History of Volt Hockey and the USVHA
Origins of Volt Hockey
Volt hockey first originated in Scandinavia in the 1990s when the Crown Prince of Denmark made a donation to the Danish Disabled Sports Federation to create the new sport. Since then, volt hockey quickly gained in popularity across Scandinavia and Europe for people with upper and lower body physical disabilities such as Muscular Dystrophy, Dwarfism, and Cerebral Palsy.
Introduction in Canada
In the late 2010s, volt hockey made its debut in North America through Variety - The Children's Charity in Ontario, Canada. Thanks to the support of the support of the Toronto Maple Leafs and other charitable organizations, the sport became established throughout much of Canada, including Alberta, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Boston Self Help Center Brings Volt Hockey to the USA
The Boston Self Help Center (BSHC), a non-profit run by and for people with disabilities in the local Boston area, purchased its first set of volt hockey chairs funded through a grant from Northeastern University. After holding a demonstration to disabled locals which garnered interest in the sport, the first official team was established, the Boston Whiplash.
Inaugural Volt Hockey World Cup
Gävle, Sweden welcomed 22 teams consisting of over 200 players from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Canada and the USA for the first ever Volt Hockey World Cup. Over 3 days, teams across 4 competitive divisions played against each other in the hopes of bringing home the biggest prize that volt hockey has to offer.
Formation of the United States Volt Hockey Association
As volt hockey is anticipated to grow rapidly throughout Massachusetts and the rest of the United States, the USVHA was formed to serve as the central source of information and organization for volt hockey in the USA.