With just a week to go before the Peterborough DALROD Phantoms hit the ice for their opening Pre-Season game, the cities Sledge Hockey team play their final League game of the season this Saturday, and it promises to be a special night.
The Bretton based club won the League Championship in 2013, and currently sit atop the BSHA League, knowing a win or draw on Saturday will secure the title for the second consecutive season.
Despite being a relatively new sport in the UK, Sledge Hockey is growing in popularity, partially due to the coverage the sport received from Channel 4 during the Sochi Paralympics earlier this year. A number of the Peterborough players are GB Internationals and have represented their country at the Paralympic Games.
Sledge Hockey is one of the few all Inclusive sport, as both able bodied and disabled players play on the same team. The sport follows the same rules as Ice Hockey, with the only different being the players sit in adapted sledges. It maintains the speed, skill and hard hitting intensity of Ice Hockey.
This season, the British League moved away from each team holding 1 tournament with multiple game son the same day, to a more fan friendly Home and Away series of games. This change allows more spectators to witness the game first hand.
Saturday’s opponents for the Phantoms are the Manchester Phoenix. The Phoenix are the only team to have beaten the Phantoms so far this season, after an emphatic 7-2 victory in Manchester. Whilst Phantoms know a win will give them the League Title, the Phoenix are looking for a victory to secure the Runners-Up slot, ahead of the Kingston Kestrels.
Face-Off on Saturday, at the Planet Ice Arena in North Bretton, is at 4.15 and admission to the game is FREE of charge for all spectators.