2014 Paralympic Event: Sled hockey
DOB: Nov. 8, 1988
Birthplace: Buffalo, N.Y.
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current Residence: Buffalo, N.Y.
High School: Kenmore West Senior High School (Kenmore, N.Y.) ‘06
Military Service Branch: United States Marine Corps
Military Rank: Corporal
Military Status: Retired
Club Team: Buffalo Sabres
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, gold
- International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, silver (2013)
- 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)
- U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team member, 2011-12
Though retired Marine Corps Corporal Paul Schaus is in just his second season on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, he is already a force to be reckoned with for Team USA. Schaus had both legs amputated above the knee after being injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on a rural patrol in Afghanistan in June 2009. For his sacrifice in combat, Schaus received a Purple Heart. While undergoing rehabilitation at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Schaus was introduced to sled hockey, and he immediately found a passion for the sport. The determined veteran played two seasons (2010-12) with the USA Warriors, an organization that provides ice hockey programs to injured service members.
Schaus has also played with the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team since 2011, having helped the Sabres to two straight USA Hockey Sled Classic Championship titles in 2011 and 2012. After a year on the U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team from 2011-12, Schaus made his first U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for the 2012-13 season. He will be making his Paralympic Winter Games debut in Sochi, less than five years removed from being wounded while in service.
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