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Ontario Winter Games’ sledge hockey fast, rugged and entertaining

GRAVENHURST — If you wondered why  they’re adding Graeme Murray’s name to the Centennial Centre, check out the Ontario Winter Games sledge hockey tournament on this weekend at the rink.

Call it close arms combat as players vie for the puck off a faceoff.

Call it close arms combat as players vie for the puck off a faceoff.

It’s fast, rugged and entertaining to watch.

End-to-end action that will amaze and pain you watching them dig their stick heels into the ice as they skate up and down chasing the puck.

And call is close arms combat – as the men and women (all with some form of physical disability) battle for the puck in and under their sleds.

It’s good hockey and there are games all three days, Friday (round-robin) with the all-star Ontario regional teams; the semifinals are Saturday and the medal games Sunday morning.

Murray, who just arrived Friday morning in Sochi for the Paralympic Games that start in two weeks, is missing some good hockey.

The Ontarion regional Games teams are mixed men and women.

The Ontarion regional Games teams are mixed men and women.

But he know all about it as a veteran member of the Canadian National Sledgehockey Team.

Now it’s your turn to learn about it.

See it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

And get out to any of the Games.

See opening ceremonies story elsewhere on MuskokaTODAILY, for more details.

Or go to their website.

And if you’re in Huntville at 5 p.m. Friday’s Canada’s snowboard golden girl Dara Howell is coming home for a big celebration at the RiversidePark downtown across from the Algonquin Theatre.

See photo gallery below for more action – click photos to enlarge fully.

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