The sport of Sledge Hockey was designed for people with physical disabilities, typically below the waist, to play the game of ice hockey. The game originated in Sweden in the early 1960's by two men who wanted to continue to play ice hockey despite their disability. Sledge Hockey is a fast, physical, exhilarating sport that is quickly gaining popularity around the world. With rules closely following those of "stand-up" hockey, sledge hockey uses specialized equipment to enable people with physical disabilities to participate in hockey and compete with able-bodied athletes on a level playing field. Players are seated in a small plastic shell that is attached to metal frame with 2 skate blades located directly beneath the player. Players are securely strapped into their sledges which allows for maximum mobility and control while propelling themselves down the ice. Unlike stand-up hockey, players use 2 slightly modified sticks to manoeuver themselves around the ice, as well as for shooting, stick handling and passing.
For more information, please contact the Adapted & Integrated Unit at 416-397-4923.