Fresh off winning the National Lottery Awards – Sports Category, members of the Sheffield Steelkings roster travelled down to London last week to officially receive the trophy from former World Heavyweight Champion David Haye at a star-studded red carpet event.
It was announced on Wednesday that the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club are the second winners of National Lottery Awards – Sports Category.
Paralympic athlete Jonnie Peacock was on hand at a training session to present the award, which will include a £5,000 grant, which the Steelkings won after a month long, nationwide vote which saw them receive press coverage in The Sun newspaper and on BBC Radio Sheffield.
During my time with Chasing the Puck one thing has always interested me above everything else and that is Para Hockey (Sledge Hockey).
The Kingston Kestrels Para Ice Hockey team recently retained their league title earlier this month, after victory over the Peterborough Phantoms saw the Kestrels notching up their sixth victory this season to remain undefeated, with still two games left to play in the season. Incredibly, Kingston has netted a total of 45 goals in their six matches played so far this season, while conceding only one in their championship season.
This is an article I wrote three years ago when I tried a taster session in Para Hockey or Sled Hockey as it is commonly known in North America. I have been following the sport for four years now and have been involved with the Manchester side since 2014. Back in 2015, I was was asked if I wanted to come down to Widnes Ice Rink and join the team for a training session with the recently named Manchester Phoenix at that time (now the Manchester Mayhem) and do a feature on the sport and experience first hand how it feels to play.
The start of the British Para Ice Hockey League has been dominated so far by the defending league champions in the Kingston Kestrels, who have looked a cut above the rest of the teams in the league so far.
I must start this article by being completely honest with every single one of you.
I had no idea that a para ice hockey league existed and I hadn’t even thought of looking into it even for a second, for me para ice hockey was something that you saw on the television in the Paralympics and the rest was irrelevant.
For that I am truly sorry.