South East Sled Hockey League
Welcome to the home of the South East Sled Hockey League. Founded in 2016 SESHL officially began with the Carolina Cup Tournament hosted in Raleigh, NC. Currently, the SESHL season consists of 3 divisional tournaments and a Championship weekend featuring playoff round-robins. For the 23/24 season, SESHL will be hosting B and C divisions. If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in Sled Hockey please reach out to us on our contact page or skate over to our teams page to learn more about programs in your area.
SESHL is proud to be represented in the following cities:
Charleston, SC – Charlotte, NC – Knoxville, TN – Orlando, FL – Raleigh, NC – Space Coast, FL – Tampa, FL
What is Sled Hockey
“Sled (sledge as it’s referred to outside the United States) hockey was invented at a Stockholm, Sweden, rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical disability, wanted to continue playing hockey.
Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception some of the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove. Metal picks are sewn into the backside to allow the goalie to maneuver.
A few rinks around the country are sled accessible. Sled accessible rinks allow players to remain in their sleds and skate off the ice into the bench area. This requires that the bench area is flush with the ice and there is clear plexiglass replacing the white boards.
Sled hockey provides opportunity for many types of disabilities and there are opportunities available in local areas for recreation/competition all the way to the National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics. Sled hockey is rapidly growing in the US and players are “hooked” once they touch the ice the first time.”