Monday, May 9, 2016, 4:23PM
The Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Program is excited and proud to announce its acceptance into the Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) beginning with the 2016-17 season. The NESHL was established in 2005 as the first-ever organized, multi-state, adult sled hockey league in the United States with teams and athletes coming from Maine to Maryland.
The NESHL continuously look to solicit new players and to further the awareness of sled hockey, and people with disabilities. Along with providing a structured, competitive, sled hockey league, the individual benefits to NESHL athletes is invaluable. The NESHL not only improves a player's physical fitness but provides an environment to promote and improve their independence, assist with building their life skills, and improving their quality of life. The lessons taught through competing assist the individual to better manage life's ups and downs while stressing the value of maintaining a positive attitude.
The NESHL is the Largest and Oldest Sled Hockey League in the Country. It is a co-ed League with 200 plus participants with ages ranging from 12-65 supported by friends, family, and fans. All NESHL players have some form of mobility impairment. Including 22% of its players being Disabled Veterans of whom most have been recently injured while serving our Country.
Beginning with the 2016-17 season the NESHL will consist of 15 Teams in Two Divisions covering the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions (ME, NH, MA, VT, CT, NY, NJ, PA, OH, MD, VA). Next season the NESHL will be expanding by 4 teams. In addition to the Boston Shamrocks, the league will be adding the Mighty Penguins (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Ohio United (North Olmsted, Ohio) and the Long Island Roughriders (Bethpage, New York) to its current teams of Bennett Blazers (Baltimore, Maryland), Gaylord Wolfpack (Newington, Connecticut), Northeast Passage Wildcats (Durham, New Hampshire), New England Warriors (Lewiston, Maine), New Jersey Freeze (Randolph, New Jersey), New York Rangers (Tarrytown, New York), Philadelphia Flyers (Cobbs Creek, Pennsylvania), USA Warriors (Rockville, Maryland), Vermont Sledcats (South Burlington, Vermont), and Western Mass Knights (Westfield, Mass.).
The NESHL season consists of several regular season regional showcases beginning in September and concluding with a Championship Showcase in March. The Boston Shamrocks will be hosting a 6 team showcase at their home rink, the Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett, Mass., on Saturday, December 17, 2016.