Tuesday, February 20th: Sled Hockey 101


AND TOOK TO THE ICE. —
ERIN: WE ON THE HELMET AND TOOK
TO THE ICE. REPORTER: LIGHTNING SPEED, HARD
HITS AND SHEER DETERMINATION. THESE ATHLETES SLED HOCKEY
PLAYERS LEAVE THEIR DISABILITIES
AT THE DOOR.>>SLEDDING ALLOWS YOU TO BE ON
THE ICE AND LEAVE YOUR CRUTCHES
OR WHATEVER MIGHT BE AND FEEL
THE ICE AND GLIDE AROUND. REPORTER: DANNY SANTOS WAS BORN
WITH A RARE CONDITION.>>I HAVE SMALL FEMURS AND 4′ 2″
IN HEIGH
REPORTER: THE TEAM MADE UP OF
ADAPTIVE ATHLETES IN NEW
ENGLAND, RANKED THIRD IN THE
NATION.>>WE WILL TRAIN ON AND OFF THE
ICE TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR
GOALS. REPORTER: BILL STEWART RUNS
NORTHEAST PASSAGE AND HEAD
COACH. SEVERAL OF HIS PLAYERS HAVE MADE
THE PARALYMPIC TEAM, WHO WILL BE
COMPETING NEXT MONTH IN SOUTH
KOREA.>>THIS IS THE SHOWCASE TO WATCH
AND SEE WHAT IT IS LIKE. WE WON THE LAST TWO GOLD MEDALS
AND FAVORED TO WIN THIS YEAR AND
CANADA AND RUSSIA ARE OUR
BIGGEST COMPETITION REPORTER: THE RULES ARE NEARLY
IDENTICAL TO STANDUP HOCKEY. SIX PLAYERS AND A GOALIE. PLAYERS PROPEL THEMSELVES ON
SLEDS LOSING STICKS TO SHOOT AND
PASS. IT TAKES INCREDIBLE SKILL AND
UPPER BODY STRENGTH AND NOT AS
EASY AS IT LOOKS. I SUITED UP AND TAKE TO THE ICE
WHO GOT A MID-SEASON CALLUP, ONE
LEVEL BE LOY THE PARALYMPIC
TEAM. A FEW QUICK TIPS.>>WHEN YOU SKATE, KEEP YOUR
ARMS UP AT THE TOP AND GIVE A
FULL PUSH LIKE THAT. REPORTER: AND I’M OFF. THIS IS FUN.>>YOU’RE A NATURAL. REPORTER: TRYING TO GET FANCY
BACK FIRES. [LAUGHTER]
>>IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NO
MATTER WHAT. REPORTER: I TRIED TURNING.>>THAT’S OK. PUSH OFF LIKE THAT. THAT CAN HELP. REPORTER: OH, OK.>>THAT’S GREAT FOR A
FIRST-TIMER. REPORTER: A FEW MORE LAPS AND I
THINK I’M READY FOR SOME STICK
HANDLING. THESE GUYS ARE BEHIND THE SLED,
FRONT OF THE SLED AT CRAZY
SPEEDS. IMAGINING A LITTLE CONFIDENCE
HERE. I WASN’T GOING TO CHECK ANYONE. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, SLED HOCKEY
IS A FULL CONTACT SPORT.>>YOU CAN HIT INTO THE BOARDS,
NOT THE GLASS. THE GLASS CAN DEFLECT IT. IF YOU GET PRETTY HARD,
SLEDS ARE INVOLVED ARE INVOLVED. REPORTER: THEY HOPE TO SPREAD
THE WORD ABOUT THE SPORT ABOUT
ITS TEAM AND DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM.>>STAY WITH IT. REPORTER: DESIGNED FOR
BEGINNERS.>>WE TRIED TO OUTFIT EVERYONE
FROM THE BEGINNING. WE CAN GET YOU INTO A SLED AND
GET YOU EQUIPMENT, HELMET,
STICKS, AND GET OUT AND
EXPERIENCE THE SPORT. REPORTER: PLAYERS’ PARENTS SEE
BIG RESULTS. TRACY GOOD MANN’S SON, NUMBER 17
WAS BORN WITH A TYPE OF
CHILDHOOD CANCER. DOCTORS GOT THE TUMOR, BUT HE
WAS LEFT PARALYZED. AT 15 YEARS OLD, HE SHOWS STRONG
PARRA LIMB PICKS. DR PARALYMPICS.>>WHAT IT BRINGS TO THEM IS A
LOT OF CONFIDENCE AND THEY ARE
ABLE TO BRING IT FORTH AND GIVES
THEM SOMETHING TO HANG THEIR HAT
ON AND BE PROUD O

Antonio Breitenberg

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