Sled Hockey is an adaptive sport that allows people with disabilities to play ice hockey. There are some people that say the sport does not get the recognition it deserves. Sled hockey was invented in Stockholm, Sweden at a rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of people who wanted to continue playing ice hockey post-injury.
“(Sled Hockey) allows individuals with mobility limitations, such as amputees and people with paraplegia, to play the game of hockey. It does, however, require great upper body strength and balance.”
The main difference between ice hockey and sled hockey is that for sled hockey participants sit on a sled with two skate blades on the bottom as opposed to skating on foot.
Sled Hockey players use two shortened sticks with a pick on one end to maneuver the sled and the blade on the other to shoot the puck. In both sled and ice hockey, there are six players on the ice at a time for each team (unless there is a penalty.) Sled hockey involves three forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie. Sled hockey is played with the same intensity as ice hockey.
Sled hockey is one of the sports to be included in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
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