With just three weeks to go before the DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms start their new season, their affiliated Sledge Hockey team are coming to the end another successful league campaign of their own.
The Phantoms Sledge Hockey Team go into their final game of the season, this Saturday, in top spot and require just a win or a draw to claim their fourth successive League Title.
Saturdays opponents are the Cardiff Huskies, who know that a win for them would send the League title to South Wales for the first time.
Ice Sledge Hockey (often referred to as Sledge Hockey) is a variant of ice hockey and can be played on and off ice, using sledges to allow participants to move about the rink at high speeds hitting a puck travelling at speeds of up to 100kph. Players sit in adapted sledges, propelling themselves with sticks adapted to allow propulsion in a manner similar to skiing. As players are strapped to a sledge everybody has the same restrictions, regardless of whether or not the player has a disability.
The sport was invented in Sweden in the 1960’s and in 1981 Britain became the third nation to play the sport. In 1994 Sledge Hockey became a Paralympic sport and Great Britain narrowly lost to Canada in the Bronze medal game in Lillehammer. They also competed in the Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano (1998) and Turin (2006).
The Phantoms Sledge Hockey club includes 7 current GB International players as well as being coached by the Great Britain Head Coach.
Saturdays game faces off at 4.30pm, and admission is FREE. The new Papa Johns Pizza Restaurant, located within the Planet Ice Arena, will also be open serving food and drinks.