I~AS exists to support persons of ALL ages and abilities by providing quality recreational and competitive adaptive sports experiences.
Recognizing the important benefits of sport, we want to we want to expose our athletes to a wide variety of individual and team Paralympic Sports.
Sled Hockey is a great team sport offering those with mobility impairments competitive opportunities to experience and develop speed, agility, dynamic balance, hand eye coordination, and strategic teamwork on the ice.
Players use a sled with a seat which is just a few inches off the ice. The equipment is made of a metal frame with a skate blade configuration and an attached plastic or fiberglass seat with strapping. The player is strapped in at the legs and waist in a long sit position. To move on the ice, the player propels (push/pulls) and maneuvers the sled uses two short handheld hockey sticks with sharp metal picks on the butt end of the shaft which dig into the ice.
Sled hockey is a fast game with skills of puck control, stick handling, passing, and shooting. This variation of the game certainly has some of the same rough and aggressive play found in other forms of competitive ice hockey. Strategic offensive and defensive play is required to be successful. On the ice, teams have a goalie, two defensive players, and three forwards.
History of Sled Hockey
Ice sled hockey was first demonstrated at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sweden in 1976, and then again at the 1988 Innsbruck Paralympics. It became an official event at the1994 Lillehammer Paralympics. Sled Hockey teams are being formed all across the globe (USA, Canada, and Europe) offering opportunities for adaptive athletes to compete on the world stage.
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