Para ice hockey follows in principle the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with modifications.

It is played by male and female Paralympians with a physical impairment in the lower part of the body.

Instead of skates, players use double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath.

Players use two sticks, which have a spike-end for pushing and a blade-end for shooting.

The players on the ice for one team typically consist of three forwards, two defensemen and one goalkeeper and each team tries to score by shooting the puck into its opponent’s goal.

A game consists of three periods of 15 minutes plus overtime and a penalty shootout if required.

Between each regular period there is a 15 minute intermission during which time the ice is resurfaced.

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