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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From USA Hockey website:

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. goalie Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 23 saves, but the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team dropped a 2-0 decision to Canada here this afternoon at the Three Nation Sled Hockey Exhibition Series.

"We simply struggled to get pucks to the front of the net," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "We have one more game tomorrow afternoon to work on our offense and creating scoring chances."

Both Team USA and Canada played evenly throughout the first period, but it was the visitors who struck first. Greg Westlake converted on a partial breakaway with less than a minute remaining in the opening frame to give Canada a 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless second period, Canada put the game out of reach 15 minutes into the third with a power-play tally by Westlake.

Team USA will be back in action against Japan tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. EST in its final exhibition game of the series.

NOTES: Team USA went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Canada was 1-for-2 with the man advantage ... In four exhibition games against Canada this season, Team USA has posted a 0-1-2-1 record ... 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

CAN 1 - 0 - 1 - 2
USA 0 - 0 - 0 - 0



First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Westlake (unassisted), 19:21. Penalties: CAN, Bridges (roughing), 8:46.

Second Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Salamone (holding), 1:53.

Third Period - Scoring: 2, CAN, Westlake (Bridges, Dorion), 14:42. Penalties: CAN, Rempel (roughing), 5:26; USA, Page (goalie interference), 13:42.

Shots by Period
CAN 8 12 5 25
USA 6 0 2 8
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
CAN, Watson 60:00
2-2 8-8
USA, Cash 60:00 8-7 12-12 5-4 25-23







Power Play: CAN 0-1; USA 0-1
Penalties: CAN 1-2; USA 1-2



It was unfortunate that the CT Wolfpack had to face the NEP Wildcats after a fast paced game with the PA Centerpedes.  “We are a tough team to face,” said NEP coach Tom Carr “tougher once we are warmed up and ready to go.”


The usually quick ‘Pack’ was not prepared to face a Cats team that was ready to play.  With the loyal Chace family and friend making the trip to Burlington, NEP had the crowd on their side too.  The defense led by Taylor Chace forced the game from the back and early and often rushes by all defenders turned the tide quickly in the Cats favor.


The much anticipated and publicized Konvent vs. Ciavarro “meeting” did not live up to its Facebook billing.  It appears that both sides are more talk than action.  We will see when both teams meet up again in December.


Story by Tom Carr



The first game of the NESHL season for the CT Wolf Pack was more like a hockey clinic taught by the NY Rangers. Crisp passes, hard accurate shots, communication, and cycling were all in the “demonstration” by the Rangers in Friday nights game.  The pack seemed to have a bit of “Rink Rust” going in. Their practice season had only started two weeks before and it showed.


The Pack was only able to accumulate 2 shots on goal the entire game. Both shots coming from CT star center Ryan Pelletier who was also the single goal scorer for the Pack.  Shots on goal were not CT’s only problem.  They had a light bench going into the weekend and were missing 2 wingers and 2 defensemen. That coupled  with the lack of practice the Pack was just not able to defend the blistering 8 goals out of 16 shots by NY.  Rangers goals were scored by Danny Santos (4), Nick Teodoro (2), Josh Pauls (1), and Mike Szymczak (1)


Story by Tyler Konvent



 PA Center-Pedes (1) broke a "wrung" against NH Wildcats (5)


The Taylor Chase (4 points) show was co-hosted by ex-Bug Josh Moran (4 points). Luis Aguinaldo stared between the pipes (stopping 10 of 11) while Zach Jackson stopped 15 of 20 for PA. PA's lone goal was scored by blue liner DJ Wilson with a little help from Mike McDevitt.




PA Center-Pedes (5) BUG the NY Rangers (3)


PA's balanced attack proved too much for the NY Rangers. Lubin, the McDevitt's and Wilson provided all the scoring necessary for the win. Chris Meigil scored all three goals for NY; assisted by Santos (2) and Pauls (1). Tough to see the NY contingent packing for home; they'll be back.


Stories by Mike Doyle




Game 2 of the CT Wolf Packs NESHL season was much improved from the game of the previous night even though it still didn’t go in Connecticut favor. The game started out in old time hockey fashion with big hits from both teams including one featuring PA Centerpede brothers Danny and Mike McDevitt and The Wolf packs Tyler Konvent that set the pace for the rest of the game.


CT was much more focused against the Bugz and they showed it.  Center Ryan Pelletier opening up the game early with the Wolfpacks first goal. Defense was also the Packs key to the first two periods. They only allowed 5 shots on goal in the first and 4 in the second. PA was able to get a 2 -1 lead in the first but could not extend that lead in the second.


The third period was a different story though.  The Pack seemed to have a bit of a collapse in communication and discipline with their defensive line. CT winger turned defensemen for the weekend Tyler Konvent took a roughing penalty in the 3rd that allowed PA to get a power play goal and make the score 3 to 1. The troubles didn’t stop there. Bobby Jenner of the Pack took two penalties in the 3rd allowing another power play goal.


Period three wasn’t bad for all of the Wolf Pack though.  Veteran goalie Karen Smith was CTs backbone in the third and for most of the game stopping an incredible 20 out of 24 shots on goal. 13 of those stops coming in the third period alone.


The final score was PA 4 and the Wolf pack 1 but if this game was any indication of what CT is capable of its going to be a long hard fought season for all the teams.


Story by Tyler Konvent



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