Sled (sledge as it's referred to outside the United States) hockey was invented at a Stockholm, Sweden, rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical disability, wanted to continue playing hockey.
Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception some of the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove. Metal picks are sewn into the backside to allow the goalie to maneuver.
A few rinks around the country are sled accessible. Sled accessible rinks allow players to remain in their sleds and skate off the ice into the bench area. This requires that the bench area is flush with the ice and there is clear plexiglass replacing the white boards.
Sled hockey provides opportunity for many types of disabilities and there are opportunities available in local areas for recreation/competition all the way to the National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics. Sled hockey is rapidly growing in the US and players are "hooked" once they touch the ice the first time.
The USA Hockey Player Development Committee is seeking nominations for the twelfth annual 2017 USA Sled Hockey Select Camp scheduled for July 9-14, 2017 at the Northtown Center in Amherst, New York. Players who are between the ages of 14 and 20 years of age or are over 20 years of age who have been playing sled hockey for three years or less are eligible to be nominated for this camp.
Attendance at the Camp is by invitation only. Nominations will be accepted by the Player Development Committee from sled hockey coaches across the United States. The Player Development Committee will make the final selections for this USA Sled Hockey Camp and will be inviting these players directly once they have been selected.
For more information, including a link to the nomination for, click here.
Thank you for your interest in the 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Tryouts. On the next several pages we will collect the necessary information to get you registered. Below is general information regarding the tryouts. Use the link below to register for the tryouts.
Northtown Center at Amherst
1615 Amherst Manor Dr
Amherst NY 14221
Phone: (716) 631-7555
There will be a meeting and jersey distribution in the lobby of the rink on Sunday, July 15th at 8:30a.
Sunday, July 15th
Monday, July 13th