Welcome to Special Hockey In Michigan

Below is information about the Michigan FAR Flyers and related special hockey links throughout Michigan, US and Canada.

Michigan FAR Flyers special hockey is dedicated to the development and enjoyment of hockey for developmentally or physically challenged athletes. The Michigan FAR Flyers team consist of players and volunteers from various counties in the southeast areas of Michigan.

The hockey team is part of the FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation skating program, which has been encouraging special athletes in ice hockey and figure skating for over 28 years.

In 2002, the Michigan FAR Flyers team joined the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), USA Disabled Hockey, Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), and Special Hockey International (SHI).

Both FAR and ASHA are 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations.

Since 2002 we have participated in Special Hockey International (SHI) Tournaments, USA Hockey Disabled Festivals, and ASHA/USA Hockey sponsored regional tournaments.

2017/2018 Hockey Schedule 2018 Tournament Schedule Direct Links to Required Forms
2016/2017 Team Picture Team and FAR Logos Team Sponsors
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Map To John Lindell Ice Arena www.far-therapy.org www.americanspecialhockey.org

We sent teams to the SHI Tournament ten of the past eleven years and have also participated in the USA Hockey National Disabled Festival six of the last eleven years.

During the 2013/2014 season we sent three teams to the Special Hockey Tournament in Fraser, MI. And one team to the UCT Outdoor Winter Hockey Festival in Toledo, OH.

Our coaches and volunteers work closely with the athletes to keep both practice and competitive efforts running smoothly. We like to make it as fun as possible for the players. We schedule about 10 games during the season at other rinks and invite the same number of teams to play us at our home arena. We have been averaging about 33 to 38 players each season.

Most Saturdays we break the group up into two squads for our weekly scrimmage games. We usually work on skills the first 30 minutes, then use the remaining hour for the scrimmage game. We keep a game-like atmosphere by keeping score, using coaches as referees, and keep the teams balanced by matching lines.

Our coed hockey team practices and plays every Saturday during our season September through March at the John Lindell Ice Arena in Royal Oak at 4:45-6:35 pm. The rink is located at 1403 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073. All levels of skill are accepted and encouraged.

We held our tenth annual team fundraiser in June for the Michigan FAR Flyers Special Hockey Team which will help cover the cost to prepare for and play in our National and International Tournaments. The team is looking forward to another great season and that season ending journey to Ottawa, ON in March 2015. Our three teams will join over 60 other hockey teams at the 2015 Special Hockey International Tournament.

If you would like to join our team (see FAR section below), play our team, or have any other questions, feel free to contact the FAR office.

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Web Sites of Interest:

FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation


This is the web site of the Non-Profit that Michigan FAR Flyers are part of.

See the page below to retrieve the required forms to sign up for the team.

Direct Links to Required Forms

FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation
1669 West Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009

American Special Hockey Association


Mike Hickey is President of American Special Hockey Association (ASHA). His email address is: mhickey@specialhockey.org

The Michigan FAR Flyers joined ASHA in 2002 as one of their USA Hockey Disabled teams. We helped host the first ever USA Hockey National Disabled Festival in 2005. It was held in Fraser, Michigan. We have attended most of them since then.

Special Hockey International


This is the Special Hockey International (SHI) Web Site. It has information about the special hockey teams that are members from Canada, USA and England.

The Michigan FAR Flyers joined USA Hockey and SHI in 2002. We attended our first SHI Tournament in 2003 at Whitby, Ontario. We have traveled to a SHI tournament each year since, except for the one held in London, England in 2012.

USA Hockey and Michigan Amateur Hockey Association

Below are the web sites for USA Hockey and Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA). Carol Schwanger is the Director of Disabled Sports for Michigan Amateur Hockey Association and USA Hockey. Her Email address is: greatjaws1225@yahoo.com.



Other Special Hockey Teams in Michigan

Below is the contact information of the other two special hockey teams here in Michigan - The MORC Stars and the Ann Arbor Rockets.

The MORC Stars' website is: www.morcstars.com.

The Ann Arbor Rockets' website is: www.a2rocketshockey.wix.com.

Special Olympics Michigan

Below is the web site for Special Olympics Michigan.