Levels

Novice

The Novice Team is open to anyone regardless of age or disability. The primary goal of Novice practices is to provide a supportive environment where volunteers assist each player in whatever manner is most helpful and encouraging to him or her. Coaches and Volunteers are on hand to help players move along the ice, develop stick handling skills and learn the game of sled hockey. For players who need additional support physically or emotionally, an optional push bar is attached to the sleds to assist volunteers in providing a safe, inclusive on-ice experience.

Players on the Novice team may use this experience as a therapeutic one or as a progression to advance to a more competitive-level of play. There are no skill requirements for participation on this team.

Novice players of all abilities will gain experience participating in a team sport and enjoy socializing with peers. Novice players will have the opportunity to scrimmage with other teams and participate in fundraising activities. Travelling to or participating in tournaments is completely optional for players on the Novice team.

Juniors

The Junior Team is designed to be for the more advanced youth players with high-functioning physical disabilities who wish to advance in the sport and eventually play competitively on the Senior Team. The Junior Team is open to youth players age 7-18. Optimal players are those who have surpassed the level of play at the Novice level but do not have the full skill set to play safely with the highly competitive, aggressive Senior Team.

Players on the Junior Team should focus on learning the strategy and theories behind the actual game of hockey, while honing their skating, shooting, and puck handling skills. Junior players must grasp the concept of team work, basic plays, and the rules of sled hockey.

These skills will be learned during weekly practices, scrimmages, and tournaments. One of the best ways to develop hockey skills is by physically playing the game. Coaches, teammates, and opponents all provide critical examples and learning experiences to players who wish to advance their abilities and continue to develop and progress as competitive sled hockey players.

Intermediate

The Intermediate Team is open to anyone to adults of any age or disability. The primary goal of Intermediate practices is to provide a supportive environment where volunteers assist each player in whatever manner is most helpful and encouraging to him or her. As in the Novice level, coaches and volunteers are on hand to help players move along the ice, develop stick handling skills and learn the game of sled hockey. For players who need additional support physically or emotionally, an optional push bar is attached to the sleds to assist volunteers in providing a safe, inclusive on-ice experience.

Players on the Intermediate team may use this experience as a therapeutic one or elect to join our competitive team that travel and participates in the North East Sled Hockey League. There are no skill requirements for participation on this team.

Intermediate players of all abilities will gain experience participating in a team sport and enjoy socializing with peers while developing their bodies and minds

Seniors

The focus of the Mighty Penguins Senior Team is to develop skills of each player to continue to strive to reach their potential in the sport. The Senior Team is comprised of athletes who demonstrate an extremely high level of understanding and ability in the sport of sled hockey. Players must be able to withstand the demanding level of physicality during games and scrimmages. The team participates in the North East Sled Hockey League.

Sled hockey is a tough game. As with stand up hockey, the game is physically demanding at the competitive level. On and off the ice, players work hard to develop the skills and stamina to compete. If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a sport on the national stage, the Mighty Penguins Senior Team can be a gateway for selection to one of three national sled hockey teams: US National Sled Hockey Team, US Development Team, & US Women’s Team!