Partnership with the
GRAND RAPIDS SLED WINGS
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Department and the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation partner to offer the Sled Wings hockey program to athletes with physical disabilities. The program consists of an adult and junior team.
Each season the Sled Wings and Jr. Sled Wings travel throughout the United States to compete in tournaments. Back-to-back weekly practices are held at the Griffin’s Icehouse for both teams on Saturday mornings. Every winter, the Sled Wings hosts a home tournament, “Griff’s Sled Hockey Classic” to help the program raise money. Along with other fundraising opportunities, the Sled Wings also participate in an annual game against the Grand Rapid’s Griffins (AHL affiliate to the Detroit Red Wings) where the Griffins play in sleds against the Sled Wings.
Sled Hockey shows off some of the state's best disabled athletes.
Each year the MI-UCP Charity Hockey Event features a sled hockey exhibition where a group of able-bodied athletes takes on a group of sled players assembled from The Michigan Sled Dogs, The grand Rapids Sled Wings and The Metro Detroit Sled Hockey Belle Tire Bombers.
The Michigan Sled Dogs and Metro Detroit Sled Hockey Program
These teams are made up of both adult and youth aged disabled athletes playing out of the Taylor SportsPlex. The Sled Dogs has been in the top of the national rankings for several years winning their division twice in the past four years.
The Metro Detroit Sled Hockey Program (the Belle Tire Bombers) is a beginner youth program and is about to play in its first ever tournaments in January of 2023.
Anyone wishing to come out and try sled hockey can contact either of these programs.