Sled Hockey

Want to get physical, hit the ice and your opponent. There is little difference in sled hockey as stand-up hockey. The goal is still to put the puck in the net. Sled hockey players use their arms to power themselves around the ice with picks underneath two sticks and their upper bodies to move side-to-side. There are six players for each team – three forwards, two defensemen, and a goalie. Play is on a regulation sized ice rink with standard size nets, a puck and 20 minute periods. Hard hits and shots are all still common on the rink. Players and spectators alike experience the same thrills as stand-up hockey. 


Sleds consist of a customized bucket to sit in, a backrest can be used depending on the injury level of the person. A frame supports the bucket, legs and feet, and is mounted on two skate blades attached under the bucket. Straps keep the player secure in the sled.

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Things to Know

  • Transferring – transfers are done from chair to the sled before getting on the ice. Again there is no one right way to do it.
  • Abdominal strength – depending on your level of injury the seat back height, the placement (forward/aft) and the distance between the skate blades will determine your skating style.

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