About Us

The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL) is Michigan's only adaptive wheelchair floor hockey league. The purpose of this league is to provide an appropriate means for persons in wheelchairs to have the opportunity to play in a competitive hockey league and have the chance to engage in the camaraderie and excitement of the sport. Our league includes both males and females in electric and manual wheelchairs ranging in age from 10-65. The WCHL currently has 30 players, divided into four teams.

Players, both males & females range in age from 10 to 60+ and have a variety of disabilities that include Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Arthrogryposis & Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones).

Our games are played 4 on 4 with goalies. Our season is 12 weeks in length, culminating with two playoff rounds of "best of three games" to decide our Jason Drapinski Memorial Cup Champions! Our seasons are played over the course of nine months (October through June).

Players use a variety of sticks to play, depending on their upper body strength and ability to grip the stick. Some players add a dowel though the blade of their stick to help with ball control and other players use "V" Stick. "V" Sticks are two sticks fastened together, with the blades forming a V, and strapped to the player's chair frame.

The league was developed and is operated by the players with the assistance of parents and volunteers. The WCHL holds many annual events throughout the year, including an All-Star Game, Awards Banquet, Season, Playoffs and Game On Ice.

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Regular Season Schedule

OCTOBER
Date Times Home Team Away Team
6th 1:00PM VS
13th 1:00PM VS
27th 01:00PM VS
NOVEMBER
Date Times Home Team Away Team
3rd 1:00PM VS
17th 01:00PM VS
24th 1:00PM VS
DECEMBER
Date Times Home Team Away Team
8th 1:00PM VS
15th 01:00PM VS
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Teams

Standings

Pos Team W L T Pts
1
2 0 0 4
2
1 2 0 2
3
1 2 0 2

Results



October 13th, 2019

5


11
October 27th, 2019

7


8
November 3rd, 2019

10


7

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Season Stats Leaders

Points
Kevin Konfara 29
Tristan Parent 27
Clay Martin 18
Anthony Theuer 15
Jeff Fleshner 13
Goals
Tristan Parent 23
Kevin Konfara 18
Clay Martin 14
Anthony Theuer 13
Jeff Fleshner 6
Assists
Kevin Konfara 11
Jeff Fleshner 7
Jordan Zmich 5
Clay Martin 4
Tristan Parent 4
Goals Against Average - WILL BE ADDED ONCE QUALIFIED!
Brendan Nienhaus 0
Dean Olivas 0
Ezra Zabawa 0
Brian Ulewicz 0
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Frequently Asked Questions

Question Answer
How is wheelchair hockey different from conventional hockey? While wheelchair hockey is very similar in rules and form when compared to conventional hockey there are some differences. For instance, a hollow plastic whiffle ball is used instead of a puck and plastic or composite hockey sticks are used instead of wooden sticks. There are reason for these changes is that a great deal of electric wheelchair users have reduced upper body strength and would not be able to move their equipment and the ball without immense difficulty.

If a player is unable to hold their stick they may attach it to their wheelchair with some adaptations so that they may be able to participate in the game. Specialized brackets for stick positioning attached to a power wheelchair coupled with adaptations to the blade of the stick (i.e. V-sticks, plastic dowel through conventional blade, etc.) can make it possible for a player who is unable to hold a hockey stick to participate effectively in the game of PowerHockey. In addition to these changes there are different penalties based around driving an electric wheelchair and other unique safety issues. For the full rules used by the WCHL, check out our rules section.
Who plays wheelchair hockey? Also referred to as PowerHockey, the majority of players in the sport are people who use electric wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility. However, there are some players who may use a manual wheelchair regularly or have some significant reliance on adaptive equipment for their daily mobility.

The guidelines surrounding player eligibility vary greatly from league to league. Since PowerHockey is currently being played in one form or another in seventeen (17) countries around the world in Australasia, Europe and North America the differences in the game can range from subtle to extreme due to the fact that the sport has been developed, for the most part, independently from other groups.
Can I play PowerHockey? The best way to find out is to contact us for more information. Players must be at least 10 years old. We have no age limit. Wheelchair hockey is a game that even those with "profound" physical disabilities have been able to play and even excel at. It is not uncommon for players who attach their sticks to their wheelchairs to become very high calibre players even by international standards.
When and where do you play your games? For our full schedule, Click Here
When is registration and how much does it cost to play? Our season registration takes place in September and player dues are $150 per season.
Is wheelchair hockey a serious game? The game of wheelchair hockey can be quite serious and it can be as intense as any other hockey game you can see. The game can vary in intensity from a friendly pickup game all the way to the intensity of international competition. It all depends on the circumstances and the players involved.
There is already sled hockey in the Paralympic Games. Is Wheelchair Hockey really necessary? The sport of sled hockey requires average to above average upper body strength and coordination to play. However, the great majority of our players do not possess either the strength or the coordination necessary to take part in it due to their disabilities. There are currently no team sports offered by the Paralympic Committee specifically for power wheelchair users. Wheelchair hockey allows people who would otherwise not be able to take part in other sports the opportunity to compete and be part of a team.

WCHL Board


Dean Olivas
Commissioner
734-560-3890
dean@thewchl.com

Katie Frayer
Deputy Commissioner
katie@thewchl.com

Anthony Theuer
Director of Marketing

Clay Martin
Director of Player Personnel
clay@thewchl.com