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Dr. Gomez Texas sled hocky coach and volunteerDr. Gomez Texas sled hockey coach and volunteer


The History of Sled Hockey:

A direct derivative of Ice Hockey, Sled Hockey was founded in the early 1960’s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical impairment, sought to continue playing the game of hockey. A metal frame sled was modified with two skate blades which allowed the puck to pass underneath the sled and the sport was born.  By 1969, Sweden had a five-team league.

Since its debut at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, Paralympic sled hockey has evolved to become one of the largest attractions for spectators. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by male and female athletes.


STARskaters of Houston, TX was founded by Sugar Land, Texas businessman, Jim O’Neill in 2008.  The organization is comprised of Houston area volunteers, many of whom are hockey players, skating instructors, figure skaters, coaches and officials. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides three main programs.

  1. ★ Sled Hockey
  2. ★ Skate Therapy
  3. ★ STAR skaters


If you know of anyone who could benefit from the STARskaters program, contact us at