"Sled hockey gives me an outlet and a sense of camaraderie in a team environment that has been missing since I was retired from the military. To be sincere, this has been the only team that has filled that void."
"The Warrior Avalanche have changed my outlook on life. I used to think no one cared. I was so depressed, stuck on the couch and sleeping till noon. Being part of a team and playing such an exciting game brought me out of the rut that I was in and I have not gone back since."
"Playing sled hockey has created a sense of camaraderie that I lost once I was released from the hospital. It allowed me to become part of a team again with those around me that understood my injuries and issues. It has given me something to take my mind off of my demons that invade my head. It gives me a sense of purpose."
"Sled hockey has brought back the team spirit of the military and brotherhood. It gets me out of the house and doing more physical stuff. I missed being a part of a team, until now with sled hockey."
"Sled hockey has given me the opportunity to connect with other veterans and once again go to battle with some of the toughest men and women after separating from the Army. It has also given me the opportunity to help better our organization, and allowed us to travel and compete. I can now give not only myself, but other Veterans a purpose in life."
"Sled hockey has given my life a lot of purpose. One of the most difficult things that I struggled with when separating from the Marine Corps was losing that brotherhood. Sled hockey has allowed me to rekindle some of that with my team, and has even helped me connect with veterans on other teams as well. Sled hockey is therapeutic. I live almost 2 hours away from where we practice and it's worth it every time just to get some ice time with my team."
"After my hip, lower back, and neck issues got worse, I was no longer able to play rugby. I sought for years a replacement sport that gave the same level of camaraderie and physical play. Sled hockey has given me stress relief while tackling a demanding job, and life as a single mother."
"Sled hockey had been therapy on the ice. It gives me the opportunity to be a part of something outside of myself. Sled hockey gets me out of my house and off the recliner at least once a week during the winter months."
"After the first game, all the nervousness was gone. The men and women on this team make it really easy to fit in. We all have a common bond since we all served in the military, which gives us a connection like no other team can. We are like family. Playing as one of the able body players on the team I am inspired, humbled, and motivated by the dedication and drive my team has. I only wish I would have been playing with this team longer."
"For me, sled hockey has shown me that life isn't so bad. Sled hockey has shown me that my injury isn't all that bad. We're not just a team, we're a family."
"Sled hockey has kept me interacting with other injured veterans and it helps me get out of the house when I'm depressed. Sled hockey keeps me in shape. I have to think about what I eat, and at least try to eat healthier than I normally would."
"Sled hockey has brought me more self-esteem, confidence in my ability to strive to be better. It has brought me together with a community of veterans who have taught me so much about the sport and about character. I have fun and a renewed purpose, which before was a major downfall throughout my life. I thought my accident was the end of physical sports for me and I have found that with sled hockey and the Colorado Avalanche team, I can continue to be myself while playing the sport I love with an amazing group of heroes."
"After my amputation, I made the decision to help people, especially veterans in my situation. Being on this team is a dream come true and is a way for me to fulfill my goal of helping others. Being a Warrior Av has been one of the greatest honors of my life."
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