Sledge hockey was invented at a rehabilitation centre in Stockholm, Sweden in the early 1960’s, by a group of people who wanted to continue playing hockey despite their physical disabilities. They modified a metal frame sled (sledge) with two regular-sized hockey skate blades that allowed the puck to pass underneath. Using round poles with bike handles for sticks,
the men played without any goaltenders. The sport caught on — by 1969, Stockholm had a five-team league that included athletes with a disability as well as able-bodied athletes. At the recreational level, anyone can play sledge hockey, disabled
and able-bodied. At the international level, however, only athletes with a disability in the lower part of their body can be classified by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to participate.
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There are currently 4 organized Sledge Hockey Programs operating in Nova Scotia. Three of them are directly under Hockey Nova Scotia and one is run Halifax Regional Municipality Recreation.
For Acadia youth group, please contact Bob Lutes firstname.lastname@example.org
For youth group in Bedford, contact Judy Power email@example.com
For Adult group in Bedford, contact Francis Durand firstname.lastname@example.org
For Sydney Adult group contact Steve Deveau email@example.com
Chester Parks and Recreation on the South Shore recently received a grant to acquire some sleds, for more information contact Chad Haughn at Chester Recreation firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information Contact Darren Cossar or Meridith MacDonald at the HNS Office.