The VFW Post 256 will be holding the inaugural James Ballentine 5K Memorial Run. All proceeds from this event will go to Minnesota Warrior’s and help us get disabled veterans on the ice. Registration can be done at the link below - we hope to see you there!
Dave Qualy, Minnesota Warriors White Team, Goaltender, #31
Defending the goal for the Minnesota Warriors White Team is goaltender Dave Qualy. Dave spent six years serving as a Combat Engineer with the Minnesota National Guard and deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007 where he conducted security operations for convoy’s and routes.
Dave started playing hockey as a goalie at the age of 4 and has played hockey for over 28 years and played high school hockey for Shakopee High School from 2001 to 2004. He started playing with the Minnesota Warriors alongside his brother Andy and Kevin since the program started in November of 2010 and was one of the first goaltenders in the program. Dave has become a stalwart presence in the crease for the White Team in the Minnesota Wild Adult Hockey League as well several exhibition games and tournaments. This season Dave helped lead the White Team to its third National Title in four years. Dave is known for being cool, calm, and collective in goal and has the ability to steal a game with his dynamic play.
Dave said this about the Minnesota Warriors organization, “For most of us on this team, the organization is a central, and in some cases defining, part of our lives. The most important thing that we offer is an environment that combines physical activity, a team mentality, and the removal of the mental and emotional barriers that keep us isolated, to varying degrees when we leave the military. When we're together there is a common unspoken understanding and appreciation that we have for each other's circumstances and experiences. This is something that is very difficult, if not impossible to find elsewhere. I know that for me, there was a period of time when it seemed like the Warriors was all I had to look forward to, and I know that there are many other players who have had similar experiences.”
Get your tickets for the 2018 Warrior Showcase here.
The MN Warriors will be playing an exhibition game against the Mosinee Papermakers on Jan 5th, 2019. Click here for more information.
Check out the new online store and help support our program.
Click here to order your free tickets to the American Legion 100th National Convention Warrior Exhibition Hockey Game.
Congratulations to David Spalding on winning the 2017 Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob Motorcycle Raffle. Have fun, ride safe and thank you for your support!
The Minnesota Warriors would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob Motorcycle raffle. The proceeds will go to help the MN Warriors Ice Hockey Program.
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.