Rink Management Services To Introduce Sled Hockey to the Wichita Ice Center
Wichita, KS, DATE, 2100 - Sled ("sledge") hockey, the growing new sport for the disabled, will be introduced to the Wichita Ice Center in April by managers Rink Management Services, it was announced today.
Sled (or "sledge" hockey) originated in Sweden when two men who had lost the use of their legs designed a special sled that would allow them to continue to play hockey. The original sled had two skate blades on a metal frame that allowed the puck to pass underneath and two round poles with bike handles for sticks. Although there are many restrictions to the measurements and weight of the sledges used in the Paralympic Games, little has changed from the original design to the sleds that exist today.
Carl Sasyn, Rink Management Services Regional Manager, said his company has been considering sled hockey at the WIC for a while, and has been working directly with USA Hockey to make it happen.
Last Updated on 23 February 2011