"...we can help financially, and spread our shared message through our [media] channels,"
The Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Sweden have collaborated thanks to their shared vision of "hockey is hockey." The aim of the partnership is to broaden interest and recruitment in Para ice hockey.
“It is very important that hockey is for everyone and can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to [play], so [now] we can help financially, and spread our shared message through our [media] channels,” said Jorgen Lindgren, Chief Executive Officer of SHL.
The SHL is looking to help broaden interest and recruitment in practicing the sport.
In Sweden, there are four active clubs in Para ice hockey: Hedemora, Eskilstuna Linden, FIFH Malmo and Nacka HI.
This season is the first time Sweden has an organised league in Para ice hockey. The clubs have met several times per season, playing games against each other that have also seen people without impairments participate. A film crew from SHL.se came out to document one of those meetings.
Women have also been active in the sport, such as Caroline Persson, who is one of very few female players on the Swedish Para ice hockey team.
“We are extremely pleased that SHL chose to clearly expand the concept of Para ice hockey, so that we reach a broader audience and increase our recruitment. For no matter how hockey is played - standing or sitting - it's tough, fun and entertaining,” said Johan Strid, secretary general of NPC Sweden.
More information on the SHL and NPC Sweden’s collaboration in Para ice hockey can be found on the NPC and SHL’s websites.