What is sled hockey?
Sled or sledge hockey has become a fan favorite ever since it was introduced as a medal sport in the 1994 Paralympic Games. More commonly known as sled hockey in the United States, the sport has been played in this country since the late 1980s.
Just as in ice hockey, sled hockey is played with six players (including a goalie) on a team. Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of some equipment. Players sit in specially-designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear the same equipment but have metal picks sewn into the backsides of the gloves to allow the goalie to maneuver.
Who is a sled hockey athlete?
Sled hockey is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.
Turnstone’s sled hockey program
Turnstone currently has two competitive sled hockey teams, known as the Turnstone Flyers:
• Athletes ages 8-17 play on our youth team
• Athletes ages 18 and older play on our adult team
The sled hockey season runs from October through April. Practices are held on most Sunday afternoons at:
SportONE/Parkview Ice House
3869 Ice Way Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46805
The teams compete on weekends throughout the Midwest and at Turnstone’s annual home tournament in mid-February.
Turnstone has hosted the ‘Annual Bob Chase Frostbite Classic Tournament’ since 2009 and has been home to the ‘Silver Stick International Youth Sled Hockey Tournament’ since 2011.
Want to learn more?
For more information about our sled hockey program contact Molly Cinker, Competitive Sports Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (260) 969-7642.