All across Canada, people got active in sport as part of the RBC Sports Day in Canada event. Sledge hockey, the Paralympic version of Canada's national past time, was on display at the MTS Iceplex. After a practice with the youth, participants were invited to come onto the ice and try hockey at our level.
"It's a worldwide Paralympic Sport" said Gavin Rich to CTV News. "It's pretty much the same rules as regular hockey, just that you've got two sticks, instead of one stick"
Sledge hockey has seen rapid growth in Manitoba since its inception in 2007. Starting off with six athletes and grant ice out of the MTS Centre, participation has grown to over 70 athletes divided into three age and skill specific programs.
"To see the growth from day one, from where we were using really old equipment, to how vibrant our community is now; there is no comparison", said Samuel Unrau, Treasurer of the SHM Advisory Committee. "Most Canadians have a connection with the sport of hockey one way or another, and the sport of sledge hockey allows for another connection to a sport that is essential to the Canadian identity."
Sledge hockey programming is ongoing at the MTS Iceplex, 3969 Portage Avenue. To find out when a division is hitting the ice, visit the schedule tab above. We welcome all spectators and those who are interest in trying out our sport.
CTV Winnipeg News Story, November 21, 2015