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Disabled Hockey

Try Sled Hockey for Free Saturday, Dec 3 at Lakeview Arena in Marquette!

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, join the SAIL Disability Network of the UP and try the adaptive sport of Sled Hockey at Lakeview Arena!  

Sled (sledge as it's referred to outside the United States) hockey was invented at a Stockholm, Sweden, rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical disability, wanted to continue playing hockey.

Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception some of the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove.  Metal picks are sewn into the backside to allow the goalie to maneuver.  

A few rinks around the country are sled accessible.  Sled accessible rinks allow players to remain in their sleds and skate off the ice into the bench area.  This requires that the bench area is flush with the ice and there is clear plexiglass replacing the white boards.  

Sled hockey provides opportunity for many types of disabilities and there are opportunities available in local areas for recreation/competition all the way to the National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics. Sled hockey is rapidly growing in the US and players are "hooked" once they touch the ice the first time.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Allen Beauchamp at or at 906-360-3019.


MAHA Names Disabled Sports Directors

The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) is pleased to announce their new Directors of Disabled Hockey, Marie Sly and Louis Lombardo.

Marie Sly is the Executive Director of the West Michigan Special Hockey Association (WMSHA) as well as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for WMSHA.  In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for Autism Support of Kent County.  In her time with WMSHA, she has helped to grow the association from 15 athletes to nearly 60. In addition to the day-to-day operations of WMSHA, Marie handles all registration and social media, as well as serving as an on-ice coach.  In summer 2016, Marie partnered with Evan Rankin of the Toledo Walleye and Professional Hockey Academy to host the first ever Michigan Special Hockey Fantasy Camp.  With support from the Detroit Red Wings, they gave over 25 special needs athletes a chance to play alongside of their heroes and get direction from Red Wings Head Coach, Jeff Blashill.

Marie has also been appointed the Michigan representative for USA Hockey’s Disabled Section and will represent Michigan and MAHA at all USA Hockey meeting.

Louis Lombardo brings 15 years of management experience in the ice industry.  As a General Manager and Regional Manager for Rink Management Services, he has successfully supervised a number of indoor ice arenas and outdoor seasonal ice rinks.  His professional experience includes coaching both recreational and competitive figure skating, as well as ice hockey.  

Lou has a passion for working with disabled sports programs and especially the participants.  He is proud of his work with the Special Olympics, Wounded Warrior Project, and with Veterans Affairs Hospitals to bring the specialty of disabled skating and hockey to various ice rinks in the U.S.  Lou is excited to serve in this role and to assist in the growth of Disabled Hockey Programs here in the state of Michigan.

For more information on disabled hockey, which includes Special, Sled, Blind, Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Warrior/Standing Amputee, in the state of Michigan, please contact Marie or Lou.

Marie Sly                                                         Louis Lombardo iii
616-826-5041                                                 804-986-4561                  

MAHA Disabled Sports Contacts

For more information about Disabled Hockey, please contact either of the two Directors below:

Marie A. Sly


Louis Lombardo