Similar to ice hockey, sled hockey is an exciting, competitive full-contact team sport played on ice. In place of skates, players are seated in sleds, and hockey sticks are replaced with picks — shortened hockey sticks (1/3 the length of a regulation hockey stick) with metal teeth at the end. Players use their picks to pass, stick handle, shoot the puck, and propel their sled across the ice. Though the sled is designed for people with lower extremity disabilities, people without disabilities may also participate.
STRIDE’s Capital District Sled Warriors team holds practices on weekends at the Albany Academy Field House ice rink throughout the season, with tournaments and games scheduled throughout the late winter and early spring.
Equipment includes a uniform, helmet, neck guard, shoulder pads, gloves, elbow pads, shin guards, sled, and pick. It is recommended to have sturdy shoes or old ice hockey boots (without blades) to protect your feet.
Where: Albany Academy Ice Rink
When: October – April on Saturdays + travel competition schedule on calendar
Cost: $40 payable to USA Hockey
To register, contact email@example.com or 518-598-1279.
A current STRIDE application must be on file to participate. STRIDE reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee if you make a reservation but do not attend.