The Special Hockey International tournament is an event for the developmentally challenged – this year it took place in Kitchner, Ontario. You can check out their website here, where they describe the event as such:

The annual SHI tournament brings together teams from across North America and Europe once a year for a major gathering, attracting more than 70 teams. This tournament traditionally alternates between a Canadian and American City, but has also been hosted in London, England. The SHI tournament is not a traditional tournament, however. There are no elimination rounds, no one team is crowned champion. In our eyes they are all champions. Every team plays 4 games and every player on every team plays equally.

The goal above from the event is amazing. Just pure patience, earnest goodness and love. Hope you enjoyed it – there’s some more background on it here.

Comments (27)

  1. #2 – Best hockey player ever.

  2. Really beautiful video. This should be mandatory watching before anyone posts vitriolic comments or personal attacks on the blog.

    Looks like you forgot to hyperlink the SHI web site though Justin, you buffoon!


  4. #2 must be #1′s sibling or something. Staying with the kid, keeping the puck in position for him, coaching him in towards the net. Just beautiful.

    • I don’t think he must be his sibling. Could just be an amazing kid helping out a fellow hockey player.

  5. Not sure which kid I love more there, #2 or #1.

  6. Magical video. Should be required viewing for every over zealous self-centered manipulative hockey parent out there.

  7. The payoff was worth every second of that. Some great kids there.

  8. My youngest boy has Down Syndrome and his brothers and sisters look out for him kind of like #2 in the video. That made me tear up a little bit. Thanks Justin for sharing that.

  9. Very special. Thanks for this. Kinda makes me feel stupid for worrying about pro sports today. I admit I welled up.

  10. This could be the best thing I see all day.

  11. Such a sweet and touching video. Two very special boys (just like my own). #2 is going to grow up to be one exceptional young man some day (also like my own: ) . The patience and kindness he shows is so heartwarming. Made my day! Thank you my son!

  12. Really awesome video, thank you so much for sharing it. Might be weird but it finally got me tearing up when he turned around, hand in the air and I saw his jersey. Giants, indeed.

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