Sled Hockey


Preview
At the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, the United States became the first nation to claim back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in sled hockey by defeating Russia, 1-0, in the gold-medal game on March 15. Josh Sweeney scored the game-winning goal and Steve Cash made six saves. Overall, the U.S. posted preliminary round wins over Italy (5-1) and South Korea (3-0), plus a semifinal triumph against Canada (3-0). Team USA avenged its only loss, a 2-1 setback versus Russia in the preliminary round, by topping the host country in the gold medal rematch. Including the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. has won six straight major international tournament titles, including the December 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, P.E.I.; the 2016 IPC Sled Hockey Pan-Pacific Championship in Buffalo, New York; the January 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, New York; the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta; and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

 

Storylines

  • Three-Peat: After becoming the first team to claim back-to-back Paralympic gold medals (2010, 2014), the United States now seeks to be the first team to claim three-straight Paralympic gold medals.
  • International Leaders: To date, the U.S. enters the 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship as the winner of six straight major international tournament titles, straight major international tournament title, a streak that began with the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In its winning streak, the U.S. has claimed the December 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, P.E.I.; the 2016 IPC Sled Hockey Pan-Pacifc Championship in Buffalo, New York; the January 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, New York; the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta; and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
  • Veteran Presence: Of the 17 players that won gold at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, 11 are current members of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Among them are four two-time Paralympic gold medalists, including Steve Cash, Nikko Landeros, Adam Page and Josh Pauls.



Athletes To Watch
Declan Farmer
A gold medalist at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship, Farmer sits either atop or in the top three of nearly ever U.S. skater statistic, including goals, assists, and points in both single-season and career records.

Brody Roybal
A gold medalist at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Roybal helped the U.S. claimed gold at the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship. Finished 2014-15 season, his second season on the national team, with a single-season record 13 assists and 20 points that ranked third all-time in a single season.

Josh Pauls 
A two-time Paralympic gold medalist (2010, 2014) and three-time world championship medalist (gold – 2015, 2012; silver – 2013). Pauls was named the Best Defenseman at the last two International Paralympic Committee events (2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship; 2016 IPC Pan-Pacific Championship).

Nikko Landeros 
A two-time Paralympic gold medalist (2010, 2014) and three-time world championship medalist (gold – 2015, 2012; silver – 2013), Landeros has served as an alternate captain the last two seasons. Ranks Top 10 in both career assists and points.

Steve Cash 
A three-time Paralympic medalist (gold – 2010, 2014; bronze – 2006), Cash has only allowed two goals in 10 games of Paralympic play. In five world championships, he’s collected three golds, one silver and one bronze. Statistically, Cash holds nearly ever U.S. goaltending record to date.


Qualification

The top five teams at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championship automatically qualify for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.


Selection

Players will be selected for the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team by attending a tryout that is expected to take place in July 2017. Players will be chosen by USA Hockey.


Key Dates

April 11-20

2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships (PyeongChang, South Korea)