Ice sledge hockey is a sport that was designed to allow participants who have a physical impairment in the lower part of the body to play the game of ice hockey.
Sledge hockey has been a Paralympic sport since the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Paralympics.
It is fast paced, exciting and highly physical, it is one of the most watched winter Paralympic sports.
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.
In 2016, the sport has been renamed and rebranded from Ice Sledge Hockey to Para ice hockey. (https://www.paralympic.org/ice-hockey)
What clubs are there?
There are six sledge hockey clubs in the United Kingdom and several teams being set up.
- Cardiff Huskies
- Endeavour Eagles (Basingstoke)
- Kingston Kestrels
- Manchester Mayhem
- Peterborough Phantoms
- Sheffield Steelkings
The sport in action
The Sheffield Steelkings had BBC Look North come along to one of their sledge hockey training sessions at IceSheffield: