Sledge Hockey

Sledge Hockey is for athletes age eight and over with a physical  disability.  Players are assigned to a co-ed team based upon age and skill level.  The sport incorporates the same rules, discipline and structure as stand-up hockey.  Teams practice, play competitive league games and playoffs against other regions and also participate in tournaments.  

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KEN HALL
- Director of Sledge Hockey -
sledgehockey@cruisers-sports.com

What is Sledge Hockey?

Sledge hockey is a sport that was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play the game of ice hockey.  It was invented in the early 1960s in Stockholm, Sweden at a rehabilitation centre.  It is currently one of the most popular sports in the Paralympic Games.

Players sit on lightweight sledges that have two modified skate blades attached to the underside of the sledge. Each player uses two specially designed hockey sticks to push themselves across the ice.  Essentially all of the regular ice hockey rules in able-bodied ice hockey leagues apply to ice sledge hockey. The differences are those necessitated by the ice sledge and the athlete.  The only rule unique to sledge hockey is tee-boning an opponent using any part of the front radius of the sled. 

Games

The Ontario Sledge Hockey Association (OSHA) divides all clubs in to regions.  Established teams from that region compete in regularly scheduled league games and cross over during playoffs.   The Cruisers play all of their home games at either Iceland Arena in Mississauga or at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville.

Away games typically involve one to three hours of travel, however there are some exceptions. Games may take place in cities such as Hamilton, St. Catharines, Buffalo, Kitchener, London, Essex-Kent, Peterborough, Elmvale and Ottawa.

Tournaments

Cruisers Sledge Hockey teams participate in our host tournament - The Cruisers Cup, held annually in Brampton, Ontario and also in the London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Tournament in London, Ontario.  There is also a bi-annual provincial tournament that has teams representing different regions in the province.  Players try out and are selected based on abilities and compete for the provincial title.

Length of season

Sledge Hockey is played from October thru to April.

equipment

All players are required to wear standard hockey equipment, including, helmet, neck guard, shoulder and elbow pads, as well as shin pads and hockey gloves.  Mouth guards are highly encouraged as players get older. The Cruisers provide a sledge, sticks and jersey while the athlete must provide their own personal hockey equipment.

Divisions and teams

Development Division:  
Cruisers Juniors

Intermediate Division:  
Cruisers Red Dawgs                  
Cruisers Silver Streaks   
            
Elite Division:  
Cruisers All Blacks

PRACTICES

The Sledge Hockey seasons runs from October thru to April.  Weekly sledge hockey practices are held on Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and/or Wednesday evening.  Teams rotate times and locations and practices are conducted at the following locations:

SATURDAY

ICELAND ARENA
705 Matheson Boulevard East
Mississauga, ON
L4Z 3X9
905-615-4680  

SUNDAY

SIXTEEN MILE SPORTS COMPLEX
3070 Neyagawa Blvd
Oakville, ON
L6M 4K6
905-815-6177

WEDNESDAY

EARNSCLIFFE RECREATION CENTRE
44 Eastbourne Drive
Brampton, ON
L6T 3M2
905-792-2224