Since its debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games, the Paralympic version of ice hockey has quickly become one of the largest attractions for spectators. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by male and female athletes. At a league level in the UK the sport is played by both Disabled and Able Bodied players on the same team. At an international Paralympic level, it is played by players with a physical impairment in the lower part of the body.
It follows the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with modifications. 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.
In 2016, the sport was renamed and rebranded from IPC Ice Sledge Hockey to Para Ice Hockey.
In July 2022, the British Para Ice Hockey Association, and the English Ice Hockey Association, entered into a joint agreement to bring the sport of Para Ice Hockey under the EIHA as the newly formed EIHA Para Ice Hockey Section.