Ice Sledge Hockey
Ice Sledge Hockey is the Paralympic equivalent of the Olympic standing game, for athletes with a lower limb impairment.
Britain’s Ice Sledge Hockey team did not qualify for the Paralympic Games in Vancouver or Sochi, but over the past four years the GB team has risen steadily up the world rankings.
At the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Championships (Pool B) in Nagano, Japan, the GB Sledge Hockey team displayed their progress and development by securing the bronze medal. This performance led them to compete at the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Qualification Tournament in Turin in October 2013. However, the team were unable to produce the podium result that would qualify them for Sochi and they are now re-focussing their efforts on qualification for Pyeongchang in 2018.
The Ice Sledge Hockey event at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver saw eight teams competing for gold. The USA and Canada set the pace in the preliminary round, both teams winning all three of their games and topping their respective groups with formidable goal differences. Japan qualified in second place behind the USA in Group A, whilst Norway joined Canada in progressing from Group B.
In a surprise semi-final result, however, the host nation was beaten by Japan, sending Japan through to the gold medal match against the USA. Canada went on to face Norway in the bronze medal match, which Norway won. Meanwhile in the gold medal match the USA, who went through the whole tournament without conceding a goal, beat Japan 2-0 to take the gold.
GB were last represented in Ice Sledge Hockey at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, when the team finished in 7th place.
- First year at a Paralympic Games:
- Lillehammer 1994
- Brief history:
- Ice Sledge Hockey first featured at the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Games and has quickly become one of the most popular attractions for spectators at the Winter Games
- Eligible impairment groups:
- All athletes who have an impairment of a permanent nature in the lower part of the body
- Vancouver medal table:
1 - USA
2 - Japan
3 - Norway
- Did you know:
- In 2009 it was determined that nations could allow female athletes to play
Many of the rules and regulations of the sport are the same as Ice Hockey; the main difference is in the technical equipment used.
Athletes use specially designed sledges fitted with one or two blades to propel themselves across the ice and have two playing sticks, which have a double function: they are used for pushing, much like a ski-pole in Cross-Country Skiing, and to control and shoot the puck.
The game is comprised of three periods, each 15 minutes in length. A total of 15 players make up a team with five outfield players and one netminder allowed on the ice at any one time.
Eligibility is based on athletes having an impairment of a permanent nature in the lower part of the body.