Para Ice Hockey (formerly known as Sledge Hockey) is the paralympic version of Ice Hockey.
Here in the UK, it is a fully inclusive sport, where Disabled and Able Bodied players can compete on the same team. It is only at an International level where players need to have a recognised disability.
The sport is currently played in 5 of our Ice Arenas:
Planet Ice Peterborough – Peterborough Phantoms
iceSheffield – Sheffield Steelkings
Ice Arena Wales (IAW) – Cardiff Huskies
Silverblades Widnes / Planet Ice Altrincham – Manchester Mayhem
Hull Ice Arena – Kingston Kestrels
All 5 teams compete in the British Para Ice Hockey League, which runs throughout the Summer months from May to August. Following the League campaign, the teams also compete in an end of season Play-Off tournament in September.
Each of the teams trains 12 months of the year, either on a weekly or fortnightly basis and players can train with other teams as well as the team they are registered with.
Each club carries spare equipment for new players to use on taster sessions and the first 2 sessions are usually free of charge. After this, players will need to register wit the league, which allows them to take part in league games.
If you are interested in taking part in the sport, or going along to watch a training session or game, to get a feel for the sport, please contact your local club:
Peterborough Phantoms – Naomi Adie – (email Phantoms)
Sheffield Steelkings – Jake Oakley – (email Steelkings)
Cardiff Huskies – Russ Willey – (email Huskies)
Manchester Mayhem – Peter Hagan – (email Mayhem)
Kingston Kestrels – Simon Berry – (email Kestrels)