Para ice hockey

Interested in Para Ice Hockey?


We currently have a large number of athletes participating in para ice hockey (sledge hockey) throughout the province. Our athletes compete at recreational, regional, national, and international competitions.

SportAbility is always looking for people to get involved with our programs. Join as an athletes, volunteer, or coach. Please see below for more information on programs, and get in touch with us if you’d like to learn more!

ProgramLevelPractice TimeContact DetailsProgram Description
SportAbilityDrop-InNorth Surrey Sport & Ice Complex (Rink 3)

Saturdays, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Jan 13 to Mar 30, 2024

Program dates:
Jan 13, 20, 27
Feb 10, 17, 24
Mar 2, 23, 30

A recreational drop in program for people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels to learn and practice skill development and systems.
SportAbilityDrop-InSurrey Sport and Leisure Centre (Rink 3)

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:15pm
Jan 3 to Mar 27, 2024

Program dates:
Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar 6, 13, 27

A recreational drop in program for people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels to learn and practice skill development and systems.
City of SurreyAll abilities and skills welcome. Ages 6+.
Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex *(Rink 1)

Sundays, 10:15-11:30am

Program dates:
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12

Course ID: 330609
Learn how to move on the ice in a sled and practice your hockey skills including passing, shooting, and game play. Para ice hockey equipment is provided. All abilities and skill levels welcome.
City of VancouverBeginner Age 6+ and New Athletes
Hillcrest Rink

Fridays 5:15 – 6:30pm

Winter season runs Jan 5 – Mar 29, 2024.
RegisterEveryone is welcome to participate - people with a physical disability and able-bodied people! This session is open to people who are new to para ice hockey or just want to improve their basic hockey skills.
City of VancouverIntermediate ScrimmageHillcrest Rink

Fridays 8:15 – 9:30pm

Winter season runs Jan 5 – Mar 29, 2024.
RegisterPara Ice hockey for Intermediate/Advanced who want to play in a casual game.

Everyone is welcome to participate - people with a physical disability and able-bodied people!
Victoria Wheelchair SportsAll Levels Age 7+Juan De Fuca Arena

Saturdays 4:00 – 4:50pm

Winter season runs Jan 6 – Mar 16, 2024.

Darcy Poitras
This drop-in program allows players with or without disabilities to participate in fun, skills based sledge hockey session. No prior sledge hockey experience required, and all necessary equipment is provided.
City of KelownaAll LevelsRutland Arena West Ice Rink
Kelowna, BC

Saturdays 11:30am – 12:30pm

Winter season runs Jan 6 – Mar 16, 2024.

Course #28356
During this ice time you are able to practice your skills with other para ice hockey enthusiasts. This ice time is for all levels and will only be for practicing. Sledges and sticks are provided for the program. Please bring a helmet and elbow pads if possible!
City of KamloopsAll Levels Age 14+McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre

Saturdays, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Winter season runs Jan 6 – Mar 9, 2024
RegisterThe newest sport in Kamloops - Sledge Hockey was created to allow players who can’t skate due to a disability the opportunity to play. Since then players of all abilities have discovered this sport.
City of QuesnelAll LevelsQuesnel West Fraser Centre, 330 Vaughan St, Quesnel, BC

For upcoming dates and times, please contact program lead.
Northern Adapted Sports AssociationAll LevelsKin 1 Arena, Prince George, BC

Sundays, 4:15-5:45pm

Oct 29
Nov 5, 26
Dec 3, 10, 24, 31
Jan 7, 14, 28
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
More info


What is Para Ice Hockey (Sledge Hockey)? 

Para Ice Hockey (formerly known as Sledge Hockey) is an adapted version of stand up ice hockey. Participation in BC is open to both people with physical disabilities and people who are able bodied. Instead of skates, players sit in specially designed sleds. Players move around on the ice using two sticks, which have a spike-end for pushing and a blade-end for shooting. Upper body strength, core stability, and finger dexterity are necessary for full, independent participation in the sport. Adaptations such as push bars, anti tippers, chest straps, and higher backs on the sledges are available for those who may need the extra support.  


Opportunities to Participate in Para Ice Hockey

Participation in BC is open to all ages, abilities, and skill levels. Weekly programs are offered throughout the province. SportAbility and our partners also offer camps, tournaments, and game nights throughout the season. This provides athletes with the chance to develop their skills outside of their weekly program sessions. View our calendar of events here. A BC Development Team and BC Provincial Team are selected each season for athletes seeking a competitive pathway. For more information on these high performance opportunities, please contact us or visit the BC Hockey website.

Can’t find a program near you? Let us know you’re interested in participating! Our goal is to provide access to sport for all British Columbians with physical disabilities.

Interested in bringing para ice hockey to students, clients, participants, children, or athletes? We offer opportunities for groups such as schools, clinics, and teams to try sports. We also offer community events! Check out our Community Engagement page here for more information. 

Learn more about becoming a coach, official, or volunteer!

Check out our Para Ice Hockey Coaching Resource! It’s a useful online tool for coaches and facilitators.  

Programs can provide equipment support for those who need it. This includes participants who are new to the sport, those facing financial barriers to participate, or those who participate recreationally. In need of equipment? Contact us to learn more about our equipment loan program.

Note that listed program ice times may vary.

Thank you to our Sledge Hockey Program Sponsors Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society!

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