Blind Hockey Goalie Invited to Play on Sighted Team: ‘An Incredible Experience!’
When a recreational league ice hockey team in Edmonton needed a goaltender due to a last-minute drop out, they got a save from an unlikely hero. Nelson Rego is 100% blind: and by filling in as goalie for an acquaintance’s team, he became the first-ever blind player to play in a sighted team in the province’s history. When Nelson saw the inquiry for a goalie on a FB group, he wanted to put himself out there. The team was “all in” and so Nelson strapped on his kit and got ready for his first-ever sighted league match. The team made no accommodations for Nelson, and the game was a good match. They ended up losing 9-8, but Nelson won the respect of his new teammates.