Sled hockey champs are coming to town

CHARLOTTE – Mecklenburg County’s Therapeutic Recreation Section invites the public to watch the gold medal winning U.S. National Men’s Sled Hockey Team practice at the Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road in Indian Trail on Jan. 29.  The practice is at 4 p.m. followed by a “meet and greet” session at 5 p.m. The event is free to attend.

Sled hockey was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability the chance to play ice hockey. The game adapts hockey using a sled with skates mounted under the seat and two modified sticks. The sport incorporates the same rules that are used in regular hockey.

Sled hockey originated in Sweden in the early 1960s and is currently one of the most popular sports in the Paralympic Games.

The U.S. National Hockey Team won the gold medal in the 2010 Winter Paralympics, defeating Japan 2-0.

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