Established by 1998 Paralympian Mike Doyle, the Hammerheads were the first sled hockey team founded in the Delaware Valley. Doyle is a double-amputee who once played for a U.S. team that took the Silver Medal in sled hockey in Nagano, Japan. The Hammerheads, then known as the Atlantic Hammerheads, drew players from as far away as South Jersey and Jersey Shore regions.
In 2006, the Hammerheads Sled Hockey Association became a 501 (c)(3). Our mission is to empower the physically disabled by providing barrier-free access to the competitive sport of sled hockey. Our goal is to promote skill development, fitness, sportsmanship and personal improvement within a team sport. We also strive to create a welcoming and accepting social environment for players and their peers with physical limitations. All ice time is funded by various grants and fundraising activities.
In 2020, the Hammerheads adult program was created and absorbed most of the players from the defunct Flyers Sled Hockey Team. Our adult team plays in the NHL Sled Classic, NESHL (NorthEast Sled Hockey League), and both our junior and adult teams play in The London Blizzard Sled Hockey Tournament in Ontario, Canada, The New England Sled Hockey Invitational Tournament in Massachusetts, and Disabled Fest, the national sled hockey tournament.
Currently we have 16 youth players and 21 adult players. Gabby Graves-Wake our goalie, is also the current US Women’s National Sled Team goalie, Tim Jones has a gold medal from the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics and a bronze from the 2006 Turin Paralympics, and Daniel McDevitt is a former National Team player.
If you’re interested in trying a new adaptive sport, please contact us at [email protected]
Brian Olsen, President ([email protected])
Tim Jones, Vice President
Kristi Cauvin, Treasurer
Chris Deely, Secretary/Communications
Athan Blaine, Coach
Email: [email protected]
10990 Decatur Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154