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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The New York Rangers played their first game of the day against the Connecticut Wolfpack (The Pack).  The Pack got an early breakaway from Anthony Kuntz but it was quickly steered away by goalie Andrew Schwartz.  The Rangers pressed the Pack hard and the young scrappy forwards responded with vigor but the strength of the Rangers proved to be too much for them.  Ranger forwards Mike Symczak, defensemen Chris Meigel and Nick Tedoro all scored goals shutting out the Pack 6-0.  The Pack continues to show that they are upcoming contenders in the sport of sled hockey.

Story by Victor Calise

Due to to US National team and Under-20 program travel most NESHL teams felt the pinch. It was pointed out to PA that "unless they had five skaters and a goalie - they would have to forfeit". PA was happy to know that the game could be played despite the forfeiture. One minutes before faceoff the last of the six bugs arrived on the ice. It has been noticed that the Connecticut Wolf Pack have made great strides as a team and coaching staff. PA provided much of the first period prowess with crisp passing and smart play around the net. CT captain Karen Smith was quick across the crease many times; but could not match PA with some "pin-ball" passing. PA scoring was dominated by Lubin (4-points), Schwanger (3-points) and Grazaitis (2-points). The PA five started slowing half-way through the game. CT forwards Jenner, Rock and Konvent (and others) started swarming occasionally in the PA end. It took hard nose skater Josh Buglione to remove the goose egg from the CT scoreboard.

Story by Mike Doyle
It seems that every time that New York Rangers and the Northeast Passage Wildcats play it is a battle. The meeting of these two teams on Sunday was no different. The Wildcats who literally and figuratively went out to lunch after their first game did not wake up in this contest till the second period. By this time the Rangers had opened up a 3-0 lead. The Wildcats were caught flat and were burned on quick breakouts that they had no answer for. However, the Wildcats managed to keep their composure and lead by Joe Howard chipped away at the Rangers lead. After drawing even the Wildcats fell behind 4-3 and the Rangers appeared to be in control. However, Josh Moran tied to game and minutes later the Wildcats went ahead and held off a late game surge to survive 5-4 winners.

Story by Tom Carr
The Connecticut Wolfpack and New Hampshire Wildcats opened the 2008-2009 Northeast Sled Hockey League season at Danbury Arena on November 23rd. New Hampshire showcased the talents of former Olympian Gold and Silver medalist Joe Howard as he opened the scoring early in the first period and continued to hammer the goals with five goals during the game.  Josh Moran and other team members continually supported the team effort with assists and goals of their own as they routed a Wolfpack team that was decimated with injuries and missing their two Jr. National team members. Luis Aquinaldo provided a stellar goaltending effort to complete the NH rout of CT by a final score of 9 to 0.

Story by Ken Messier

The New York Rangers sled hockey team faced off against the PA Center-Pedes. Jeremy Lubin provided the Center-Pedes with some offense while his supporting teammates were out of the country playing for Team USA. The New York Rangers attacked first with a goal from the leading defenseman Chris Meigel then another goal from forward turned defenseman for the game Victor Calise. The Rangers held onto the lead for the game with scoring from both their offense and defense. It wasn't until the third period that defensman Jeremy Lubin put one past rookie goalie Andrew Schwartz. The Rangers beat the Center-Pedes 6-1 and the next face off between these two teams will be a battle.

Story by Vic Calise

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