Sled hockey is a sit-down version of ice hockey for players whose disability prevents them from playing stand-up hockey. The difference is equipment. Sled hockey players use sleds that are usually made of light-gauge aluminum, consisting of a customized bucket to sit in. A frame supports the bucket, legs and feet, and is mounted on two skate blades attached under the bucket. Straps keep the player secure in the sled. Instead of one hockey stick, players use two for propulsion, passing and shooting.
WASA is one of 10 organizations across the country that has received a $25,000 grant through USA Hockey and Labatt’s Pass It Forward initiative to develop a sled hockey program. The grant will be used to start the WASA Lightning sled hockey team. Through this generous opportunity and support we will be able to purchase equipment, ice time and prepare for an up coming season! We have four learn to skate dates for prospective athletes or anyone wanting to give sled hockey a try.
ABOUT THE LABATT PASS IT FORWARD INITIATIVE
Labatt USA's "Pass It Forward" initiative was created to help in providing access to hockey for everyone. Through the initiative, Labatt Blue is bringing partners together and increasing awareness to sled hockey through national advertising, commercials, promotions, social media and limited edition packs of Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light sled hockey cans. Highlighting Labatt Blue's sled hockey awareness initiative is its partnership with national sportscaster, John Buccigross, who is serving as a key ambassador. More information can be found at: www.LabattUS.com/sledhockey