NHL Players Try Sledge Hockey For Gatorade Ad

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"They're going to slow us all down!"

That was one Cruisers sledge hockey player's reaction when he found out he'd be sharing the ice with some NHL superstars last August.

Gatorade arranged the game for a touching ad posted to YouTube on Monday.

The ad shows a Cruisers team meeting on the ice before players including Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux, Nathan MacKinnon and Scott Hartnell arrive to try out the sport.

Sledge hockey is a Paralympic sport in which players who have impairments in their lower bodies sit in sleds and pull themselves back and forth across the ice.

It was a fun challenge for the NHL players who are used to skating up straight. Giroux, a centre for the Philadelphia Flyers, said the Cruisers ran "circles around us and embarrassed us."

Meanwhile, Crosby said: "Just seeing the boys and the character and the mental strength, they really are an inspiration for all of us."

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