Westside Elementary School fourth-grader Liam Cunningham helped the Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey Association's Upper Youth team win the national championship at the USA Hockey National Disability Festival March in Chicago April 12-15.
Cunningham was born with a bone disorder, polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, that limits his activities and just completed his fourth season as a member of the Minnesota Wild sponsored sled hockey team. The team consists of players with different physical disabilities ranging from amputees, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, brain cancer survivors and more.
In sled hockey, players who have physical disabilities sit in sleds with two blades on the bottom and propel themselves across the ice with two short hockey sticks with ice picks on the bottom.
The 14th annual USA Hockey National Disability Festival was the largest disabled hockey event of its kind and featured over 100 teams from the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.