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Blind Hockey FAQs

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: 

  • Typically, totally blind athletes play goal (or defense); lower sighted athletes play defense; and higher sighted athletes play forward.
  • The puck is bigger, slower and makes noise compared to a traditional puck so the players can locate it. 
  • Custom 3 foot high nets are used rather than the traditional 4 foot nets to keep the puck low and near the ice so it can make noise and be tracked aurally.
  • Teams must complete one pass in the attacking zone prior to being able to score. This provides both the low vision defense and the goalie an extra opportunity to track the puck.
  • An on ice official uses a different whistle to indicate that a pass has been completed and the attacking team is eligible to score.
  • Tag-up off-sides is used with the assistance of verbal communication from on ice officials. The game is played with standard IIHF safety protocols including no-touch icing, and crease violations to ensure utmost player safety.
  • All players must wear full protective gear including face mask.