This weekend see’s the Peterborough Phantoms Sledge Hockey team start their 2016 season. The Phantoms are the reigning League champions, and will be defending the trophy they have won for the last 4 seasons.
The League campaign will see the Phantoms face-off against the Manchester Phoenix, Sheffield Steelkings, Cardiff Huskies and the Kingston Kestrels throughout the Summer.
The Phantoms team boasts a number of Great Britain International players, aswell as players new to the sport. This year the club are also joined by sponsors Inspire Peterborough and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.
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.
Sledge Hockey was first introduced into Great Britain in 1981 and the British Sledge Hockey Association (BSHA) was formed in 1995 order to promote and develop the sport. Ice Sledge Hockey is one of the five sports that form the Winter Paralympic Winter Games and a Great Britain (GB) Sledge Hockey team has competed in International events since 1982 including three of the five Paralympic Winter games since Sledge Hockey was included (1994, 1998, and 2006).
Sledge Hockey is a Paralympic sport played using the same rules as ice hockey and Team GB competed in the Paralympic Winter games in 1994, 1998 and 2006.
Admission to all of the League games is free of charge and the Phantoms will be playing on the following dates…
Sun 8th May Manchester Phoenix v Phantoms @ 16:00
Sat 21st May Phantoms v Manchester Phoenix @ 16:00
Sun 29th May Sheffield Steelkings v Phantoms @ 16:15
Sat 4th June Phantoms v Kingston Kestrels @ 16:00
Sat 11th June Cardiff Huskies v Phantoms @ 17:00
Sat 2nd July Phantoms v Sheffield Steelkings @ 16:00
Sat 9th July Kingston Kestrels v Phantoms @ 12:15
Sat 6th August Phantoms v Cardiff Huskies @ 16:00