Bakersfield Oilers: First local special needs hockey team to play inaugural game this Saturday

Posted at 4:10 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 20:02:34-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield has officially broke the ice on its first-ever special needs hockey team!

The Bakersfield Oilers, will host their first game this weekend at the Valley Children’s Ice Center.

"The Oilers were formed one year ago with the intention of giving physically and developmentally disabled residents of Bakersfield the opportunity to enjoy the great sport of hockey," a release stated. "Affiliated with the American Special Hockey Association, the program is open to both adults and children. The team practices weekly and no hockey experience is required to join."

The team will face off against another special needs, the Valencia Flyers.

The puck will drop at 3:15 p.m on Saturday December 14 at the Ice Center on 1325 Q Street behind Mechanics Bank Arena.