Ian Readey's bio:

The Nova Scotia Special Needs Hockey Club was founded by Ian Readey, a young adult from Fall River, Nova Scotia who has high-functioning Autism, and who has an extensive sports, photography, & media background.

Born in New Brunswick, and with a mostly Acadian ethnicity, Ian's passion for hockey runs deep and despite the enormous challenges that Autism causes, has let nothing stop him.

Ian is the first Special Hockey International player to start his own club. Ian was also the first full-time resident of Atlantic Canada to be a full-time registered Special Hockey International & American Special Hockey Association player, and was both the first Atlantic Canadian & Canadian resident to be registered with an American Special Hockey Association club full-time, commuting from Fall River, NS as often as he could.

He has been an Special Hockey International registered player since January 2012 with the Innisfil Snowdogs (Barrie, ON) & most recently the Northern Virginia Cool Cats (Arlington, VA). In special hockey's spirit of friendship, Ian has also played as a Guest player on other Canadian & American special hockey clubs also.

The son of two former journalists, Ian is also currently a contributing photographer & occasional contributing writer for Inside Track Motorsport News of Toronto. Ian’s also a former photojournalist & occasional contributing writer with Atlantic Canada news website HockeyScene.com from August 2009 until they ceased publishing in April 2016. Ian's also held tons of photography roles with various sports teams and leagues all over the maritime provinces since 2006 along with several other occasional photojournalism roles for various publications.

He has also been an athlete with Special Olympics NS Sackville-Bedford since 2007.

He is also an co-organizer of the Rec. Soccer, Curling, & Lacrosse leagues for the non-profit community sport club Halifax PLAYS and is working on a couple other new sports leagues at this time too.