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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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

Nov 2008---The game that almost wasn't (CT 1 – PA 6)
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
Nov 2008---Rivalry Renewed
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
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