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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Jan 2009---Cats and Bugs Scratch out a Classic!

The NEP Wildcats battled the weather just to make it to the ice rink on Sunday and then they had to face the PA Center-Pedes in the first game of the day.  Both teams were down a few players due to the weather but all were ready to battle when the puck dropped.  Tim Jones scored the loan goal in the first period to give the Bugs the lead on a pass from Lubin.  However, the Cats answered and took the lead in the second period with two goals from Joe Howard, both helpers coming from Gissendanner, only to see the score knotted up by Jones as the period drew to a close.   An early goal in the third put the pressure on the Bugs to create some offensive chances and while they did out shoot the Cats in every period they were unable to get a goal past Aguinaldo Luis in the third period.  Late goals by Howard and Mike Ciavarro, recently activated off the disabled list, closed out the scoring and a 5-3 Cats victory.

Story by Tom Carr.

2009 College Scholarships for Students with Parents with Disabilities

2009 College Scholarships for Students with

Parents with Disabilities Announcement

All application materials must be completed and postmarked by Monday March 16, 2009.                           

Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities.  These scholarships are part of Through the Looking Glass’ new federal grant  (New National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families). Please note that these are new awards and have different application procedures than in the past.  There are two separate scholarship awards, and each has separate eligibility requirements:

1. High School Seniors.  To be eligible, a student must be a high school graduate (or graduating senior) by Summer 2009, planning to attend college in Fall 2009 and have at least one parent with a disability. Five separate $1000 awards will be given out in Fall 2009. Individuals may submit only one application per award period.

2. College Students. To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled in a college or university, be 21 years of age or younger as of  March 16, 2009, and have at least one parent with a disability. Five separate $1000 awards will be given out in Fall 2009. Individuals may submit only one application per award period.

Selection criteria for all scholarships include academic performance, community activities and service, letters of recommendation and an essay describing the experience of growing up with a parent with a disability.

These Scholarships are also part of a research study on young adult children of parents with disabilities.  As explained in the Consent Form in the Application, you may be willing to participate in an optional survey about young adult children of parents with disabilities.  The additional information you submit on this survey will not affect your scholarship chances and will not be disclosed to anyone outside the project researchers; all identifying information will be removed.  If you consent to participate in this optional survey, we will email you the survey after we have received your completed application.


Scholarships Coordinator
Through the Looking Glass

The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families
2198 Sixth Street, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94710
(800) 644-2666 (voice)

(800) 804-1616 (TDD/TTY)

FAX: (510) 848-4445


Dec 2008---Live free and win (NH 9 - PA 3)...

PA Center-Pedes had one sub; NH Wildcats had four. Looks like all NESHL clubs are experiencing lower athlete participation so far this season; mostly due to work, family, injuries and US National Team schedule conflicts. Solid as granite, UNH Howard averaged two goals a period and Moran one. The pair had two helpers each. Further scoring prowess was bolstered with assists by Hoiser, Scott, Gissendanner and Drouin. PA came out a little flat and ended up scoring only one-third of their northern foe. Lubin provided all the goals for the Bugs. McDevitt added to the scoring with two helpers. New addition to the Center-Pedes, Wilson kept UNH from obtaining double digit results. End season results are solidly favoring the Wildcats, with the other three playing catch-up towards second.

Story by Mike Doyle

Dec 2008---Wildcats vs. Rangers Part II

The Wildcats and Rangers met for the second time in this young NESHL season on Sunday afternoon.  After there first meeting ended in a 5-4 Wildcat’s win both sides were looking forward to another wide-open shootout game.  However, fans were instead were treated to a more defensive battle with both teams probing and challenging back and forth.  “If the first meeting was an all out slug-fest this second meeting was more of a sparring match, with both teams respectful of the others offensive potential.” said Tom Carr coach of the Wildcats.  After two periods of hockey the score was 2-1 Wildcats when the Rangers intercepted a pass and the ensuing breakaway seemed sure to tie the score.  However, the Wildcats Agunaldo Luis’s sprawling save preserved the Wildcats slim one goal lead.  Strong defense by the trio of Kevin Hosier, Khrista Matthews and Eric “Tattoo” Gissendanner kept the Ranger’s offensive in check most of the game and an late goal by Joe Howard and an empty net goal by Josh Moran secured the win for the Cats 4-1.


Story by Tom Carr

Dec 2008---Rangers top Wolfpack

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

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