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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2/17/2008 - Connecticut’s first game of the day saw the Wolf Pack and Rangers go at it, playing a back and forth game that ended in a surprising 3 to 3 tie. Tim Jones opened the scoring in the first period for the Wolf Pack. That goal was matched early in the second period, with Chris Miegel putting the puck in the net. Each team picked up the scoring pace with two additional goals in the 3rd period. The Wolf Pack scoring for the game was the result of a hat trick by Tim Jones with assists on his goals from Ryan Pelletier and Bobby Jenner. The Rangers scoring was led by two goals from Chris Miegel and one goal from Nick Teodoro. They were assisted on their goals by Bill Hannigan (1) and Brian Genovese (2). Goaltending for both teams was excellent as Mike Messier had 22 saves for CT and Dave White finished with 10 saves for NY.
Pennsylvania and Connecticut met on January 13th in the final game of the day on January 13th, 2008. Connecticut was very shorthanded for the game playing without par-olympian Tim Jones and without one of their best defensive players, Sean Bucchere, who had been injured during the first game of the day when WolfPack played the NY Rangers. CT fought hard to stay in the game during with first period led by the outstanding Goaltending of its captain Karen Smith (10 Saves). Pa led by para-olympians Connelly (4 goals) and Hallman (2 goals) began its dominating play in the 2nd and 3rd periods. PA’s old guard also contributed and continued their outstanding play as Mike Doyle (1 goal and 1 assist) and Jim Leatherman (1 goal) showed that experience still counts. Lubin (2 goals) was also a scoring factor as PA went on to solidly defeat CT by the score of 10 – 0.
OPENING DAY 2007-2008 - The 2007-2008 season opened on December 6th with the first game between New Hampshire and Connecticut. Connecticut got out of the gate immediately as the newest member of the under-20 US National team, Anthony Kuntz scored less than 2 minutes into the game. New Hampshire came back and scored its first goal midway through the first period. New Hampshire began to dominate during the 2nd period, as Connecticut tried to keep pace. Time Jones, US National team member and US paralympian, scored 4 goals for the Wolf Pack in the 2nd and 3rd periods. They could not keep pace, however, as New Hampshire, playing paralympians Joe Howard (2 goals) and Kip St Germaine (1 goal) along with men’s US National Team member Josh Moran (5 goals), completed an 8-5 opening game victory.
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