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Sledge Hockey

History of Sledge Hockey

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. 

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 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.

No matter how you say it,

No matter how you play it,
It's hockey!

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