Registration for the 2018 - 2019 season is now open.
The New York Raptors is a special needs ice hockey program designed to bring the thrill of hockey to players of all abilities. Special hockey is a unique program open to people with developmental and other disabilities who are unable or ineligible to participate in other organized hockey programs.
It is our belief that all players can play hockey to the best of their abilities and enjoy the camaraderie of team sports, play quality hockey and have a great time. The enthusiasm and dedication of these players and their coaches is without equal.
The NY Raptors are extremely grateful to their dedicated group of volunteer coaches, including many assistant coaches from the area high school teams. The team hosts a Thanksgiving tournament each year and travel to several other tournaments throughout the season. The Raptors is one of about 50 US teams affiliated with Special Hockey International and the USA Hockey/American Special Hockey Association. The team skates at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford Sunday afternoons in the fall and winter. The team's head coach is Liz Truly.
The NY Raptors began in 1996, when Mike Dwyer, then the British Consul in New York, moved to Larchmont from Toronto where his son had been playing on a special hockey team, the Toronto Grand Ravine Tornadoes. There were no organized league sports for children with disabilities in the area, so Mike decided to start one. With a little help from the press and the local BOCES office, Mike made history. The Dwyer family relocated to England in 2001 where Mike, indefatigable, started the London Werewolves Special Hockey team – a first in England.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals (pun intended) and keep our program running.
Our fans are a real part of our team. Send us a message to cheer us on, or ask us a question about our training. We look forward to hearing from you, and we will get back to you soon.