CEWHA in the Hockey Hall of Fame

CEWHA in the Hockey Hall of Fame

As of November 2017, the Whitecap Canada Cup that is awarded to the national champion every two years, has a new home in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The HHOF has the Cup on display in an exhibit that showcases how hockey has changed over the years for various demographics, including persons with disabilities, women, indigenous people, etc. The exhibit can be found inside the HHOF near the entrance.

On January 2, 2018, members of the current national champions Toronto Rock made the trip to see their names in the HHOF. Smiles could be seen all around as the players found their name. It was a special moment for the team to see their accomplishment recognized and enshrined in what has become a sacred place for the hockey world.

If anyone is in Toronto, be sure sure to make the Hockey Hall of Fame one of your stops and see the accomplishments of our para-athletes both past and present.


CEWHA @ 2016 PowerHockey Cup

CEWHA @ 2016 PowerHockey Cup

Earlier this summer, the CEWHA was represented by the Ottawa Capitals (OPWHL) and the Toronto Rock (CEWHA Toronto) at the 2016 PowerHockey Cup as both teams travelled to Philadelphia, PA to compete in this exciting tournament, that took place from July 8-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It was a fun-filled weekend, with plenty of intense wheelchair hockey action that saw some of the top powerhockey teams faceoff against each other in a battle to win the Cup.

Finishing the tournament with a record of 5-3, the Toronto Rock placed 3rd, capturing the Bronze in a tough game versus the Michigan Mustangs. The Rock coaching staff, consisting of Seamus Britton, Emmett Britton, Kevin Humphrey, and Rustam Itekov, were presented with the award for Top Coaching Staff.

The Capitals played hard all weekend and had 3 strong wins, despite placing 5th overall. They had a number of well deserved award winners, Best Goalie – Thalia McBride, Best Defenceman – Scott Haycock, and Best Newcomer – Matt Gagnon.

Congratulations to both teams and the award recipients on their performances, you represented the CEWHA well!

For all the results, stats, etc. visit: http://www.powerhockeycup.com/2016

Ottawa to Host 2017 CEWHA Nationals!

Ottawa to Host 2017 CEWHA Nationals!
The CEWHA is proud to announce that the Ottawa Power Wheelchair Hockey League (OPWHL) will be hosting the 2017 CEWHA Nationals! The tournament will take place at Carleton University from August 4-7, 2017. It will be an exciting time for the nation’s capital as 2017 also marks the 150th anniversary of Canada!
We wish the OPWHL the best and are confident they will put on a quality tournament that will be one to remember! Stay tuned for more details as they become available…

Toronto Wins 2015 Nationals

Toronto Wins 2015 Nationals

On the August long weekend at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, fans of electric wheelchair hockey were treated to an outstanding display of athleticism and excitement as they watched their favourite teams compete for the Whitecap Cup at the 2015 CEWHA Nationals,  All weekend the players put on a show of skill and determination, pushing themselves each and every game.

On the Monday it came down to the Ottawa Capitals and the home team Toronto Rock to faceoff for the Gold medal and to hoist the Cup.  The game was of epic proportions!  Toronto took a commanding 3-0 lead after the 1st period, however that wouldn’t stop the Capitals from fighting back.  They regrouped scoring 2 goals in the 2nd period to make it 3-2 for the Rock.  The 3rd period was a nail-biter and in the dying minutes the Capitals were able to find a way to put the ball in the net!  Tied at 3-3, the teams headed to Overtime.  After an exhausting and stressful 5-minute Overtime where with every shot everyone held their breath, it was time for a Shootout.  After 2 rounds and one shooter remaining for the Rock, if they scored they would win it all, Ramin Raounak took to center court for his attempt.  He was able to tuck the ball behind the star goalie for the Capitals, Thalia McBride, who would later be awarded Top Goaltender, to win the game!  The home team had done it, going undefeated at the tournament!

A great time was had by all and thank you to everyone who came out to support, whether you were family or friends.  Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for giving us your time and help, you were irreplaceable.  A huge thank you goes out to our generous sponsors, without you this tournament would not have happened.  Lastly, thank you to the players and coaches for your commitment to success and for being a part of the 2015 CEWHA Nationals.

Congratulations to the Toronto Rock for hoisting the Whitecap Cup and we’ll see all of you in 2017 where they will defend their title!

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2015 CEWHA Nationals Announcement

2015 CEWHA Nationals Announcement

19th, February 2015


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association Toronto Division will be hosting this year’s highly competitive national hockey tournament where athletes will compete to take home the Whitecap Cup.

More than 50 players will be competing from Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, and Ottawa. Male and female players ranging in age from 15 to 60 with various disabilities will play in the round-robin style tournament. The four day event, at Humber College – North Campus, will consist of 15 fast-paced games from July 31st through August 3rd.

CEWHA Toronto Division President Paul Desaulniers said that players will dedicate a considerable amount of time preparing for this year’s tournament, “These tournaments are highly competitive,” said Desaulniers. “I would say the Toronto Rock spends upwards of seven months practicing in advance.”
Bob Cassidy, CEWHA Executive Director, said that every year gets more competitive and he is impressed to see the level of performance from all of the teams. “Players are able to perform at a level that they maybe they never knew they could perform at,” said Cassidy. “We don’t get these feelings a lot in everyday life.”
Players say that the annual tournament is the pinnacle of their performance. “The intensity of it, the tournament feel, all the players just want to win, they all play their hardest. Playing at that level is just exhilarating, to play against that kind of skill. It’s probably the closest to the NHL as we get,” said 11 year veteran, Alex McLean.
Long time CEWHA supporter and parent Kelly Keddy said she hopes to see a big turnout for the event as it’s bound to be exciting, “It’s an awesome organization,” said Keddy. “Just come see what’s involved, it’s an amazing sport!”

The CEWHA is the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. Established in 1980, the organization is a non-profit charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. They provide a quality hockey program for all persons with disabilities who have limited upper body strength and/or mobility, who could significantly benefit from the use of an electric wheelchair in competitive sport and daily living. The organization has expanded across the country since its inception to include divisions in five cities, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, and Ottawa. Each division ranges in size, from approximately 30-40 players, who play weekly from October to May each season.

For more information contact:
Bob Cassidy
(416) 757-8544



2013 CEWHA Nationals

2013 CEWHA Nationals

The 2013 CEWHA Nationals were held in London, Ontario from August 2-5. It took place at Fanshawe College. The weekend saw 6 teams compete, Calgary, Winnipeg, 2 from London, Toronto, and Ottawa. The competition was fierce and intense, but in the end the Calgary Selects won the Allied Cup in a spirited best-of-3 series versus the Toronto Rock.

Congratulations Calgary!