International Institute for Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Landmine Survivors is a Tufts-affiliated non-profit organization, which strives to help landmine survivors to regain the quality of life.

Origins of Amputee Hockey
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Amputee Hockey World Team

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The host and the guest teams, Czech Republic, Prague, October 14, 2003

October 20, 2003 | Czech Republic Becomes 5th Country with Amputee Hockey Team
In collaboration with the Sparta Club, The Czech Sports Organization for Physically Disabled, the Russian Disabled Hockey Federation, and the Finnish Standing Ice Hockey Association, the International Institute for Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Landmine Survivors (IPRLS) organized a 10-minute exhibition match of amputee standing ice hockey. The match was played during the first intermission of Sparta's scheduled match on October 14, 2003, at the T-Mobile Sparta Ice Arena in Prague. Read the full version of October 14 press release here >>

James Pfeiffer of Boston and the specialists: St. Petersburg Albecht Center team, which developed and made James' special suit, November 2002

September 20, 2003 | Five-years of US-Russian Partnership Program in Prosthetics and Rehabilitation
On July 24, 2003, the International Institute for Prosthetic Rehabilitation of landmine Survivors (IPRLS), Tufts University School of Medicine, and the New England Sinai Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (NESHRC), in collaboration with Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society/Association for the Study and Application of the Methods of Ilizarov-North America, conducted US-Russian Symposium on Ilizarov Method in Acute Trauma. The Symposium marked a five-year collaboration under the US-Russian Partnership Program in Prosthetics and Rehabilitation, established in 1998 between Tufts and St. Petersburg Albrecht Center for Occupational Expertise, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation. Read the BostonGlobe Article >>

August 12, 2003 | How It All Started
View a QuickTime(C) movie about the origins of Amputee Hockey:
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  • After the game: April 1, 2003

    April 25, 2003 | Seven landmine survivor leg amputees, who were the delegates of the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines (ICBL) Intersessional Standing Committees Meeting in Geneva, came from St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 1, 2003 two days before the meeting started.
    They rushed to the Skating rink of Vernets to be in time for the Genève-Servette - Rapperswil (Bern). They have been there not as spectators, but rather as participants in a unique demonstration. Read more >>


    The first US-Russian Amputee Hockey Match. May 10, 2002, St. Petersburg, Russia.

    December 1, 2002 | Beginning of Amputee Hockey and Participation of Amputee Hockey Players in the Public Events: the article was published in the journal of Russian prosthetists and orthotists's guild, Vestnik, 4(10)2002, pp. 68-71. It was also posted at ICBL website.


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    Dr.Konstantin Scherbina, Deputy Director of the Albrecht Institute, Dr. Mark Pitkin, Director of the IPRLS, and Dr. Timur Chiminava, Head of the Children Amputee Clinic of the Albrecht Institute with recent pediatric patients.

    February 26, 2002 | New techniques in stump revision and reconstruction developed at the St. Petersburg Albrecht Institute of Prosthetics are applied to children with traumatic and congenital stump complications and abnormalities.
    These techniques allow for successful prosthetic management and rehabilitation. Strategies and medical indications for microsurgical reimplantation to form load-bearing stumps were among the topics of a special meeting conducted on February 19, 2002 at the Albrecht Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Vladimir Kulemin
and the St. Petersburg Albrecht Institute of Prosthetics
rehabilitation team

    January 19, 2002 | Vladimir Kulemin, who lost both legs in a landmine explosion in Afganistan, has underwent reconstructive surgery and received new prosthetic legs at the St. Petersburg Albrecht Institute of Prosthetics. (O&P Buisness News story)

    December 28, 2001 | US Civilian Research & Development Foundation has selected Proposal #11030 ("Biomechanical Evaluation of the Prosthetic Rolling Joint Foot and Development of a Methodology to Minimize the Pressure on Stump") for an award under the 2001 Cooperative Grants. Co-principal invistigators for the study are Konstantin Scherbina, MD, Sci. D., and Mark Pitkin, Ph.D.

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    Amputee Hockey World Team salutes other participants of the Night of a Thousand Dinners

    November 27-28 | Current IPRLS Project: Amputee Hockey World Team (AHWT).
    A recently formed team performed at the Russian National Rehabilitation Congress in St. Petersburg. Story).
    A registered event of the Night of a Thousand Dinners, the game between the World Team and a team of Russian able-bodied players ended in a win for AHWT: 7:6! After the match, AHWT players met with a group of Russian kids (

    St. Petersburg Elks take to ice in Helsinki, Finland

    September 29, 2001 | St. Petersburg Elks flew to Helsinki, Finland for a demonstration match at the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War International Conference on Small Arms Prevention. Read about the match and IPRLS participation at the Conference in the October 1 Press Release.

    While in Helsinki, Dr. Pitkin, IPRLS director, met with Academician Eugeny Chazov, Co-Founder of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). This photograph was taken during the reception at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. From the left: Chazov, Pitkin.

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