WHO CAN PLAY?
The Thunders’ program is for both youth and adults, males and females who have a physical disability limiting one’s ability to play ice hockey in a standing position. Most sled players are able to propel their manual wheelchair and sit upright with minimal to no external support. If you are not sure whether you, your spouse or child can sit in a sled to participate, contact us and we will give it a try. The Thunders’ volunteers work diligently with all individuals to try to meet their unique seating and positioning needs through modifications.
If a player is unable to propel their sled, a pusher bar is placed on the back of the sled and a ‘pusher’ is assigned to that player. A pusher is an able-bodied skater with hockey knowledge. If a player has trouble with balancing their sled or cannot get up after falling to one side, there are some options we can explore.
WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW HOW TO PLAY?
All skill levels are welcome. Coaches teach according to individual abilities. New players will be taught the basics of ice hockey, how to put on their equipment and gear, get into the sled and onto the ice.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Players are required to wear a helmet with face cage, hockey gloves, shoulder/elbow pads, shin pads and elbow pads. Shoes should be closed-toe. Knit winter gloves can be used under the hockey gloves. Loaner gear is provided.
IS THERE A FEE TO PLAY?
There is no fee for the first season. For second and subsequent seasons, there is a fee of about $55 to register with USA Hockey. At this time, there is no additional fee; this is subject to change.
WHY SHOULD I TRY SLED HOCKEY?
Sled hockey is an awesome sport! Once you try it, you’ll be HOOKED! It is great exercise, requires a team effort, and offers social and networking opportunities. Players have opportunities to compete against other players in scrimmages.