Sledge Hockey

Sledge Hockey is fast-paced, highly physical sport played by male and female athletes having a physical disability in the lower part of the body including amputees, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and other conditions. It is governed provincially by the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association (OSHA) and follows the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with some modifications. As in Ice Hockey, teams play with six players (5 skaters and a goalie) on the ice surface and attempt to outscore its opponent by shooting the puck into the opposing team’s goal while preventing the opposing team from scoring. The players sit and are strapped onto custom made aluminum frame sledges having two blades and a runner. The players use 2 sticks each having a blade at one end and picks at the opposite end. The sticks are used to propel themselves along the ice using the pick end and the blade end is used for stick handling, passing and shooting. With a quick flip of the wrist, the players are able to propel themselves using the spikes and then play the puck using the blade-end of the sticks. Sledge Hockey games consist of three 15-minute stop-time periods.