By KADEN CAMPBELL
The North American VOLT Hockey Tournament is taking place this weekend (Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28) at Variety Village in southwest Scarborough.
The tournament is presented by the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association and the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), and includes teams from Alberta, London, Manitoba, Ontario, and Boston.
VOLT hockey is an inclusive, accessible form of hockey, with a specifically designed hockey sport chair played by people with a variety of disabilities, particularly those with limited upper mobility.
“We are excited to be hosting this tournament and providing an opportunity to kids of all abilities to play Canada’s national sport,” said Karen Stintz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Variety Village in a news release.
“We are grateful to the GTHL and the Maple Leafs Alumni Association for their support and commitment to get kids off the sidelines and into the game.”
Canada’s first VOLT hockey team began in 2016 with a handful of donors and sponsors at Variety Village in Scarborough. Since then there have been new teams started in London, Niagara, Newmarket and soon to be Barrie.
The league is also growing nationally with two teams in Alberta, one in Edmonton and one in Calgary.
Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Ave., just east of Birchmount Road.
The tournament is open to the public to attend at no cost with spectators being asked to register via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/volt-hockey-tournament-spectator-tickets-tickets-617922321297
The winning team will receive the opportunity to travel to Denmark to participate in the VOLT Hockey World Championships.
In 2022, members of the Variety Village’s team representing Ontario played in the VOLT World Cup in Sweden, winning a silver medal.
For more information on the upcoming May 27 and 28 North American VOLT Hockey Tournament at Variety Village, please go to https://gthlcanada.com/article/variety-ontario-to-host-inaugural-north-american-volt-hockey-tournament