Name: Declan Farmer
2014 Paralympic Event: Sled hockey
DOB: Nov. 5, 1997
Birthplace: Tampa, Fla.
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.
High School: Berkeley Prep School (Tampa, Fla.) ‘16
Club Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, gold
- 2013 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, silver
- Two-time IPC World Sledge Hockey Challenge medalist, gold (2012), silver (2013)
- 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup, 1st
- Two-time U.S. National Sled Hockey Team member (2012-14)
- Skated with USA Patriots squad (2011-12)
Declan Farmer makes his Paralympic debut this season as the second-youngest member of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Farmer, a sophomore at Berkeley Prep School in Tampa, Fla., has been playing sled hockey since age nine. He has already proved an invaluable asset to Team USA, ranking second on the team in points (19) and goals (8) and tying for first in assists (11) for the 2012-13 season. At the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge World Championship in Goyang City, South Korea, he tied for first on Team USA with eight points (4-4) in five games.
Farmer was born a bilateral amputee and first tried out sled hockey at a clinic in Clearwater, Fla. He has competed on several squads since his introduction to the sport, having played on the Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey Team from 2007-13, the Florida Bandits Sled Hockey Team in 2012, and the Spacecoast Hurricanes Youth Sled Hockey Team in 2011. Farmer began to make his mark on the national scene by attending USA Hockey’s Player Development Camps in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and at just 14 years old, he made his first U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for the 2013-14 season.