THE BASICS

To gain some insight into powerhockey, check out the questions below and learn about the sport.

What is powerhockey?

Powerhockey is a parasport for individuals with physical disabilities that use a power wheelchair in their everyday life. The sport is inclusive by nature, allowing para-athletes of varying disabilities to participate together, regardless of gender or age.  Para-athletes are able to compete to the best of their ability and excel in a competitive sports environment. Off the floor, the sport fosters lifelong friendships and relationships that cross borders, creating a strong, tight-knit community.

What is PowerHockey Canada?

PowerHockey Canada is a new not-for-profit national organization that is focused on growing the sport of powerhockey at a grassroots level across the nation as well as developing a high-performance training program in order to better prepare our para-athletes for international competitions. PowerHockey Canada has officially sanctioned this inaugural tournament.

Where is powerhockey played around the world?

Powerhockey is played in many countries! The sport is played in both Canada and the United States as well as in European countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Finland, Czech Republic, Belgium, among others, and even as far away as Australia! The North American and European games differ somewhat when it comes to rules, however at their core are the same sport.

Is powerhockey competitive?

Absolutely!  The sport is fast-paced and action-packed, with para-athletes demonstrating immense skill, whether it be as a forward, defence, or goaltender. You’ll be in awe and at the edge of your seat witnessing all that is powerhockey!

What equipment is used and where are games played?

To play powerthockey, players are required to use a power wheelchair. Wheelchairs are not allowed to exceed 14.5kph (9mph). Most often a floorball style of stick is used by players who are able to hold onto their stick as they are lightweight and improve their ability. Players that attach their stick to their chair oftentimes use a standard floor hockey stick. A lightweight, hollow plastic ball with holes in it, more commonly known as a floorball ball, is used. Games are usually played on a hardwood court or occasionally a sport court. The playing area is 15.25m (50ft) wide by 30.5m (100ft) long and surrounded by 30cm (12in) high covered high-density foam boards to keep the ball in play.

What are the basic rules?

Powerhockey is a team sport for para-athletes that use a power wheelchair. Teams are comprised of twelve (12) players maximum with a total of five (5) on the floor at a time, including the goaltender. Players are ranked on their level of abilities from 1 to 3. A Level 1 player is deemed the most skilled and teams are only permitted to have one Level 1 on the floor at a time. A Level 3 player has less physical abilities and oftentimes attaches their stick their wheelchair. A team must have a Level 3 player on the floor at all times, not including the goaltender. It’s important to note that players that are ranked a Level 3 are integral parts of a team’s chemistry and strategy defensively as they have exceptional skills with positioning and are therefore tough opponents to play against.

Games consist of three (3) periods that are 15 minutes in length each. If the score is tied at the end of regulation time during a playoff game it will go to sudden-death overtime. If the score remains tied after the overtime period a shootout will occur to determine the winning team.

The rules of powerhockey in North America are similar to that of ice hockey. There are slight differences in order to adapt it to powerhockey such as the inclusion of penalties like Dangerous Driving and Tipping. The entire rulebook can be found here.