Griffins and Sled Wings renew sled hockey game

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The Grand Rapids Griffins and Grand Rapids Sled Wings play at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Courtesy Sam Iannamico

The 15th annual Grand Rapids sled hockey game returns.

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Grand Rapids Sled Wings will face off at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Griff’s IceHouse at Belknap Park, 30 Coldbrook St. NE.

The teams will be a mixture of players from both the Griffins and the Sled Wings’ junior team. The Sled Wings is a team of children and teens who have physical disabilities.

The game will consist of two 20-minute periods with a running clock. During the second period, local media personalities also will be taking shifts on the ice.

The sled hockey game will have traditional hockey rules, but the players will sit on bladed sleds and use shortened hockey sticks with a blade on one end and a pick (similar to a toe-pick on a figure skate) on the other end.

Prior to the game, fans can try out a sled and get autographs from Griffins players. A silent auction will be held with all proceeds going to the Sled Wings program and the Griffins Youth Foundation.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 per person or $20 per family. For more information, visit the Griffins hockey team’s website.

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