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. If you are interested in trying this sport out, you are welcome to join the team for the last half hour of the first practice of every month.
STRIDE’s Capital District Sled Warriors team holds practices on weekends at the Albany County Hockey Facility 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. For more information on joining the team, please contact the team manager, Kim Wilson (contact info below).
Where: Albany County Hockey Facility, 830 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211
When: October – April on Sundays + travel competition schedule on calendar. Practice Schedule TBA