Sledge hockey may just be the new marquee sport in Nova Scotia.
Hockey Nova Scotia is hosting a showcase at the BMO Centre in Hammonds Plains that will also serve as tryouts for a new Nova Scotia team.
Men and women, ages 14 to 72, came to play at a high performance sledge hockey camp Friday.
Nelson Murrant played regular ice hockey, but started playing sledge hockey when he was 65 years old.
“The rules and regulations are pretty much the same,” he said. “It's just that, I don't know, it's a little bit harder actually.”
Nicole Durand first tried the sport eight years ago and says she fell in love.
“My brother has always played hockey from the time he was little and I always got to go to the rink and watch. I never got to play,” she said. “So being able to play and be on a team is just an incredible feeling.”
The executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia, Darren Cossar, says more people should consider playing.
“I mean it's now like hockey in the Olympics, in the Paralympics, sledge hockey is the marquee sport and it's amazing to see how far it's come.”
The high performance program camp is the first of its kind for the organization.
Players say there are a bunch of misconceptions out there about the sport.
“I think a lot of people think it's just a disabled sport,” says Paralympian Tyler McGregor. “But it's really not. Anyone can play at the recreational level, and we welcome that.”