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Golden Knights’ sled hockey program taken under Zappos’ wing


It’s been well-documented over years that hockey is an expensive sport.

Even sled hockey.


Back in early November, the Vegas Golden Knights announced that Zappos, an online shoe and clothing retailer based in Las Vegas, is now the presenting sponsor of the Golden Knights sled hockey team. As the presenting sponsor, Zappos has pledged to support the team financially and cover the team’s travel and equipment needs, as well as assist in fundraising efforts throughout the season.

Sled hockey is a sit-down version of ice hockey for players whose disability prevents them from playing stand-up hockey.

“We are proud to partner with Zappos on this important initiative that promotes inclusivity in our game,” said Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz. “We cannot say enough about Zappos’ service to our community and their exemplary commitment to the city of Las Vegas. Their support will help bring our sled hockey program to new levels.”

“We’re humbled to be able to support the Vegas Golden Knights in helping to bring this amazing sport to even more people,” said Steven Bautista, head of charitable giving at Zappos. “We believe in encouraging change and inclusivity-whether that’s with shoes and clothing, or sports. Everyone should have the opportunity to do what they love and pursue their passions.”

The Golden Knights sled hockey team has several upcoming tournaments and exhibitions – Jan. 11-13 in Anaheim (Pacific Division Tournament against official sled hockey teams of the Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche), Feb. 7-10 in Chicago (NHL Sled Classic against all other NHL-sanctioned sled hockey teams), March 8-10 in Denver (Pacific Division Tournament) and April 4-7 in Tampa (Disabled World Championship).

Since Jan. 2018, the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation has donated more than $25,000 to the Golden Knights sled hockey team that went towards sleds and equipment including gloves, helmets, chest protectors and elbow pads, as well as weekly ice time. Thanks to the partnership with Zappos, travel costs, new equipment and other team-related expenses will all be covered moving forward.

Photo/Vegas Golden Knights

— Matt Mackinder

(Jan. 2, 2019)

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