The D.C. Sled Sharks show how ice hockey has been adapted to let people with disabilities play the fast-paced sport. Sled hockey involves the hustling, shooting and even colliding of stand-up hockey, but it’s played on special sleds. The players use sticks with picks on one end to help move across the ice. The other end of the stick is for moving the puck. The Sled Sharks — an Arlington-based team with 12 girls and boys, ages 6 to 19 — recently took on the N.Y. Rangers, one of six sled hockey teams in the Delaware Valley Hockey League.
D.C. Sled Sharks coach Mike Pool lays out strategy for 15-year-olds Alex Meuser, left, and Joel Pool before the team's sled hockey game.Katherine Frey/The Washington Post