Name: Joseph Woodke
Position: Forward
Sport: Sled Hockey
Height: 6-0
DOB: 7/12/1989
Birthplace: Port Hope, Mich.
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
College: Lipscomb University, Business Administration ‘18
Team/Club: Nashville Sled Preds
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2022); one-time Paralympic medalist (1 gold)
  • Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, gold
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2021 – gold
  • Years of participation: 2021
  • Medals: 1 (1 gold)
  • Gold – 2021
Personal: On March 29, 2011, while on foot patrol with the US Marines in Afghanistan, Woodke stepped on an improvised explosive device...He spent more than a year and a half at Walter Reed Medical Center recovering where he met other wounded soldiers during his physical therapy. It was at the hospital he first heard about Para ice hockey...Woodke moved to Nashville, Tennessee to reunite with two of the other wounded US Marines he met at Walter Reed — John Curtain and Ben Maenza. Together, they hit the ice and learned the game of Para ice hockey ...John has always loved the sport of competition and being a part of the best.