The Pittsburgh Penguins Blind Hockey team was established in 2016 as the 4th blind hockey team in the United States. Blind Hockey is the same exhilarating, fast-paced sport as Ice Hockey with only one main difference – all of the players are blind or visually impaired.
The most significant modification is that the sport features an adapted puck that makes noise, and is both bigger and slower than a traditional puck.
The large size and slower speed helps players who are visually impaired see the puck, while the noise allows low vision or no vision players to track it.
Athletes’ levels of vision range from legally blind to totally blind, with the lowest vision athletes playing defense and athletes who are totally blind playing goalie.