The British Para Ice Hockey Association is the governing body for Para Ice Hockey in the UK.
Since its debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games, the Paralympic version of ice hockey has quickly become one of the largest attractions for spectators. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by male and female athletes. At a club level in the UK the sport is played by both Disabled and Able Bodied players on the same team. At an international Paralympic level, it is played by players with a physical impairment in the lower part of the body.
It follows the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with modifications. Instead of skates, players use double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath. Players use two sticks, which have a spike-end for pushing and a blade-end for shooting.
Great Britain have competed at the Winter Paralympics on three occasions. They first competed at Lillehammer in 1994, then in Nagano in 1998, and Torino in 2006. They were 4th in Lillehammer and 7th in both Nagano and Torino.
In 2016, the sport was renamed and rebranded from IPC Ice Sledge Hockey to Para Ice Hockey. We currently have club teams in Cardiff, Peterborough, Sheffield and Manchester, with more in the pipeline.
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Simon Berry Paralympian “Para Ice Hockey has been a massive part of my life, it helped with my rehabilitation after my motorbike accident which I am extremely grateful for. I have represented my country alongside my fellow athletes, and met many other disabled people that the sport has helped across the world. Over 20 years on the ice, what a blast its been”
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For more information on the sport, and the BPIHA, please visit our website at www.paraicehockey.co.uk
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