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Para ice hockey

Two players tackling during a game of Para ice hockey

What is Para ice hockey?

Para ice hockey is also known as sledge hockey. It follows the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), with modifications. It is fast-paced and highly physical.

Instead of skates, players use double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath. Players use two sticks, which have a spike-end for pushing and a blade-end for shooting. Therefore, with a quick flip of the wrist, the players are able to propel themselves using the spikes and then play the puck using the blade-end of the sticks. A player may use two sticks with blades in order to facilitate stick handling and ambidextrous shooting.

Para ice hockey in New Zealand

Para ice hockey is not currently delivered in New Zealand, however, Adaptive Snow Sports Programmes in other Winter Sports are offered at most New Zealand ski resorts, with opportunities to progress to the international level. Register your interest now!

For more information on Para ice hockey visit International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey.

How do you play Para ice hockey?

As in ice hockey, each team attempts to outscore its opponent by shooting the puck across the ice and into the opposing team’s goal while preventing the opposing team from scoring. Six players (including the goalkeeper) from each team are on the ice at one time. Ice sledge hockey games consist of three 15-minute periods.

Who can compete in Para ice hockey?

It is played by male and female athletes with a physical impairment in the lower part of the body. 

Read more about classification in Para sport.

History of Para ice hockey

Since its debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, the Paralympic version of ice hockey has quickly become one of the largest attractions for spectators.

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