Ice Sledge Hockey

Learn about this Winter Paralympic sport

January 10, 2014

In the 1960s, two men from Sweden designed a sledge, or sled, for ice hockey for athletes with physical disabilities. Their design is mostly unchanged today. The sledge includes two skate blades on a metal frame that allow the puck to pass underneath it. There are two sticks for each player to use to maneuver the puck and propel him or herself across the ice.

The Rules of the Game

Ice sledge hockey follows most of the typical rules of ice hockey. The main difference is the equipment. Teams are made up of one goaltender and five skaters: three forwards and two defensemen. Goaltenders can travel up to the red line that cuts the rink in half. In ice sledge hockey, metal picks are sewn into the back of the goalie's gloves to help them grip the ice and move easier. Players work to get the puck past the opposing team's goalie into the net in order to score points. Games include three 20-minute periods, with a 15-minute break after the first and second periods. In the event of a tie, a sudden-victory round is played to determine the winner.

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