Sled Hockey


Preview
The United States enters the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as two-time defending Paralympic gold medalists. After going undefeated and unscored upon to claim the gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, Team USA became the first nation to claim back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in sled hockey when it defeated Russia, 1-0, in the gold-medal game of the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. Over the last two Paralympic Winter Games, the U.S. has outscored opponents, 32-2 and registered eight shutouts en route to claiming nine of its 10 games.

This past season, Team USA earned a silver medal at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea, following a run of six-straight major international titles that included the 2016 (December) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, P.E.I.; the 2016 IPC Sled Hockey Pan-Pacific Championship in Buffalo, New York; the 2016 (January) 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 2017-18 season as world championship silver medalists after claiming six-straight major international titles from 2014-16.
  • 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

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 six world championships, he’s collected three golds, two silvers and one bronze medal. Statistically, Cash holds nearly ever U.S. goaltending record to date.

Declan Farmer
A gold medalist at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and three-time world championship medalist (gold – 2015, silver – 2017, 2013), Farmer sits either atop or in the top three of nearly every U.S. skater statistic, including goals, assists, and points in both single-season and career records. Last season, Farmer established new U.S. world championship records for most goals (12) and points (18) in a single world championship while also setting new career-tournament championship records in goals (22) and points (33).

Nikko Landeros 
A two-time Paralympic gold medalist (2010, 2014) and four-time world championship medalist (gold – 2015, 2012; silver – 2017, 2013), Landeros enters the 2017-18 season having served as an alternate captain for the past two seasons. Ranks top 10 in both career assists and points.

Josh Pauls 
A two-time Paralympic gold medalist (2010, 2014) and four-time world championship medalist (gold – 2015, 2012; silver – 2017, 2013). Pauls, also an alternate captain the past two seasons, was named the Best Defenseman at the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship and 2016 IPC Pan-Pacific Championship.

Brody Roybal
A gold medalist at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and three-time world championship medalist (gold – 2015, silver – 2017, 2013), Roybal helped the U.S. claimed gold at the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship as well as a silver medal a year ago. In just four seasons on the national team, has claimed 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 points, all of which rank top 10 in U.S. history.


Qualification

The U.S. earned an automatic qualification for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 by finishing second at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea.


Selection

After an initial tryout in July 2017, the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will be announced by January 1, 2018. Players will be nominated by USA Hockey.


Key Dates

December 1-10, 2017

World Sled Hockey Challenge (Charlottetown, P.E.I)

January 22-27, 2018

Para Ice Hockey International Tournament (Turin, Italy)
February 7-11, 2018 2018 Border Series (Buffalo, N.Y. and Pt. Colborne, Ont.)