WORCESTER, Mass. - On Tuesday, March 13, the Holy Cross men's hockey team played the East Coast Jumbos at the Hart Center. Go here to view a photo gallery from the game.
The East Coast Jumbos is a team for mentally challenged boys ranging 8-24 years old. This program was created by Ray LeBlanc when he realized that two of his sons were able to play hockey, when his other son was being dragged to these games because there were no hockey teams for mentally challenged boys. With the desire to create a team his son could play on Ray enlisted the help of his friend Jim Perry, whose son is also on the team, and together they created the East Coast Jumbos. The team started off small and just held practices to teach the boys to skate, but soon it grew and many of them now attend tournament games like the one at Holy Cross.
The Jumbos practice and attend tournaments like any other team and they show extreme dedication and perseverance when they step onto the ice. This team has taken on the Worcester Sharks and played at the TD BankNorth Garden. One of their most recent feats was playing at Frozen Fenway. The Jumbos players have extreme heart and a love for the game. This team provides these boys with great friends and an amazing sport that they can be proud to play.