Skating on Thin Ice

It is 7 am. We just dropped Alejandro off at the Ice Arena for sled hockey practice.

Sled Hockey???   What on earth is that?

That is what I thought when I first heard about it, just a few weeks ago. I saw my first sled hockey game very recently.

According to  www.

Sled hockey, which is known as “sledge hockey” in Canada and Europe, is a sit-down version of ice hockey for players whose disability prevents them from playing stand-up hockey.  There is little difference between the two. The goal is still to put the puck in the net.

Sled hockey players use their arms to power themselves around the ice, and their hips to move side to side.  Play is on a regulation sized ice rink with standard size nets and pucks. It’s fast paced and a full contact sport.

Instead of one hockey stick, players use two for propulsion, passing, and shooting..  The sticks have metal picks on one end for players to propel themselves. Athletes with double lower limb loss have an advantage since they can use shorter sleds with no leg supports, resulting in a smaller turn radius. Two able-bodied referees call the game.

Sled hockey is played by a wide range of players with a variety of mobility limitations: amputees, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida or any disability that limits participation in stand-up hockey.

Disabled Sports USA, Reed Hoffmann

Disabled Sports USA, Reed Hoffmann


Players are outfitted with a hockey helmet with face mask, gloves, and body protection including shoulder pads, shin guards, elbow pads, neck guard, and hockey gloves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove; metal picks are attached  to the backside allowing the goalie to maneuver.

Alejandro, who is a double amputee, is really enjoying his newest sport.  He also plays wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing, shot put, discus and javelin.

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