Formerly known at Sled Hockey in the US, or Sledge Hockey in Canada and elsewhere, Para Ice Hockey was developed in the 1960's in Sweden to allow athletes with physical impairments to play the sport of ice hockey. Played on a "sled" with blades in the rear and guides in the front, players propel and maneuver across the rink surface using adaptive hockey sticks with metal tips on the end to grip the ice. The game is played on a standard size hockey rink and follows the same rules as ice hockey. Wherever possible, doorways to the benches have been modified to allow ease of access.
All 3 California based NHL team - LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks & San Jose Sharks - sponsor or are involved with local Para Ice Hockey teams, and tournaments are regularly held across the country. Para Ice Hockey has been in the Winter Paralympic Games since '94 and the USA will be looking to defend its Gold medal this coming Feb in South Korea.
Angel City Sports is adding new sports for 2018 - could Para Ice Hockey be one of them? Please support our Fall Fundraising Drive at http://bit.ly/AngelCitySports2017 - EVERY DONATION THRU TOMORROW WILL BE MATCHED, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!