Dedicated to the sport of hockey both on and off the ice, Connor Barge hasn’t let anything get in the way of his love for the game. The 16-year-old Barge, who was diagnosed with Progressive Pseudorheumatoid Dysplasia when he was 5, has been an active member of the Cincinnati IceBreakers sled hockey team for the past six seasons. Not only has Barge emerged as one of Cincinnati’s most accomplished players, but he also dedicates countless hours to promotion and fundraising efforts for the program. During practices and games, Barge offers his help to new players by giving them pointers and helping them gain a comfort for the sport. He’s an open-minded teammate as well, willing to play any position or role for the betterment of the team. Barge’s enthusiasm was recognized this season when he was offered a chance to play with the Ohio United sled hockey team at the USA Hockey Sled Classic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Off the ice, Barge has been the top fundraiser for the IceBreakers in recent memory, having raised over $1,000 for the program since joining the team. He also volunteers during the Flying Pig Marathon, which donates money to non-profit organizations that participate in the event. A sophomore at William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio, Barge has encouraged his teachers and classmates to learn more about the sport of sled hockey by inviting them to try the game each year.
The Disabled Athlete of the Year Award recognizes a disabled athlete that has displayed incredible dedication to disabled hockey in the United States.
Volunteer for Spinal Cord Injury research; mentor on and off the ice; USAH Select Sled Camp Participant 2012-2014; Ohio United Select player
The IceBreakers are proud to have had TWO players invited the National Camp in Buffalo, NY for a week-long training program to work with the best in the world.
Congrats Kevin and Ben!