Team USA opens season at World Sledge Hockey Challenge

By USA Hockey | Nov. 29, 2012, 3 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team kicks off its 2012-13 campaign at the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alta., Dec. 2-8. In addition to Team USA, the tournament includes Canada, Japan and Norway.

Team USA has won the last three major international events, including the 2009 International Paralympic Committee World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic; the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.; and the 2012 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Hamar, Norway.

Goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.), defenseman Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and forward Alexi Salamone (Buffalo, N.Y.) – who were each named to the all-tournament team at the 2012 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship – highlight the U.S. squad. For the complete tournament roster, click here.

The U.S. has participated in each of the five previous World Sledge Hockey Challenge tournaments, with one title to its credit, that in 2009.

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2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

Dec. 2-8 - Calgary, Alta. - Markin MacPhail Centre






Time (Local/EST)

Sun., Dec. 2


12:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 3


7:00 p.m./9:00 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 5


7:00 p.m./9:00 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 6


12:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m./9:00 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 8

Third-Place Game

12:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.

Championship Game

5:00 p.m./7:00 p.m.