Women to join national sled hockey team

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email

Jay Lewis is the man responsible for bringing sled hockey to South Bend a little over a year ago. His goal was to provide disabled people with a chance to play. Little did he know what he find one of the best players in the nation

“We advertised our first clinic, so we could get some people who might have a disability or just have an interest in sled hockey to come out and join us”

That’s when Amber Self a 10 military veteran showed up to play. She had been discharged for disability and had been told she may never walk again.

“Doctors put me in a wheel chair and told me I wouldn't get up again, that went to an even deeper sickness. So I was bed ridden for almost a year and they said I wouldn't get up. I got tired of lying in bed and this came open.”

After just three games as goalie the Chicago Blackhawk Co-Ed sled team came to town for an exhibition and their captain saw something special in Amber on the ice.

She brought Amber out to Montana for a try-out with the women's national team.

When Amber got a phone call saying she had made it she was in shock.

“I still couldn't believe it. And I got the email when I got home confirming it and I was like I need to print this out and put it up on a wall!"

As she waits to join the team she practices here in South Bend where the Joe Rogers, the goalie for Notre Dame has taken notice.

“It’s a little bit of acknowledgment for everyone who has put time in here and also to herself who has done a great job and really developed. We are looking forward to seeing how she does there.”

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