Sledge hockey

Canada vs USA | Semi-final Ice Sledge Hockey | Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games

Hot favourites Canada took on the Gold medal holders USA in this semi - final.

Declan Farmer grabbed 2 goals - his second is surely a contender for goal of the tournament - and the USA went on to win 3 - 0.

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An inside look at the world of sled hockey

FOX Sports Florida's Frank Forte looks at how sled hockey offers athletes with disabilities an opportunity to embrace their competitive nature.

Gold-medal full game| Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

Josh Sweeney's second period goal was the difference maker on Saturday (15 March), as the USA repeated as Paralympic champions in ice sledge hockey after a 1-0 gold medal victory over Russia at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

With the win, the USA become the first-ever nation to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals.

We have worked hard all year and this is a great group of guys. We're pretty excited and so we should be, USA captain Andy Yohe said.

After a fast-paced first period that saw lots of great chances at both ends of the ice, the teams were scoreless after 15 minutes.

The fast-paced game would continue in the second period with the USA dominating the flow of play. Finally, almost 10 minutes into the period, Sweeney, playing in his first Paralympic Winter Games, would steal the puck from Russia's Aleksei Lysov at the hashmarks and beat goaltender Vladimir Kamantcev.

That would be all the offence the USA needed to repeat their success from Vancouver 2010 and win their third gold medal in four Games.

With one goal, Sweeney turned from a war hero to a Paralympic hero. In 2009, Sweeny stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan as a member of the US Marine Corps, losing both of his legs.

In 2014, he led a Paralympic gold-medal winning team as an assistant captain.

I saw the defender, and he had the puck and I just went after him and I got the puck from him and took it down and did a little fake because that's what you want to do when you're going up against a goalie that good and just put it in the net, Sweeney said of his goal.

It wasn't anything that any of my other teammates couldn't have done, I just did it.

For Russia, the loss came after a rise in the sport over the last five years when the team first began training for their Paralympic debut. Since then, they have become the second best team in the world.

I'm not disappointed at all, Kamantcev said. We played well. It's a dignified finish for Russia and for ourselves. We showed a good game, a battle, intellect, will and character.

USA goaltender Steve Cash was brilliant when needed once again in net for his team, making six saves for the shutout, his second straight and third in the tournament.

Cash finished Sochi 2014 as the top goaltender, with a 4-1 record 0.41 goals against average and 95.56 save percentage.

His counterpart in the game, Kamantcev finished the tournament as Russia's No. 1 goaltender and was a standout performer in net. In the gold medal game he made three saves on four shots but finished the tournament behind Cash with a 95.24 save percentage.

BRUTAL ice sledge hockey hits | Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics

Ice sledge Hockey is one of the hardest, meanest, toughest sports on the planet. Just take a look at some of these breathtaking collisions, tackles and, yes, fights, from the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games.

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USA v Canada | Final | 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool, Buffalo

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Gatorade – Sledge Hockey

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I PLAYED SLEDGE HOCKEY WITH TEAM CANADA!

Support Canada at the Paralympics in Korea on March 8-18th!!!!

GO CANADA GO!

Big thanks to Adam Dixon for inviting me out and for being patient with me as I learned this new sport...it was SO FUN and I will definitely be doing it again! I have tremendous respect for the amount of skill and strength of these individuals. It truly does look easier on video than it is in real life.

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SLEDGE HOCKEY | HOW TO TURN

This is the beginning of a series of videos where I focus primarily on the fundamental basics of getting into the sport. Many of you may already be above these drills, but I wanted to get some content out there for people who know nothing about the sport.

The first video here is talking about turning with different blade widths. It’s very hard to learn how to turn and get onto your edge of your blades with 5” wide blades. Even on 3” it can be hard.

Here are a couple techniques and areas you can focus on:

- Find your proper set up. Adjust your sled for the proper length, and adjust your blade position so your sled is balanced properly with the front end hovering above the ice. You don’t want it to be dragging when you skate.
- Think about your hand placement on your sticks. If using your stick as a pivot point, you’re holding further to the top. If you’re dragging your sticks to turn helps, keep your hands low.
- Keep picking with your outside hand when turning. This will help you turn and keep your momentum up.
- Find the “happy medium” in your blade width. Where is it too wide that you can’t turn? How narrow can you go before you lose your balance and control of your sled?

Any feedback or ideas for future videos, please leave in the comments below!

Canada v Norway highlights and ceremony - International Ice Sledge Hockey Tournament

This match took place on 1 September 2013
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What is ice sledge hockey at the Paralympic Winter Games?

Since its debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games, the Paralympic version of ice hockey has quickly become one of the largest attractions for spectators. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by male athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body. The sport is governed by the IPC with coordination by the IPC Ice Hockey Technical Committee.

It follows the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with modifications. 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.

Competition Description

As in ice hockey, each team attempts to outscore its opponent by shooting the puck across the ice and into the opposing team's goal while preventing the opposing team from scoring. Six players (including the goalkeeper) from each team are on the ice at one time.

Double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass underneath replace skates, and the players use sticks with a spike-end and a blade-end. Therefore, with a quick flip of the wrist, the players are able to propel themselves using the spikes and then play the puck using the blade-end of the sticks. A player may use two sticks with blades in order to facilitate stick handling and ambidextrous shooting. Ice sledge hockey games consist of three 15-minute periods.

Sport Equipment

Protective Gear: Because of the physical nature of the game, all players are required to wear a helmet with a full cage or mask as well as a protective collar or bib. Players are also encouraged to wear protective padding, including shoulder pads, shin guards, elbow pads and large padded gloves. In addition, the goalkeeper wears leg pads, body pads, a helmet with a visor and a catcher glove to protect the athlete from pucks flying up to 100 km/h.

Puck: Made of vulcanized rubber or other approved material, the puck is 2.54cm thick, with a diameter of 7.62cm and weighs 156 to 170 grams.

Sledge: Made of aluminium or steel, sledges are 0.6m to 1.2m in length with a curved front end and one or two different seating systems. The sledge is set on two blades, which are usually made of tempered steel and are each 3mm thick. The puck must be able to pass underneath the sledge. The height of the main frame must be between 8.5cm to 9.5cm above the ice, and the length of the blade may not be more than one-third of the total length of the sledge. The sledge may be equipped with a backrest, but it must not protrude laterally beyond the armpits when the player is properly seated. Straps secure a player's feet, ankles, knees and hips to the sledge.

Stick: In ice sledge hockey, players use two sticks with a hooked wooden blade at one end (for puck handling and ambidextrous shooting) and a pick at the other end. Each stick has a maximum length of 1m and is made of wood, plastic or aluminium/titanium. The blade has a maximum length of 25cm, except for the goaltender's blade, which has a maximum length of 35cm. The pick end of the stick must not damage the ice surface or inadvertently puncture or slash other players, so the following rules apply:

No part of the pick or teeth may come to a sharp point.
The pick must not extend more than 1cm anywhere beyond the stick.
The pick must have at least six teeth, each with a maximum length of 4mm.
The goaltender may have an additional pick at the base end of his stick. The goaltender may also use an additional stick with a blade or a trapper glove with teeth.

Norway v Japan | Prelim | 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool, Buffalo

Due to rights restrictions, the live stream is not available in some countries. To watch the stream in these territories, follow the links below:
Canada:
Germany: or
USA:
Japan:
Russia:

For more information on the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool in Buffalo, New York, please visit

Results will be available here:

Like us: and follow us:

Buffalo, New York, USA, will host the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool, from 26 April - 3 May.

Gatorade – Sledge Hockey – NHL Players’ POV

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Sled Hockey Shooting and Passing

Coaching Points :

- The longer that the puck is in contact with the stick the more accurate your shot will be. You can start even further behind you than is done in the video. And follow through with the puck in contact with the stick until your arm and stick are fully extended in front of you. You must flex your wrist to keep the puck properly aligned on your stick.

- Use as many muscles as you can. Use your core, drive your shoulder forward, use your shoulder, elbow and wrist joints extension to drive the puck. This increases accuracy and power.

- Your wrist bends the stick OVER the puck on final extension. And yes you can lift the puck while doing this. It is the most accurate way to shoot the puck.

- Do NOT allow yourself to get in the habit of scooping the puck onto your stick and flicking or throwing it toward the net.

- Head up and look at the target.

- This proper shooting motion is also essential to support proper passing (where the puck smoothly and firmly glides along the ice to the stick of the pass receiver). A saucer pass (where the puck rises off the ice and goes over the stick of an opponent) onto the stick of the receiving player is also done with this identical shooting/passing motion.

- Shoot (and pass) with both hands.

- Practice, practice, practice.

USA vs Russia highlights | Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

The Game finished USA 1 - 2 RUS To see the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games schedule, results, medals table and details of where to watch on TV, please visit For details on Paralympic classification, please visit:

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SLEDGE HOCKEY | SLED SETUP

So, I did the best I could with having a Rev Force 1 sled on hand. There are many other models of sleds available at to help you, and depending on your disability there’s a lot to consider in sled setup. But with these two sleds as an example, here are the main things you should focus on when trying to dial in your sled.

1. Proper length (Knees should generally be bent around 30 degrees (or 150 depending on how you look at it)
2. Proper height (So your knuckles just scrape above the ice surface)
3. Blade positioning, front to back (Finding the balance point of your sled so your nose is off the ice)
4. Bucket angle (Depending on your disability and what’s comfortable for you)

I touch on stick length as well which is really important. Most players have sticks that are too long vs sticks that are too short.

Sticks that are too long means:
1. You’re ending your stride early and/or you’ll be choking up on your sticks a lot (Hands not at the top of the blades)
2. Proper length (Knees should generally be bent around 30 degrees (or 150 depending on how you look at it)
3. You’ll have to put more effort into your shot because of the long leverage point

Sticks that are too short means:
1. You end your stride too soon, not achieving a full stride and making you pick a lot more
2. You’ll have great acceleration but lack a better top speed
3. You’ll probably raise the puck easier and have a harder shot, but lack an overall ability to be more creative and pick corners, shoot from distances farther away, etc… plus it will affect your reach in battling in corners, stick handling, and how much more you can do with passing.

As things progress I’d love to do at least a few more of these videos on sled setup because there’s a lot of players out there that need help with this. If you have a specific question about your setup please leave me a comment and include a photo of you in your sled so I can see what you look like. I’ll do my best to help as many people as I can.

Hope you enjoy!

SICK SLEDGE HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Team Canada competing in the 4 Nations Tournament in Sochi, Russia in 2013.

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Czech Republic v Italy | 5th place full game| Ice sledge hockey | Sochi 2014

The Czech Republic are leaving the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in fifth place after a 3-0 victory over Italy in ice sledge hockey classification action on Friday night (14 March) at Shayba Arena.

After two scoreless periods, the Czech Republic finally got on the board just 1:34 into the third period with Zdenek Safranek's first goal of the tournament.

The score would remain that way until under two minutes left in the third period when Michal Geier would add an insurance goal past Gabriele Araudo and put the Czech's up 2-0. Geier would add an empty-net goal for his second of the game and seal their third victory at Sochi 2014.

You know this fifth place is very valuable for our team, Czech Republic head coach Jiri Briza said. We know in Vancouver there were two teams, two top teams, USA and Canada. Now you have three teams, the Russia. So being fifth with the same guys in Vancouver, four years older when other teams have new guys on their team, it's a great result for our team and I'm very thankful to our players.

For Italy, it was their highest finish ever at a Paralympic Winter Games.

Well, we have tried to get better than Vancouver, we have tried to get fifth place was important for us, defenceman Gianluigi Rosa said. We've got some problems to score and that's the problem with the game but we played well as a team and that's why we are happy. And our guys, our young guys get some more experience at the international level and that's the biggest thing of this match.

South Korea won their second game of Sochi 2014 and claimed seventh place overall with a 2-0 win over Sweden earlier on Day 7.

Throughout the entire game, South Korea dominated, outshooting Sweden 28-6 including not allowing a shot on goal in the second period.

Dong-Shin Jang got the scoring started for South Korea just after the 10-minute mark when he scored on the power play to give them a 1-0 lead.

The score would remain that way until the 3:16 mark of the second period when Seung-Hwan Jung would score his second goal of the Paralympics off a beautiful shot that went high on Sweden's Ulf Nilsson.

The next time that South Korea hit the ice in Paralympic sledge hockey action, it will be on home soil at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Four years can change a lot and South Korea hope to continue to improve before they host the big event.

We have some quite good young players, one in particular who is 15 years old, head coach Ik-Hwan Kim said. We can still find more people. We just need to train hard and use this experience to be one of the leading teams in the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.

Although Sweden were held winless in the tournament, they were still remaining positive after the game.

I'm very happy with the guys, they have all done an honourable effort down here, head coach Jorgen Lundgren said. Apart from in the first game against Canada (a 10-1 defeat), all teams have had to work hard to beat us, so I'm totally satisfied.

SICK SLEDGE HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Team Canada playing in the 4 Nations Tournament in Sochi Russia in August 2013. This is a view of what the Olympic venue was like just six months before completion of the venue, and a little behind the scenes of the team.

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