AHS offers chance to try out para ice hockey in Lethbridge

November 21, 2022

LETHBRIDGE – Therapeutic Recreation in the South Zone of Alberta Health Services is offering a free try-it day for para ice hockey, formerly known as sledge hockey; a sport ideal for people with lower-body mobility issues.

Para ice hockey is like traditional hockey with a few sport-specific modifications. Players sit in a specifically designed sled with two regular-sized hockey skate blades that allow the puck to pass underneath. Players use two sticks that have metal picks on the end to propel them on the ice.

Those who are suited for the sport include individuals with physical impairment in the lower part of the body, but able-bodied players are welcome to play as well. Therapeutic Recreation staff will be on hand to welcome and support participants in their journey to better health and well-being.

Try-it Day is from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Thursday December 8, Nicolas Sheran Ice Arena, 401 Laval Blvd W. in Lethbridge. For more information contact Shana Wandler, Recreation Therapist, 403-382-0380.

Para ice hockey can be experienced from 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday November 27 at the Mayor's Community Hockey Challenge Fundraiser during the first intermission. This event takes place at the ATB Centre, 74 Mauretania Rd. W. in Lethbridge.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.