January 28, 2024 all-day

Westfield, MA, January 28th 2024, With The Center for Human Development (CHD) All In program and the Springfield Thunderbirds Sled Hockey team. Join the Springfield Thunderbirds sled hockey team at their home rink in Springfield, Massachusetts for a “sticks in” style scrimmage.
* For competive players ages 14 through adult.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=703096471861737&set=a.297023719135683  or contact Jlevine@CHD.org

CHDs All In program/Springfield Thunderbirds Sled Hockey program has three teams:

  • Springfield Thunderbirds Junior for ages 4 – 16
  • Recreational Team for ages 16+
  • Competitive Travel teams for ages 16 + (tryout required)

* Sled hockey is an ice sport that allows individuals with physical disabilities to enjoy the great sport of hockey.
* It is very similar to “stand-up hockey” in terms of concept and rules.
* The main difference is that instead of standing up to skate, participants sit on their skates using an adaptive device known as a sled, which is affixed with two skate blades and a runner in the front to form a tripod.
* The other main difference is that in sled hockey, participants use two shortened hockey sticks with a blade on one end and a pick (similar to the end of a figure skate) on the other end, which enables them to propel themselves across the ice much like in cross country skiing.
* Hard checking, elevated puck shooting, and 60-mile an hour slap shots are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in “stand-up” hockey.
 * Anyone with a disability that would prevent them from participating in “stand-up hockey” is a candidate for sled hockey. It is a sport that allows players with mobility limitations & lower limb mobility impairments to play, and requires great upper-body strength, balance, and the ability to handle the puck.
*Able-bodied individuals can play on a team.
For more information or to register contact Jessica Levine at Jlevine@chd.org.

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