The Islanders Sledge Hockey Team was formed in 1986 and operates as a non-profit organization, in Markham, Ontario (just north of Toronto). The organization is comprised of junior players and an intermediate team (ages 16+) that competes in the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association (OSHA).
All proceeds from sales will go back into our program - allowing us to update and repair equipment, purchase new jerseys, and participate in tournaments.
About the sport:
Sledge hockey (which is called "Para Ice Hockey", at the international level) is an exciting sport for people of all ages and levels of physical ability, and is one of the most popular sports at the Paralympic Games. It follows the same rules as traditional “stand-up” ice hockey and uses the same equipment, except players sit on a sledge (which is a narrow aluminum frame with skate blades attached to the bottom of a seat) and they propel themselves along the ice using two specially-constructed hockey sticks with metal picks on the end. The sledge can be adapted to meet the needs of each player, which makes it arguably one of the most inclusive team sports there is - putting able-bodied players and players with disabilities on an equal level.