Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary athletic experience? Our sled hockey players often tell us that getting out of their chairs and into their sleds is like getting wings, hence the name “sled wings.”
Your equipment and rules will vary a bit from traditional ice hockey, but the adrenaline-pumping, lightning-fast action is the same.
Jr. Sled Wings Sled Hockey:
Junior sled hockey is a partner program of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation. It’s open to both competitive and recreational athletes who have lower-limb affected disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paralysis or amputation. Participants practice weekly on Saturdays; local and away games are played in and outside of Michigan. This program enables kids with physical disabilities to use a sled for competitive hockey. Participants must be at least 7 years of age.
Adult Sled Hockey:
The Grand Rapids Sled Wings is the adult version of the Jr. Sled Wings program and is open to individuals who are 18 years and older and who have lower extremity physical disabilities.
8:30 am (gear up and equipment)/9 am skate Saturdays through April
Griff’s Icehouse at Belknap Park, 30 Coldbrook St. NE
$100, due at first practice (checks payable to Mary Free Bed); volunteering responsibilities throughout the season
$40 USA Hockey membership fee: Pay online. Must be a member before starting practice
Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports
235 Wealthy SE | Grand Rapids, MI