Sled hockey, also known as sledge hockey, is a form of ice hockey that is designed for players who have physical disabilities that limit their mobility. In sled hockey, players sit in sleds that are mounted on two ice skate blades and use two shortened hockey sticks with picks on the ends to propel themselves across the ice and handle the puck.
Sled hockey is played on a standard ice hockey rink, with the same goals, blue lines, red line, and face-off circles. The game is played with six players on each team, including a goaltender, and follows most of the same rules as regular ice hockey.
The major difference in sled hockey is the way the players move on the ice. Because they are sitting in sleds, they cannot use their legs to skate. Instead, they use their arms and the picks on the ends of their sticks to move themselves around the ice. This requires a great deal of upper body strength and control.
Sled hockey has become an increasingly popular sport around the world, with many countries fielding national teams and competing in international competitions such as the Paralympic Games. It provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in a challenging and exciting team sport and helps to promote physical activity, teamwork, and social integration.