Para Hockey Overview
Para hockey was invented at a rehabilitation centre in Stockholm, Sweden, in the early 1960s, by a group of people who wanted to continue playing hockey despite their physical disabilities. They modified a metal frame sled with two regular-sized hockey skate blades that allowed the puck to pass underneath. Using round poles with bike handles for sticks, the men played without any goaltenders.
The sport caught on — by 1969, Stockholm had a five-team league that included athletes with a disability as well as able-bodied athletes.
At the recreational level, anyone can play para hockey, disabled and able-bodied. At the international level, however, only athletes with a disability in the lower part of their body can be classified by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to participate.
Try Para Hockey Days
Working with the Saskatchewan Wheelchairs Sports Association, we are excited to offer the chance for groups to try the sport of para hockey by registering for one of our 'Try Para Hockey Day' events. Submit an application to host one below.
Para Hockey Contacts
|Melville Sled Dogs||Tracy Delainey|
|Bruno T-Birds||Joan Manderscheid|
|Cut Knife||Mia Fairley|
|Ice Tornadoes (Saskatoon+Area)||Brenda & Ted Carter|
|Avengers (Regina+Area)||Bobbi Bolianatz|
|Swift Current Ice Breakers||Jan Speir|
Para Hockey Resources