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16th annual sled hockey tournament wraps up in Westfield

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Sunday was the final day of the 16th annual New England Invitational Sled Hockey Tournament at the Amelia Park Ice Arena.

The three-day event is made up of players of different skill levels from different parts of the country and beyond.

Organizers said even though they move down the ice a little different, the competition is fierce.

"It's the same game, same rules. There's only two changes from able-bodied hockey, as we call it," said Carole Appleton, executive director of the arena. "Everybody has a story, but the people with physical disabilities have daily challenges, and a lot of the athletes say to me 'I'm disabled for 23 hours out of the day, but for that one hour, I'm not disabled. I'm just an athlete that wants to kick a little butt.'"

There were four different divisions in this year's tournament: junior, recreational, intermediate and adult.

Organizers said there were about 150 competitors and about 1,000 people on hand to cheer them on over the three days.

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