The Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey club has successfully retained the Northwest Europe Para Ice Hockey League championship. The team travelled to Dordrecht, Netherlands, for a two day, four team tournament and beat the Neuilly-Sur-Marne Les Bisons of France 5-0 in the final to claim the championship for the second time. “We’re delighted to retain the Northwest Europe Para Ice Hockey League trophy,” said Steelkings player-chairman Jake Oakley.
“It feels so good to have this reward for all the hard work everyone on the team has put in.”
The club allows people with any lower body disabilities or impairments to play the fast-paced, physical, and highly skilled team sport.
Current players have amputations, paraplegia, spina bifida and cerebral palsy as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions, which sometimes mean mainstream sports are not always possible.
“It’s been a great privilege to see how our players have developed. We had three players scoring their first goals, another getting their first point, a goalie with three shut outs in four games, and a leadership team that stepped up and wore the letter on their chest with pride,” added Jake.
To find out more about this exciting sport and how to get involved go to www.paraicehockey.co.uk