NESHL in a Nutshell

 The NESHL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2005 as a means for regional Sled Hockey teams to engage in competitive, sportsmanlike hockey. We are the first-ever organized, multi-state, adult sled hockey league in the U.S, with Teams from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Western Mass, Maryland, Vermont, and Pennsylvania currently in our league.

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.

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With just five "regular" skaters and four "elite", PA found itself in a four and one rotation. The new coach (Greg Scott) is learning all the idiosyncrasies of coaching disabled. Not the standard X and O philosophies of coaching; only balancing the bench with the AB and EA contingents.

Even though Beck, Hallman, Jones and D McDevitt could only participate 25% each, three of the four found the twine behind able netminder Karen Smith. In period one, Jones scored with help from "orange boy" Doyle and Dan McDevitt got some help from a sibling. Period two saw Mike Hallman increase the lead with further assistance from Mike McDevitt. Third period action had Jones helping Mike McDevitt (and vice versa!!!) and Dan McDevitt providing a well timed assist to Bobby Keys.

Tyler's description "in classic CT fashion the Pack started out the first period slow" was true as their shots on net by period were zero, one and three. PA netminder Jackson solidly stopped all shots (one) in stanza two. Unfortunately, Zack's save percentage dropped from 1.000 in period two down to 0.333 in the final period. CTs Ryan Pelletier found the back of PAs net with a nice play featuring Anthony Kuntz as the co-star. Tyler Konvent took advantage of a bad defensive turnover by PA without any help.

The nice part of the CT vs PA game was 45-minutes PENALTY FREE by both clubs!!!

Submitted by: Mike Doyle



In another classic NESHL match up the PA Center-peds took on the CT Wolf Pack in their first meet of season, and in classic CT fashion the Pack started out the first period slow allowing 2 goals (McDevitt, Blaine) and 9 shots on goal.

Connecticut slightly upped their game in the 2nd by only allowing 1 goal (Blaine) and 8 shots on goal.

The real story of this game was the 3rd period.  Pack goalie and Defense  showed their true colors by only allowing 7 shots on goal and Karen “I can’t put my arms down” Smith stopping all 7 in the 3rd and 21 out of 24 shots the whole game.

There was also a bit of physical play in period 3 involving Wolf Pack D Bobby “Napoleon Complex” Jenner and Bugz Center Danny “pick on the little guy” McDevitt.  Jenner hit McDevitt behind the net with what some would call a slightly high and slightly over extended hit into the boards. McDevitt taking note and stalking Jenner like a shark stalks a very tiny hunk of tuna retaliated with a high hit of his own that sparked an exchange of what I will call “Pleasantry’s”  and  “Colorful Metaphors” between the two.

Is this the start of a new rivalry? Will this over shadow the EPIC rivalry between Tyler “Flounder” Konvent and Mike “I only score points because Joe Howard sets me up” Ciavarro? Only time will tell.

Bugz beat Pack with a final score of 3 to 0

Story by Tyler Konvent



The stage was set. NEP Wildcats had imposed its will on the PA Center-Pedes last month in the Vermont Green Mountain Sled Hockey Classic. The Bugs were looking to avenge the defeat.


Using new multi-leg centipede netminder (Steve O'Brien) between the pipes, PA was able to fend off NH in period one. The other PA newcomer, Adrien Burnett, lit the lamp with a little help from Bobby Keys to start the scoring.


During period two, Steve helped add to UNH frustration by taking away "the corners" from Paralympians Chase and Howard. The Wildcat frustrations were relieved like a lanced boil in the third stanza. Chase and Howard rallied for two goals each, including "helpers" from each other. Ex Center-Pede Josh Moran rounded out the NH scoring with an empty netter.


O'Brien (PA) stopped 18 out of 23 shots while Aguinaldo (NH) stopped 12 of 13 shots. The game was much closer than the final tally indicated.


Submitted by: Mike Doyle




The VT Sledcats and NEP Wildcats met for their first meeting at the new NESHL site in Newington CT on Sunday.  It was cold in the rink and cold on the ice for both teams and their respective staffs however the area is definitely a welcome upgrade.


NEP new they would be facing two great goalies on this game day so they took every opportunity to test VT goalie Pat Standen.  In a game plan that has become their hallmark the Sledcats came out strong and keep the Wildcats at bay for much of the first period.  But good puck and player movement wore down the Sledcats.


While most NEP players found their way into the score book it was Coach Carr who was envious at the end of they day.  “I look at the youth and enthusiasm of that (VT) program and I am reminded of our program just a few years ago,” said Carr “their time will come.”


Story by Tom Carr




From USA Hockey website:

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Nine different players scored for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team here this afternoon, as Team USA topped Japan, 10-1, in its final game of the Three Nation Sled Hockey Exhibition Series.

Of the nine U.S. scorers, four tallied their first career international goals, including Tyler Carron (Berthoud, Colo.), Bryan Genovese (Oceanside, N.Y.), Danny McDevitt (Abington, Pa.) and Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa). In addition, goalie Jen Yung Lee (San Antonio, Texas) collected his first career win.

"I was really proud of our young guys this afternoon," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "Today's game will be a confidence builder for our squad, especially with the International Paralympic Committee tournaments on the horizon early next year."

Team USA controlled the opening period, outshooting Japan, 14-0, and scoring the frame's lone goal. Greg Shaw (Park City, Utah) redirected a McDevitt centering pass to the near post, where Daniel McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.) was stationed for a tap-in goal at 18:09 of the first.

The U.S. opened the game up in the second period, scoring four times to build a 5-0 lead. Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) collected a rebound goal at 8:42 off of a three-on-one odd-man rush. Genovese and Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) each scored their first career goals less than a minute apart midway through the frame. Finally, McDevitt also notched his first career tally with less than two minutes remaining in the stanza.

After surrendering an early third-period goal to Japan, Team USA put the game away with three goals in just 40 seconds by Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Shaw and McDevitt. Nikko Landeros (Berthoud, Colo.) and Carron closed out the game's scoring with unassisted goals.

U.S. goalie Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) started the game between the pipes, but gave way to Lee at the start of the second period. Lee made five saves to earn the victory, while Japan goalie Makoto Majiam stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Team USA's next tournament will come in February at the IPC-sanctioned 2011 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships in Nagano City, Japan.

NOTES: Raymond Beck (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Bryan Genovese, both members of the U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team, skated with Team USA after being called up from a U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team camp in Buffalo, N.Y. ... Team USA went 0-for-1 on the power play, while Japan did not have an opportunity on the man advantage ... For stats and standings from the Three Nation Sled Hockey Exhibition Series, click
here... The U.S. has won the last four International Paralympic Committee-sanctioned tournaments dating back to the 2009 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic ... For a complete 2010-11 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.


Scoring By Period

JPN 0 - 0 - 1 - 1
USA 1 - 4 - 5 - 10




First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, McCoy (Shaw, McDevitt), 18:09. Penalties: JPN, Maruo (teeing), 11:48.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Chace (Shaw, McDevitt), 8:52; 3, USA, Genovese (Beck), 10:09; 4, USA, McKee (Chace, Salamone), 10:59; 5, USA, McDevitt (McCoy, Shaw), 18:14. Penalties: None.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, JPN, Uehara (Misawa), 0:30; 7, USA, Page (Landeros), 7:47; 8, USA, Shaw (Chace), 8:09; 9, USA, McDevitt (Shaw), 8:27; 10, USA, Landeros (unassisted), 10:09; 11, USA, Carron (unassisted), 19:14. Penalties: None. 

Shots by Period
JPN 0 2 4 6
USA 14 20 13 47
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
JPN, Majiam 60:00
13-8 47-37
USA, Cash 20:00 0-0 --- --- 0-0
USA, Lee 40:00 --- 2-2 4-3 6-5








Power Play: JPN 0-0; USA 0-1

Penalties: JPN 1-2; USA 0-0


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