HOUGHTON, Michigan (WLUC) – Sled hockey has been around since the 1960s. Fast forward 60 years and the sport is still played.
On Saturday, Michigan Tech held a sled hockey clinic at the Student Ice Arena. His Allen Beauchamp, Sled Hockey UP General Manager, explained the history of the sport.
“It’s for individuals who can’t play traditional ice hockey stand-up ice hockey,” Beauchamp said. “You play on a sled so you can see behind you. You sit on the sled, your feet are out in front of you, and you use two small hockey sticks to move your body.”
Two hockey sticks butt ends with picks for digging into the ice and moving the sled.
“Usually it’s for people with lower extremity disabilities, but really, we’re open to everyone,” Beauchamp said. “That’s why today we meet both able-bodied and disabled people.”
The clinic also hosts organizations aimed at helping skaters.
“Oh, this is so much fun. I know I’m drinking coffee. We got chocolate-covered Oreos. I’m just hanging out. I know hockey is I love sled hockey, it’s such a good time.
Allen also said he hopes the event will attract more ubers. He also has plans to start a thread his hockey league in the near future.
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