Wounded Warrior Hockey: The Hardest Hitting Bunch You'll Ever See
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BERLIN, Wis. -- August 7, 2003, Mike Cain saw his life changed in a split second. While on a combat patrol in Iraq his Humvee drove over an anti tank mine...its a minor miracle he survived, his right leg did not.
"After I got blown up at Walter reed the told me everything that happened and I was like, mad and I was like, this sucks, all depressed and down," Cain explained. "I sat there and took in two or three deep breaths and was like, you know what, like who cares, I'm breathing, I'm alive, I'm good."
Good might be a bit of an understatement, despite the loss of the leg, multiple injuries and being shot twice, Mikes quest to continue competing in sports didn't die in the Iraqi dessert.
"It just all consisted of wounded warriors that love the game of hockey and you know, want to show that just because of a disability it's not gonna deter them from you know doing what they love."
While there are two warrior teams, one consisting of sled the other upright, the attitude is pure Eddie Shore old school hockey. Mike and his buddies have played against NHL, collegiate and Olympic players and hopes everyone skates away with the same conclusion.
"A lot of people are like 'were not handicapped' and we're like, no we're handy capable! We'll let you know that, but we enjoy the game of hockey. We love the physicality of it and just the feeling and being able to be out there and doing these things, you know, regardless of if we have legs or not."