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One-handed hockey player Scott Stafford trying out for Denver Cutthroats

Aug 23, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT


Scott Stafford will try to defy the odds, as he tries out for the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League.

Stafford plays hockey with only one hand, after being born without his left hand.

But doesn’t let that stop him from playing a game he clearly loves, or as an excuse for not trying to play hockey at the highest possible level he can.

“I’ve kind of used hockey to show people it’s just a hand,” Stafford recently told the Hamilton Spectator. “It’s only a disability if you let it be.

“All my goals are short-handed.”

The 23-year-old Stafford, who played Junior B hockey, is now in Denver, trying out for the Cutthroats. As per

“This kid is fun to watch. It really is amazing,” Cutthroats head coach Derek Armstrong told The Denver Post.

  1. ryanoffski - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    This is awesome! Good luck to him!

  2. Stiller43 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    “All my goals are short-handed.”

    HA. Love he has humor about it. Any video of him playing?

    When i was like 13, there was this one armed man who parked his golfing gear into the driving range stall next to mine…he was WHALIN the ball. Drives would be 250 and straight every time. Obviously golf and hockey are two different sports, but im very interested to see what he can do.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    • stinkpretty1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      a good friend of mine is the same way. rides a motorbike, originally took his drivers exam with a stick-shift, all with no right hand or prosthetic. he has a little nub past the elbow. truly inspires me!!!!

    • wolfy31 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Watching him on Friday, I couldn’t even tell he had any difference from the other players. He makes hard accurate passes and can skate like the wind. I didn’t get a chance to see him shoot but he looked great with and without the puck.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    That’s truly heart-warming , I’m gonna try and pay attention to this kid cuz that’s amazing

  4. multiplemiggs - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    he probably looks like a girl when he fights lol

    • alicesrightfootesq - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Yeah I’m sure that’s what everyone thought when they first read this story.

    • bricevjohnson - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Aw, now I see. You’re just a moron in general, no matter the topic.

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Anyone remember the pitcher from the Angels back in the 80’s that played despite missing a hand? Anyway, always inspiring to hear about these things- best of luck to the dude!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      Daves, that was Jim Abbott, and he pitched in MLB from 1989-1999, and for the White Sox, Yankees and Brewers too, hurling a 4-0 no-hitter for NYY over Cleveland on Sept. 4, 1993. Went 87-108 with a 4.25 ERA with 888 K’s.

  6. vstar1us - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Ok a one hand BBall player, a one hand Hpuck player the world just could not get better. Lets let e erroneous play it is only sports, my meter man has one arm and he does a great job.
    He ain’t no handicapper he a Vet only doing his job

  7. atahualpaoxford - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Great story, for sure…
    Have a question: anybody remembers being a one armed basketball player ever, even in the minor leagues…???

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