Hockey Retailer Serves as Resource for Physically Disabled Players
Total Hockey now Carrier of Sled Hockey Sticks
Total Hockey announced that it recently began carrying sled hockey equipment in its retail store locations as well as online at www.totalhockey.com. This equipment is designed specifically for sled hockey use. Currently, Total Hockey carries Easton one piece composite hockey sticks and replacement blades. Both are available in left and right hand. A few additions to the sled hockey selection will be implemented in the upcoming months.
Sled hockey is a form of hockey that enables the physically disabled to play the sport. The rules are typically the same as ice hockey, with the exception of some equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that rest on top of two hockey skate blades. Each player uses two shortened hockey sticks, which feature a blade on one end and a metal pick on the other, allowing players to propel the sleds on the ice. Goalies wear basically the same equipment, but modify the glove by sewing metal picks on the backside, which provides increased maneuverability.
Sled hockey was invented at a Stockholm, Sweden rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical disability, wanted to continue playing hockey. This form of hockey provides the opportunity to play to a variety of people who are affected by multitudes of disabilities. Skill levels range from the recreational local level all the way to the USA Hockey National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics.
The sled hockey endeavor is among many initiatives involved in Total Hockey’s Grow the Game campaign. Future plans include raising awareness of the game and involvement worldwide, providing equipment starter kits to children involved in learn-to-play programs and increasing overall interest in the great game of hockey among America’s youth.