Wheelchair Hockey Introduction
Matthew F. Gerhardt, Michigan State University
The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL Link) was created to provide an appropriate means for persons in wheelchairs to play hockey and have the chance to engage in the competition and excitement of sport. The WCHL includes players in manual and electric wheelchairs. Players have disabilities such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, and stroke. The league was developed and is run by the players with the assistance of volunteers. A board of directors, consisting of players and one volunteer, makes league decisions.