hockey Programs” locally and nationally while encouraging Active Duty Military, Reserves, and Veterans who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of their ability.
In 2014, Christy “Icebox” Gardner and Ian “Battleship” Ramsdell decided that upon Ian’s medical retirement, they would create a sister chapter of the Warrior program. In February 2015, Christy, Ian and the newly formed New England Warriors, played their first official game in Vermont against the Ice Vets.
All of our Hockey Equipment is the same as a stand up hockey player except for our sticks and our sleds or sledges.
The sleds or sledges we use consist of a frame of aluminium tubing, a bucket which the player is strapped into, and two ice skating blades under the player's seat.
At New England Warriors, we are dedicated to supporting Veterans through our various initiatives. With one of our initiatives being Veteran Outreach, we are always striving to make a difference. Whether it is in the Military and Veteran community, or one much closer to home, we know that all veterans in need deserve our help and support.
Marc Fountain, #24
“I’m not able to play stand-up hockey any more, but when Ian got me on the sled, it was the first time I’d played hockey in seven years. That was my introduction to the New England Warriors, and it’s a great way to get back to doing something I love while being with veterans, experiencing that camaraderie.”