Ready for a fun sports quiz? Read the sentence below and identify the sport based on the lingo used.
Put the biscuit in the basket – not your bucket – with a lot of mustard and you’ll light the lamp!
You’re most likely to hear this sentence if you play:
If you guessed hockey, you’re right! If you didn’t, you’ll probably need this translation: Put the puck in the goal – not your helmet – give it your absolute all and you’ll score a goal!
Hockey isn’t for everybody but sled hockey is. This sport is literally for every body – whether you have a disability or not.4,5,6 In sled hockey everyone uses the same equipment, so it offers a unique social and team experience that isn’t found in many adaptive sports. Everyone is on the same playing level – literally and figuratively.
Part of the appeal of the sport is it’s a fast-paced, full contact sport, with the same 60-mile an hour slap shots and hard checking as stand up hockey.6 The rules of the game are the same but players use sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. Instead of one hockey stick, players have two and the sticks have metal pics on the ends to allow the players to propel themselves around the ice.5
The sport, which is called sledge hockey outside the U.S., originated in Stockholm, Sweden and has been gaining players and fans for over fifty years.4,5 Interest in the sport exploded during the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver when the U.S. Sled Hockey team won gold and the hearts of fans around the world. At the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Team USA goalie Steve Cash stole the show by not allowing a single goal in five games. USA took home gold again!4
You don’t have to go for gold – just go for fun and fitness! Playing sled hockey will help you increase your strength and coordination. When you play on a regular basis, you’ll quickly notice an increase in overall strength and balance both on and off the ice! Your arms, back and abdominal muscles will get a great workout providing the balance you need to move around the ice, stop, and turn.4
Here are some handy resources and a little hockey lingo to help you get out there and slap that biscuit right into the basket!
Hockey Lingo:1, 2, 3
- Basket: The goal
- Biscuit: Puck
- Bucket: Helmet
- Chicklets: Teeth
- Face Wash: Rubbing your gloves in the face of another player
- Hatty: A hat-trick. When a player scores three goals in a game fans throw their hats onto the ice. It’s called a Natural hatty when a player scores 3 goals in a row or 3 in the same period – which is a rare occurrence in the NHL.
- Light the Lamp: To score a goal. When the puck crosses the goal line, the goal judge activates a red light.
- Mustard: When a player puts all his effort into a shot – he musters up all of his effort.
- Sin Bin: The penalty box
- Sledge Hockey: The term used for the sport outside the U.S.
- “The Room”: A hockey team's dressing room. There is a saying among players: Nothing leaves the room. Everything said there stays between the team members.
- USA Hockey: http://www.usahockey.com/sledhockey
This organization, which is the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States, offers many resources to help you learn to play and find a team. Their mission is to promote and develop the sport so that more people have the opportunity to play. To accomplish this they offer grants to help with the initial costs of starting a new sled program. There is also a Sled Lending Program to help rinks and organizations offer introductory, “Learn to Play Sled Hockey” clinics by loaning them sticks and sleds.
- Disabled Sports USA: http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/sled-hockey/
Many Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) chapters across the United States offer sled hockey programs. Naturally, one of the largest programs is their chapter in New Hampshire called Northeast Passage, which attracts up to 200 participants each winter!
- Wheelchair Sports Federation: http://www.wheelchairsportsfederation.org/adaptive-sports/sled-hockey
This national non-profit offers opportunities for disabled kids and adults to play sled hockey, along with many other adaptive sports, for recreation or on a competitive level.
Find a Sled Hockey Program or Team:
Start a Sled Hockey Program
- Sled Grant Program http://www.usahockey.com/SledGrantProgram
- Sled Lending Program http://www.usahockey.com/SledLendingProgram
Videos to Help You Learn to Play and Build Your Skills:
- Sled Hockey Basics: USA Hockey offers this free video to anyone who would like to learn the game. It includes basic skills and drills, information about equipment and tips for off ice training. All you have to do to receive this video free of charge is request it by emailing DisabledHockey@USAHockey.org. You can see a short preview of it by clicking on this link: http://www.usahockey.com/sledbasicsvideo
- Sled Hockey Shooting and Passing: This instructional video will help you work on your shooting and passing skills. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEe-4yBPZKE&spfreload=10
Inspiration From Players, For Players:
- Ice Warriors: This 2014 PBS program was filmed as the U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team trained for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Russia. It is available for viewing online at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365185438 (US Only).
- Equal Ice: A Sledge Hockey Story: This documentary about sledge hockey players in Eastern Ontario Canada contains great insights, information about equipment and how the game is played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGFyVPy-psM&spfreload=10
- Boston Blades Paralympic Hockey: By the end of this video you will be ready to suit up! It features players on the Boston Blades team, talking about their love of the game and how it’s played. It’s inspirational, impressive and exciting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeiC-0M6Er4&spfreload=10
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