The Philadelphia Flyers are proving to be more than a group of athletes with their heads in the game; they’ve endorsed an exciting new venture that shows their hearts are in it as well: the Flyers Sled Hockey Team, reports philadelphiaflyers.com.
What’s sled hockey, you ask? It’s a game with its beginnings in Sweden in the 1960s, as a means for physically disabled athletes to play hockey. Since then its popularity has grown exponentially, quickly becoming one of the most popular events featured in the Paralympic Games.
The Flyers support of the sled hockey team is a significant move by the Flyers organization to continue its efforts in community hockey programs.
The sled team’s players range in age from the teens to mid-fifties, and among them are six players who have played for the United States National Sled Hockey Team, including multiple Paralympic medalists, reports philadelphiaflyers.com.
“These guys bleed orange and black,” Mike Doyle, defenseman and Flyers Sled Team general manager, told philadelphiaflyers.com. “Having the Flyers name attached to our team adds credibility.”
The Philadelphia Flyers Sled Hockey team will be practicing under coach Greg Scott all summer, in preparation for the upcoming USA Hockey/NHL Sled Classic this fall, according to philadelphiaflyers.com.