The Kitchener Ice Pirates is a special needs hockey program, providing children and adults with developmental disabilities from across Waterloo Region the opportunity to particiapte in a hockey program that is tailored to their specific needs. Our participant's abilities range from new non-skaters to those on their way to becoming great hockey players. Players on the Ice Pirates gain a sense of fairplay friendship, and an amazing sense of accomplishment as they improve their hockey skills. As part of this unique team they improve their fine and gross motor skills as well as their understanding of acceptable social behaviour. Regardless of their ability on the ice, they all love coming to the rink, making new friends and participating in this great game of hockey! Attention: You are viewing a team outside of the current season.
The event was founded in to coincide with the Quebec Winter Carnival , and give an opportunity to players under 12 years of age to have international competition. The tournament raises funds for the local Patro Roc-Amadour foundation, and is mostly run by volunteers and a few staff. The event takes place each year in February at the Videotron Centre , and previously spent 56 seasons at the Quebec Coliseum. As of , the event has showcased the talent of over 1, future professionals in the National Hockey League or the World Hockey Association.