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Sled Hockey

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.


2015 Sled Select Camp and National Team Tryout Information

Dates have been set for the 2015 USA Hockey Sled Select Camp and the 2015-16 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Tryouts.  Use the links below for more information.

Sled Select Camp
July 6-11, 2015
Northtown Center, Amherst, NY
Click Here for More Information

National Team Tryouts
July 12-13, 2015
Northtown Center, Amherst, NY
Click Here for More Information

 

 

 

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