Disabilities won’t keep the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team from competing on the world stage at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games
The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will be competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, taking place at the Gangneung Hockey Center in PyeongChang, Korea. Eight teams will take to the ice during the competition, which begins March 9 through March 18.
The United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team represents the U.S. at the Paralympic Winter Games. The team enters the tournament as the two-time defending champions, after claiming the gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010.
The event is held every four years, and directly follows the Winter Olympic Games in the same city that hosts them. First held in 1976 in Ornskoldvsik, Sweden, sled hockey was introduced to the Games in 1994. To date, the United States has captured four medals, including three gold medals (2014, 2010, 2002) and one bronze medal (2006), and is the first nation to ever claim back-to-back gold medals in the event.
Team USA, which is competing in Group B alongside the Czech Republic, Japan and host South Korea, will open tournament play on Sunday, March 11, against Japan.
Guy Gosselin, of Grafton, Wis., who led Team USA to a silver medal at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea, will serve as head coach of the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.
The 17-player roster for the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team includes 10 players who won the gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The roster is led by captain Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.); alternate captains Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.); and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.). All four were members of the gold-medal-winning 2014 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.
USA Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States and has the responsibility to select and train teams for international competition, including the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For more information, including game and practice schedules, visit their website, teamusahockey.com