OUR MISSION & VISION.
Enable para-athletes of all abilities who use a power wheelchair to participate in the sport of powerhockey by developing and supporting leagues from the local recreational level up to and including a high-performance national program.
Create a strong, inclusive network of powerhockey leagues across Canada and develop into the best powerhockey nation in the world.
OUR GOALS & OBJECTIVES.
- Create a network of leagues across Canada where every league has a voice and role in achieving the broader mission.
- Create an overall consistent experience for players, coaches, and volunteers across the country while recognizing the need to potentially tailor aspects of the sport to the needs of the local-level leagues.
- Develop a national high-performance training program and represent powerhockey on the international stage.
- Support leagues by creating a national marketing strategy and looking for ways to obtain funding through government grants and corporate sponsorship.
High-Performance Training Program
We will help support the growth of existing leagues across the country by providing tools and guidance, sharing best practices across leagues. Developing new leagues across Canada by expanding into untapped markets where a need is identified and potential players exist is essential to the growth of powerhockey. PowerHockey Canada aims to help support leagues through funding initiatives and distribute these funds equally across leagues.
The development of a national high-performance training program for the elite para-athletes is vital for future international endeavours and putting forward a team that can compete on the world stage. Enabling para-athletes from across the country to convene for a training camp will aide in building their skills, becoming more and more familiar with the international rules, developing strategies, and creating team synergy. PowerHockey Canada would endeavour to support leagues in sourcing funding to ensure no undue financial burden on any one league for expenses associated with participation.
In November 2019, PowerHockey Canada sent a group of 14 para-athletes and two coaches, along with 10 support persons, to Sydney, Australia to compete in the 2019 Australian Powerchair Hockey Club Championships. The tournament was the inaugural Australian national championship and was a great success. PowerHockey Canada sent two teams, Canada Black and Canada Red. The teams had an outstanding tournament and finished 3rd and 4th Place respectively.
From July 11-14, 2019, five powerhockey teams from across North America competed in Toronto to become the inaugural PowerHockey Canada Cup champions! All the action took place at Humber College, featuring top para-athletes facing off for four days of intense competition! Visit the 2019 PowerHockey Canada Cup website to relive and rewatch this historic event!
Rules of the Sport
Powerhockey is generally played on a basketball court (hardwood floor) in a gymnasium. The games consist of three 15 minute periods. Each team has 5 players on the court in total, including the goaltender. Players are ranked on a Level 1-3 ranking system (based on physical ability) to help keep the sport as inclusive as possible:
Level 1 players – have full upper body strength and range of motion.
Level 2 players – have less mobility, but still have some upper body strength.
Level 3 players – have little to no upper body strength or mobility.
Each team can only have one Level 1 on the floor at a time and must have a Level 3 on the
floor in either a Forward or Defence position.
Oftentimes recreational local-level leagues tailor specific rules to meet the demographic of their group.
Take a look at the PowerHockey Canada Cup rules here.