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Para Hockey

History of Para Hockey

Para 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 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. 

After a few years, the sport caught on. By 1969, Stockholm had a five team league that included athletes with disabilities as well as able-bodied athletes. 

At the recreational level, anyone can play para 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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