Local Wounded Warriors Host Successful Beginners Sled Hockey Clinic
Disabled veterans were invited to join STRIDE’s sled hockey team in a professional clinic this past Saturday, April 22nd. Held at the Albany County Hockey Facility, the team had their last practice of the 2017 season and later hosted an open ice clinic with fellow Wounded Warriors in the area.
STRIDE’s team, the Capital District Sled Warriors is the only team of its kind in the Albany area. Our Sled Warriors will travel to Massachusetts to compete in their last tournament this upcoming weekend. Just as fast-paced and physically demanding as stand-up hockey, sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of equipment. Sled hockey requires players to sit in a specially designed sled that sits on top of two hockey skate blades.
On Saturday Mitch Harris, known as The Goalie Doctor assisted our Sled Warriors with running the clinic. Harris specializes in goalie training and incorporated countless new visual techniques in his teachings. However, The Goalie Doctor branched out during the clinic and used his sled hockey knowledge to help newcomers with agility, stick handling, and puck handling skills. Harris also taught games and drills to further instill the tactical positions of hockey.
Capital District Sled Warriors was founded by Tom and Kim Wilson, of Slingerlands 10 years ago to make hockey accessible to those with lower limb disabilities. STRIDE became the teams Parent company in 2009, and the team has grown exponentially since then. Funding for the special clinic was provided by Warfighter Sports, a division of Disabled Sports USA.
Sled Warriors attend numerous tournaments annually and host home & demo games as a member team of USA Disabled Hockey. Sled hockey is a Paralympic sport and STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a U.S. Paralympic training club.
If you or someone you know is interested but missed the clinic, please contact to at [email protected] or call our office at (518)-598-1279.