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Established in 1986, the Islanders Sledge Hockey Club is open to players of all ages, genders, and abilities! Sledge hockey gives everyone the opportunity to play Canada’s favourite sport and learn the value of teamwork.
What is Sledge Hockey?
It’s an exciting, inclusive sport for people of all levels of physical ability and follows the same rules as traditional “stand-up” ice hockey, with six players aside (including the goalie). Players sit on a sledge (sled), which is a narrow platform with skate blades attached to the bottom, and propel themselves along the ice using two specially constructed hockey sticks that have picks on the ends. Players wear full hockey equipment and are strapped onto the sledges, which can be adapted to meet the individual needs of each player. It is currently one of the most popular sports in the Paralympic Games, where it’s called “Para Ice Hockey”.
“Champions Weekend” (formerly “Champions Day”) marks the end of the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association (OSHA) season and takes place in early April. The playoff semifinals and finals for all competitive levels (juniors to elite) happen on this weekend – and all at the same location!