Disabled Hockey

 

Challenge Alaska - Disabled Hockey Association and Member of Alaska State Hockey Association. Read more about disabled hockey in Alaska below. 

Alaska Avalanche Speical Hockey Logo

Special Hockey 

 

 

Alaska Avalanche Sled Hockey Logo

Sled Hockey 

 

 

 

Warrior Hockey Logo

Warrior Hockey 

                                                    

 

Special hockey programs have been established over 30 cities in the United States, including Anchorage. The goal of special hockey is to give people with physical and developmental disabilities the chance to play the sport of ice hockey in an environment which is adapted to their level of ability.

 

The athletes play upright and in most cases penalties such as offsides and icing are not part of game play. Special Hockey emphasizes fun through teamwork, social interaction, and improving the quality of life through on and off ice activities.  

 

Special hockey serves a wide range of disabilities and there is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the sport. The Alaska Avalanche Special Hockey Team provides a high ratio of coach to athlete instruction to assist players in developing their individual hockey skills. This has proven successful in helping each player to achieve their goals and participate in the great sport of hockey in a fun, positive atmosphere. 

 

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Sled (sledge as it's referred to outside the United States) 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.

Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with a few differences. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves.   

The Alaska Avalanche Sled Hockey Team trains during the winter months and travels to compete in the National Disabled Hockey Festival in April. In 2016 the Avs took 1st place in the American Sled C Division. The team is training to move up to the B Division and face greater challenges at a higher level of play. 

Sled hockey is also played recreationally / competitively all the way to the National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics as part of Team USA. Sled hockey is rapidly growing in the US and players are frequently "hooked" once they touch the ice the first time.

 

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USA Hockey's Warrior Hockey Discipline is dedicated to injured and disabled US Military Veterans who have served our country and play the sport of ice hockey. As one of the Disabled Hockey Section's newest disciplines, the Warrior Hockey Discipline is growing across the country. While some of the participants played hockey prior to being injured, many try it for the first time for therapeutic reasons.  

 

To be eligible to compete in the Warrior Hockey Discipline, participants must be or have been Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard), with former Members required to have been discharged under honorable or general conditions.  For full eligibility rules, click here to download.

 

Alaska is in the process of recruiting veterans to form a Warrior Hockey Team.

 

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