Para Ice Hockey
Para ice hockey is the Paralympic version of ice hockey. It is fast-paced, highly physical game played by athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body. Para ice hockey is an extremely exciting game for players and spectators and is currently played in 15 countries. To date, Canada, Norway, the USA, and Sweden have dominated international competitions, although strength is growing among other national teams.
Since its debut on the Paralympic program at the 1994 Lillehammer Paralympic Winter Games, para ice hockey has continued to grow in popularity, becoming one of the biggest attractions for spectators at the Paralympic Winter Games.
Para ice hockey has essentially the same rules as ice hockey. They were drafted from Canadian rules, with the main modifications involving the athletes’ abilities and equipment. While usually played by all male teams, the IPC approved an entry provision to allow qualified teams for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games to enter female athletes onto their roster.
All players are required to have standardized para ice hockey equipment as per the guidelines set by the IHEC (Ice Hockey Executive Committee). Instead of wearing skates, each player sits strapped to a two-blade sledge that is raised high enough to allow the puck to pass beneath. Players also use two 75cm long hockey sticks, with spikes on one end and blades on the other. The spike is used to propel the sledge across the ice while the slightly curved blade is used to handle the puck. The goaltender may have an additional pick at the base end of his stick and may use an additional stick with a blade or a trapper glove with teeth.
Similar to ice hockey, each team has six players on the ice, including the goaltender. Teams are comprised of a maximum 15 players per team, including two goaltenders. Games consist of three 15-minute stop-time periods. Each team attempts to outscore its opponent by shooting the puck (a hard rubber disc) across the ice and into the opposing team’s goal while preventing the opposing team from scoring.
See Saskatchewan Para Ice Hockey Rules Supplement – here
See rules and regulations on the International Paralympic Committee Website.
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