What is Junior Development?

The same rules are followed as in ice hockey, with six players on the ice, including a goalie. Players sit on a sledge, which is a narrow platform with skate blades attached to the bottom, and propel themselves using two specially constructed hockey sticks that have picks on the end. Players wear full hockey gear and are strapped onto the sledges. The sledges can be adapted to meet the individual needs of each player.

Major differences from stand-up hockey:

While Hockey Canada rules apply, there are some rule variations and changes made necessary by the nature of the game and the players who participate, such as:

* hockey sticks are about 1/3 the length of a regulation hockey stick with picks on the ends

* the players' benches in most arenas are inaccessible. The players sit on the ice along the boards in front of the benches between the blue line and red line. For penalties, the players sit in the semi-circle in front of the penalty box.

Junior Development Sledge Hockey League (JDSHL)

Eligibility for competition is all male and female athletes with a permanent functional and/or sensory disability that would normally preclude an athlete from playing regular competitive hockey. An unlimited number of able-bodied players are permitted in all divisions of Sledge Hockey. Pilot project created in 2011.

Sledge Development is open to all ages based on skill level. This level is “recreational” and for players who would not dominate with their skills or could not play at a higher level as they may not physically be able to do so.