Skatium hosts sled hockey fundraiser

(1.7.15) The Skatium Ice Arena today hosted a sled hockey benefit last week, raising more than $7,200 for the Chicago Hornets. The Skokie Flyers' travel hockey teams (Midget and Bantam) both took on the Hornets, an area youth sled hockey team made up of players with physical disabilities ages 5 to 20. The Hornets practice on Tuesday nights at the Addison Ice Arena and play games against able-bodied teams in Illinois on a regular basis.

See Hornets video here.

Chicago Park District sled hockey video.

Sled hockey was invented at a Stockholm, Sweden rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical disabilities, wanted to continue playing hockey. The game follows most ice hockey rules with the exception of the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one, and and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end in order for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear hockey equipment with metal picks sewn into the backside of their gloves to allow maneuverability. Sled hockey provides opportunities for many types of disabled people, with opportunities available in local areas, all the way up to the National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics

For more information about Hornets sled hockey, contact JJ OConnor at or at (847) 778-9019.

For Skatium hockey program or league information, including Skokie Flyers info, call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2900.