Ice Sledge Hockey at the Winter Paralympic Games

Sledge hockey, also commonly known as Para ice hockey, is ice hockey for people with physical disabilities of the lower body. It one of the most popular sports of the Paralympic Games.

The sport mainly follows the rules of regular ice hockey, with mainly adjustments based on the equipment being used. Players sit on double-blade sledges, specially designed to allow the puck to pass beneath. Also, players use two sticks, the spike-end for pushing themselves along and the blade-end for shooting.

Ice sledge hockey made its debut on the Paralympic program at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Paralympics. The tournament changed from a men's only to a mixed tournament for the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, allowing the teams to include female players. However, no women are yet to participate in the tournament.


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