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Sledge Hockey

Sledge hockey is the Paralympic sport version of ice hockey. All players have a lower body disability and are strapped to a two-bladed sledge. They propel themselves with sticks spiked at one end and curved blades at the other for shooting.

Sledge hockey was added to the Paralympic Winter Games in 1994. There’s only been a men’s tournament at the Games but women had their first official IPC event – the International Cup, in late 2014.in Brampton,Ont.

The goaltender may have an additional pick at the base end of his stick and may use an additional stick with a blade or wear a trapper glove.  Teams are comprised of a maximum 15 players per team, including two goaltenders. Games consist of three 15-minute stop-time periods.

Canada has won medals at every Paralympic Games except 2002 and 2010 including gold in 2006.

More Information
Ben Shutron
Coordinator Sledge Hockey, Hockey Canada
bshutron@hockeycanada.ca
(403) 777-4581
Jean-François Rapatel
High Performance Athlete Development Advisor, CSI
JFRapatel@paralympic.ca
(778) 350-7694
Daniel Absolon
High Performance Athlete Development Advisor
DAbsolon@paralympic.ca
(416) 528-3896
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Classification

To participate in IPC competitions and sanctioned events (i.e. Paralympic Winter Games), athletes must have an impairment of permanent nature in the lower part of the body of such a degree that it makes ordinary skating, and consequently ice hockey playing, impossible. Examples include amputation, spinal cord injury, joint immobility, cerebral palsy and leg shortening of at least seven centimetres.

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