Declan Farmer competes at the Paralympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018.
Declan Farmer defends the puck from a competitor during the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Sledge hockey has become a fan favorite ever since it was introduced as a medal sport in the 1994 Paralympic Games in Lillehammer. More commonly known as sled hockey in the United States, the sport has been played in this country since the late 1980s. Team USA won its first Paralympic medal in the sport - the gold medal - at the Salt Lake Games in 2002.

Just as in ice hockey, sled hockey is played with six players (including a goalie) at a time. Players propel themselves on their sledge by use of spikes on the ends of two three-foot-long sticks, enabling a player to push himself as well as shoot and pass ambidextrously. Rinks and goals are regulation Olympic-size, and games consist of three 15-minute stop-time periods.

Paralympic sled hockey competition is open to male athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke. The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team and the day-to-day operations of the high performance program are overseen by USA Hockey, the National Governing Body for sled hockey in the United States.

To learn more about Paralympic sled hockey, visit USA Hockey's website or contact USA Hockey. Find a local program in your community by visiting the Paralympic Resource Network.