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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Division: Cruisers Juniors
Division: Cruisers Red
Dawgs Cruisers Silver Streaks
Division: Cruisers All Blacks
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:
ICELAND ARENA 705 Matheson Boulevard East Mississauga, ON L4Z 3X9 905-615-4680