WHAT IS SLED HOCKEY?

Sled hockey is an exciting alternative sport that uses the rules of hockey. However, instead of skating, the players sit on a specially designed sled and use two short ice picks to propel themselves across the ice. Standard hockey rules apply. Legal body contact and raised puck shooting are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in traditional hockey.



WHO CAN PLAY?

The wonderful thing about sled hockey is that anyone can play. This sport is played by both males and females. It’s a sport that totally integrates players with mobility limitations, amputees, and able-bodied people with knee, leg or hip injuries that limit their participation in standard hockey.


PHYSICAL FITNESS

Sled hockey participants discover that piloting a sled is fun and a great form of exercise. It increases strength and coordination and also conditions the lower body. The balance used to propel, play the puck, turn and stop gives legs, back, and abdominal muscles a real work out. In fact, paraplegics playing regularly notice an increase in balance when using their wheelchairs.


DIVISIONS OF PLAY

Novice – Beginning players 17 1/2 years of age and under as of June 30th, of the 
             current year
Juniors – 17 ½ years of age and under as of June 30th, of the current year
Adults – 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER