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About the Northeast Sled Hockey League

Who We Are

Founded in 2005, the NESHL is the first-ever organized, multi-state, adult sled hockey league in the United States. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our athletes range from Maine to Maryland, and we play from September to March each year. Year-round, we work to promote awareness of Sled Hockey and support people with disabilities. Playing on a NESHL team is life-changing—our athletes gain independence, confidence, and a positive attitude as well as improving their physical fitness.

Our Mission

Our goal is "to provide an environment where individuals, with and without disabilities, can develop as athletes, leaders, and community members through a competitive Sled Hockey league that emphasizes commitment, discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship."

Our Objectives

  • To provide a fun, competitive Sled Hockey League for individuals with mobility impairment.
  • To assist in the development of players for local, regional, and national level teams.
  • To increase the awareness of Sled Hockey through on-ice and off-ice presentations.
  • To assist with individuals' independence and Return to Work/Life.
  • To build life skills—teamwork, responsibility, commitment.
  • To promote "Positive Shared Experiences" amongst family and friends.
  • To provide an opportunity for corporate sponsorship through value-exchange partnerships.

Our Athletes

Our Sled Hockey athletes are both male and female, ages 15 to 60. Most of our athletes have some type of mobility impairment, and are of many ethnic backgrounds. Approximately 22% of our athletes are disabled veterans. Our athletes, families, and volunteers come from a wide geographic range, covering the states of PA, NJ, NY, CT, VT, NH, MA, ME, and MD. We are also proud to have many of our athletes play on the Men's and Women's USA Sled Hockey teams, representing our country at international events.

About Sled Hockey

Sled hockey, also known as sledge hockey, is the fast, exciting, rough-and-tumble version of ice hockey played primarily by people with lower limb mobility impairments. The game is essentially the same as “stand-up” ice hockey, the major difference being that the players use a sled with two hockey skate blades mounted under a seat. The players use two sticks, one end of each having a conventional hockey stick blade and the other end equipped with stainless steel "picks" which can be dug into the ice to allow propulsion. In competitive play, hard checking, raised-puck shooting, and penalty killing are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in “stand-up” hockey.

Latest News

  • Tuesday Nov 29th, 2016 is #GivingTuesday

    This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Northeast Sled Hockey League will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

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Our Teams

Adult A Division

Gaylord Sports Association WolfpackNew Jersey FreezeNew York RangersNortheast Passage WildcatsPhiladelphia FlyersUSA WarriorsBennett BlazersPittsburgh Mighty PenguinsColumbus Blue Jackets

Adult B Division

Western Mass. KnightsLong Island RoughridersBoston ShamrocksUSA WarriorsNortheast Disabled Athletic Association