FEMALE NARRATOR: An AMI-tv digital exclusive. [MUSIC…] MALE NARRATOR: Level Playing Field. Sport Explained: Para Ice Hockey FEMALE ANNOUNCER: Para ice hockey rinks are traditional ice hockey rinks but are converted to be accessible for sledges. The ice surface is 60 metres long by 30 metres wide and is surrounded by a wall called boards. There is a Centre red line that divides the
rink in half and two blue lines that create 30-metre defensive
zones for each team. There are nine face-off dots, the main being
at Centre ice. The nets are set in each defensive zone on opposite sides of the ice surface, four
metres from the end boards. Para hockey and ice hockey use the same 2.5-centimetre by 7.6-centimetre vulcanized rubber disk, otherwise known as a puck. But some of the other equipment is quite different. The most notable is the sledge, which players
use to get around the ice surface. A sledge consists of a plastic seat that’s connected to a U-shaped frame made from aluminum or steel. The frame must be at least 80 centimetres
in length and have a maximum height of 20 centimetres from the bottom of the seat to the ice. Beneath the seat are a set of sharpened parallel
blades. The blades range from 16 to 32 centimetres. Players then strap into their seat using plastic
ratchet straps for safety and comfort. The other piece of equipment that sets Para
ice hockey apart are the sticks, which range from 65
centimetres to 100 centimetres in length. Also, players use two sticks while on the
ice. With one in each hand, the sticks are dual-ended. On one side, there are metal picks attached to help players propel themselves around the playing surface. On the other side is a curved blade that’s used for handling and shooting the
puck. And now you’re ready to hit the ice. FEMALE NARRATOR: For more original content
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Level Playing Field: Para Ice Hockey Explained
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