Teams battle it out on the rink at third annual ‘Fall Brawl’

Team members sit together during the third annual "Fall Brawl."
Team members sit together during the third annual "Fall Brawl."(WEEK)
Published: Nov. 13, 2022 at 11:56 PM CST
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PEKIN (25 News Now) - Teams from across the Midwest came together to battle it out in the Third Annual ‘Fall Brawl’ at the Veteran’s Memorial Ice Arena in Pekin.

It’s a unique competition, bringing together sled hockey teams made up of differently-abled athletes, many who are unable to play regular hockey. This tournament doesn’t eliminate teams either, but instead is based on a point system. This also marks the second year for the first all-girl youth team in the nation, the Central Illinois Lady Thunder.

“It just gives them that chance to show people that say they can’t do as much as them or can’t do anything, shows them that they can, or just as much as they want to do,” says Matt Knudsem, the Central Illinois Thunder Equipment Manager.

“For a lot of people, they have a certain condition, and it gets them together with other people who also have their condition and it’s an activity they themselves can do. It’s like they see people-able bodied as we like to say, they can play it and it’s like we can too,” says Devon Spivey, a member of the defense for the Cincinatti Icebreakers.

This is the third tournament for this league so far. There is no elimination in this tournament, either. Each team receives an award, and the team with the most wins takes the Championship title.