Disabilities do not keep the US sled hockey team from competing on the world stage at the Paralympic Winter Games
What is Sled Hockey?
Sled hockey (sledge hockey in Canada and Europe) is a sit-down version of ice hockey for players whose disability prevents them from playing stand-up hockey.
Players are outfitted with a hockey helmet with face mask, and body protection including shoulder pads, shin guards, elbow pads, neck guard, and hockey gloves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the gloves; metal picks are attached to the backside allowing the goalie to maneuver.
The United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team represents the U.S. at the Paralympic Winter Games. The team claimed gold medals 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 five medals, including four gold medals (2018, 2014, 2010, 2002) and one bronze medal (2006), and is the first nation to ever claim back-to-back gold medals in the event.
According to USA Hockey, the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team entered the tournament after winning an unprecedented third-straight Paralympic gold medal, most recently by defeating Canada, 2-1, in overtime in 2018 in PyeongChang.
David Hoff will serve as head coach for the 2022 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team after serving as an assistant coach at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
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
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