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!
PARA ICE HOCKEY PROGRAMS (CLICK TO VIEW)
|Program||Level||Practice Time||Contact Details||Program Description|
|SportAbility||Drop-In||Sept 25 - Dec 18|
Jan 5 - Mar 16
North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex (Rink 3)
Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex (Rink 3)
No practice: Oct 9, Mar 12
|$5 per session + $25 SportAbility annual membership||A recreational drop in program for people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels to learn and practice skill development and systems.|
|City of Surrey||Beginner |
|Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex (Rink 1)|
Saturdays, Oct 23 - Dec 11
Event ID: 109351
|Learn how to move your sled, shoot the puck, and play fun games with an enthusiastic instructor. Sledge hockey is a great program and a Canadian national pastime. All abilities and ages are welcome and necessary sledge hockey equipment can be provided.|
|City of Vancouver||Beginner Age 8+ and New Athletes |
Fridays, Sep 10 to Dec 17, 2021
5:15pm to 6:30pm
Ages 8+: $6.20/session
|Everyone 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 Vancouver||Intermediate/Advanced |
Fridays, Sep 10 to Dec 17, 2021
6:30pm to 7:45pm
Ages 19+: $6.10/session
|Drop in scrimmage is for anyone wanting to try Sledge Hockey and/or gain an upper body and core workout.|
|City of Vancouver||Stick and Puck |
(Drop-In, No Instruction)
Mondays, Sep 6 to Dec 13, 2021
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Cost: $19.00/10 session or $1.90/drop in + tax
|Must be 19 years and older, helmets, elbow pads, full face shields and gloves required. Practice only, no scrimmage.|
|Victoria Wheelchair Sports||All Levels Age 7+||JDF ARENA at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre|
Saturdays, Oct 2 to Dec 4, 2021
4:00pm to 5:00pm
|A recreational drop in program for people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels to learn and practice the fundamentals of Para Ice Hockey.|
|City of Kelowna||All Levels||Rutland Arena, West Ice Rink|
Open Ice (10+):
Sat, Oct 16 to Dec 18, 2021
Course ID: 21926
|Come out and learn the basics of this fast-paced sport. The beginner program for kids is designed for any ability level.|
|City of Kamloops||All Levels||McArthur Island Sport Centre – Olympic Ice|
Saturdays, Nov 13 to Dec 18, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
|Register||A recreational registered program for people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels to learn and practice the fundamentals of Para Ice Hockey.|
|City of Quesnel||All Levels||Quesnel West Fraser Centre, 330 Vaughan St, Quesnel, BC|
Fridays/Saturdays, Oct 16 - Nov 27
Session times vary
|City of Prince George||All Levels||Kin 1 Arena 2187 Ospika Blvd S, Prince George, BC|
Sundays, Oct 31-Dec 5
4:15 - 5:45pm
|More info||A recreational registered program for people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels to learn and practice the fundamentals of Para Ice Hockey.|
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.
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!
get in touch
Thank you for your interest. Feel free to call us or use the form below to reach us by email. We look forward to speaking with you.