Northeast Sled Hockey League to host games in Exeter March 6-8

Simsbury, C.T - The Northeast Sled Hockey League is set to host the annual “Legacy Sled Hockey Classic Championship” at The Rinks at Exeter in Exeter, N.H. during the weekend of March 6-8, 2015. This exciting tournament will feature teams that include male and female players with disabilities of all ages, including past and present Paralympic athletes and disabled veterans.

Sled Hockey teams from eight states will be competing including teams from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. Teams will be playing for regular season standings (trophies for A and B divisions will be awarded) and the top six teams in the region will compete for the Legacy Sled Hockey Classic Championship.

The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 7at 9:40AM at The Rinks at Exeter. Games will continue throughout the weekend. Admission is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.

“We have had an exciting season and teams will be jockeying for their final positions in the standings,” stated Commissioner Mike Ciavarro. “The two top teams will represent the league at the Disabled Festival in Buffalo, N.Y. in April. We hope one of our teams will capture the National Championship.”

The Legacy Sled Hockey Classic Championship is made possible by local partners whom with their support have blossomed this tournament into a one of a kind event across New England. Legacy Global Sports, Spaulding Adaptive Sports Program, Optima Bank & Trust, Porsche Stratham, Audi Stratham, Stratham Mitsubishi, and Dover Honda.

Sled 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.

The Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) is a non-profit organization established in 2005 as a means for regional Sled Hockey teams to engage in competitive, sportsmanlike hockey. The NESHL is the first-ever organized, multi-state, adult sled hockey league in the United States with teams and athletes coming from Maine to Maryland. For more information, visit  

About our partners:

The Dr. Bernard R. and Edna M. Sears Adaptive Hockey Program at Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers is dedicated to the growth of adaptive hockey in the Boston Metro area and Eastern Massachusetts for individuals of all abilities. The Sears program is part of the Massachusetts Sled Hockey Initiative which is a collaborative joining of Massachusetts Hockey, Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, Northeast Passage, Boston Shamrocks, Boston Junior Bruins, Minuteman Flames, the New England Sports Center and the DCR Universal Access Program.

LEGACY Global Sports is a global sporting event and athlete management company. With a full range of event & tour management, travel & housing services, player development and athlete representation, LEGACY provides a complete sports experience for youth athletes and their families. LEGACY’s mission is to impact the lives of our customers by maximizing individual potential and providing lifelong international and domestic experiences.

International Cars, Ltd. is an employee owned company comprised of seven New England area dealerships including Audi, Porsche and Mitsubishi of Stratham New Hampshire, Dover Honda and Dover Chevrolet in Dover New Hampshire as well as Honda North and the ICL Used Car Center in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Optima Bank & Trust is a New Hampshire, locally-owned commercial bank that provides the products, conveniences and technology you expect from a full-service community bank. We deliver a higher level of personal attention to all of our personal banking and commercial banking customers.

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