For many in New Hampshire and throughout the northeast, the arrival of fall means the start of hockey season. For those with mobility impairments, it still means hockey…sled hockey!
Sled hockey is an ice sport that allows individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the popular winter sport. Sled hockey is played as a team sport and the concepts and rules are the same as “stand-up” hockey. Instead of standing up to skate, participants sit on an adaptive device known as a sled. To propel themselves, players use two shortened hockey sticks with a blade on one end and metal picks for propulsion on the other end.
Hard checking, pin point passing, and 60-mile an hour slap shots are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in “stand-up” hockey. From beginners to the most aggressive competitors, Northeast Passage welcomes all participants to try the sport or be a part of the Northeast Passage team.
The Northeast Passage/UNH Sled Hockey Team practices weekly and competes in the Northeast Sled Hockey League with teams from New England and beyond. The team also competes in national tournaments and participates in exhibition games and special events.
Northeast Passage also offers a Youth Sled Hockey program for youth ages 5-18 interested in developing skills to advance within the sport. The team practices weekly during the winter season and participates in regional tournaments and scrimmages. This program focuses on youth with physical disabilities who are seeking a competitive outlet and team environment.
Our team is available for appearances, charity events, exhibitions, etc. Want your team to play our team? We’ll bring equipment and players and provide a unique experience for your organization! Please contact us directly for availability and to customize your event.
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Northeast Passage, UNH Athletics, and the Paralympics:
Northeast Passage, UNH Athletics, and U.S. Paralympics have joined forces to create a unique model for sled hockey and sled hockey development. The Northeast Passage team competes in the Northeast Sled Hockey league and in other games and events in the northeast. While this team is open to all participants, it provides some players the unique opportunity to be a college student and a sled hockey player at the same time, without compromise. These student athletes have access to the same facilities and coaching as their able bodied counterparts. This benefit, combined with Northeast Passage’s Paralympic Sport Club status, allows these same athletes the opportunity to work with and mentor the next generation of sled hockey players. Please see the Athlete Development page for more information on this program or contact Northeast Passage directly.
Private instruction is available upon request/availability. Call Northeast Passage (603-862-0070) if you are interested in a private lesson or equipment demo.
My son is still talking about how much fun he had playing sled hockey. I had as much fun as he did and something much more. For the two of us to do an activity together, at the same level, was really special for me.