Blind / Visually Impaired Hockey

The Blind Hockey Discipline is dedicated to provide opportunities for individuals with visual impairments classified under the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) to play or try the sport of Blind Hockey.

Players' levels of vision range from legally blind - approximately 10% vision or less - to totally blind. Typically, totally blind athletes play goal or defense, lower sighted athletes play defense, and higher sighted athletes play forward. The most significant modification is that the sport features an adapted puck that makes noise and is both bigger and slower than a traditional puck.

Try Blind Hockey for Free Clinic

Try Blind Hockey for Free Clinic

The Try Blind Hockey Clinic at The Rinks - Anaheim ICE is open to disabled athletes looking to try the sport of Blind Hockey for free. All equipment will be provided.

Next session details coming soon. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

More Information
Blind Hockey is an excellent spectator sport as it is easily recognizable to the average hockey fan, with minimal rule adaptations to help with gameplay and player safety.

  • 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.

The Anaheim Ducks and The Rinks are dedicated to growing the sport of blind hockey and supporting the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone┬áinitiative. If you have any questions about the Anaheim Ducks Disabled Hockey Programs, please contact [email protected].