Jon Albert-Minnesota Warriors Black Team, Center, #51
Playing for the Minnesota Warriors Black Team is center and alternate captain Jon Albert. Jon spent 8 years as an Infantryman in the Minnesota National Guard where he deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007.
Jon has spent 5 seasons with the Minnesota Warriors and plays primarily on the Black Team in the D1 bracket of the Minneapolis AHA league. He has been playing hockey in one form or another for his whole life and played organized hockey until he was in 8th grade. After that Jon played on the ponds and outdoor rinks for several years until he met the current President of the Minnesota Warriors, Derek Kottke who encouraged him to join the Minnesota Warriors. Jon is currently the Black Team’s leading scorer with 9 goals and 11 assists in 10 games this season and over the last 5 seasons in the AHA has notched 57 goals and 42 assists for 99 points in 68 games.
This November the Minnesota Wild honored Jon for his service by inviting him and his wife to fly with the team to a game at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. During the trip Jon and his wife were VIP’s for the Wild as he met and discussed his service and the Minnesota Warriors organization with Craig Leipold the owner of the Minnesota Wild and Paul Fenton the team’s general manager. Jon also got to meet and talk to several players and coaches such as Nick Seeler, Jordan Greenway, and Bruce Boudreau.
Jon was asked what it meant to be a part of the Minnesota Warriors and he responded with, “Playing for the Warriors brings back the military life. When you are with your team in the locker room, on the ice, at a tournament or exhibition game it is just like being in the military again. The barracks life of having your buddies right by your side, supporting you and berating you all while cheering you on and laughing with you. It is a family atmosphere that is tough to find outside of the military.
Playing for the Warriors has given me that little piece that not many others understand back. Once I got more involved with the organization as both a board member and an Alternate Captain, it really helped me feel like I was helping build something great. I plan on continuing to be active in the organization if I can in one way or another and hope to help continue to grow the program across the country to help other Veterans gain what I have gained from this program.
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2018 USA Disabled Hockey National Champions Warrior A Division
From the moment the players walk through the doors of the arena they are part of the team. Part of something more. They are able to step away from daily life and play a game. Being part of this team means knowing they can depend on each other. There is a level of camaraderie that goes without parallel in civilian life. The Warriors hope is to help each one another and other Veterans get through the rough times with the bond that is built on and off the ice.
MN Warriors booth at the State Fair 2017. Military appreciation day
The Minnesota Warriors Hockey Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education to its participants.
The MN Warriors Ice Hockey Program has been organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, for wounded, injured, or otherwise disabled veterans of the United States Military, in conjunction with the USA Disabled Hockey Program.
The program educates, trains, motivates, and encourages individuals who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability of the participating athletes. It is designed to integrate people with disabilities with people without disabilities in order to promote awareness of challenges and to encourage team building.
The program uses the game of hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in developing self confidence, adjusting to their new lifestyle, rehabilitation, self-reliance, concentration, and to assist in helping participants back into mainstream lifestyles they were accustomed to prior to their disability, that will help the individual be more successful both within and outside a hockey environment.