Spotlight: DC Sled Sharks

On occasion, SBANCA will feature partner groups and organizations that offer unique opportunities for our members. This month, we focus on the DC Sled Sharks, our local sled hockey team.


Sled hockey is a fast-moving game, played on a standard size ice rink with standard nets and pucks. Instead of skates, players sit in a specially-designed sleds (with blades underneath) and use two hockey sticks with blades at one end and “metal picks” at the other to propel the sled.

The DC Sled Sharks provide athletes with physical disabilities the opportunity to be a part of the “coolest game on ice.” It is a program of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Adaptive Sports program, which seeks to provide opportunities to facilitate a healthy lifestyle.

The team plays in the Delaware Valley Hockey League, which has produced a number of players who have played on the U.S. Paralympic team.

On June 25th, 2017 from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the Kettler Capitals Ice Plex (627 N. Glebe Street in Arlington – atop the Ballston Mall where the Washington Capitals practice), the Sled Sharks will be holding a FREE clinic for individuals with physical disabilities ages 5 and up to try the adaptive sport of sled hockey.

Equipment – helmets, gloves, pads and sleds – will be provided. Coaching and assistants will be there as well. There is no charge to participate, and players of all skill levels – from novice to elite – are welcome. Standard tennis shoes or everyday shoes are fine. Bring a warm pair of pants and a sweat shirt or hoodie – sitting so close to the ice can prove to be cold as beginning players are learning to maneuver their sleds.

To register for the clinic, or to learn more about sled hockey and the DC Sled Sharks, contact Joan Joyce at 202-877-1420 or joan.p.joyce@medstar.net.

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