The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team continues its preparation for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games with three practices this week at World Arena in Colorado Springs. Team USA skates 1:30-2:30 p.m. MT on Tuesday (Jan. 28), Wednesday (Jan. 29) and Friday (Jan. 31). Media availability follows each practice for players and Jeff Sauer
, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team and former head coach of the Colorado College and University of Wisconsin men’s ice hockey teams.
The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games are set for March 7-16 in Sochi, Russia. Team USA is the defending gold medalist from the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. The U.S. won the bronze medal at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and captured its first gold medal at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Team USA returns eight players from the golden 2010 squad. The list includes goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.), who was voted top goaltender of the 2010 Paralympic Games after not allowing a single goal in five games, and defenseman Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), who was named the best defenseman in Vancouver. Additional Paralympic veterans include defensemen Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa); and forwards Taylor Lipsett (Plano, Texas), Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and Greg Shaw(Merritt Island, Fla.). Cash, Chace, Lipsett and Yohe also received bronze medals at the 2006 Paralympic Games.
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… Team USA’s captain is Andy Yohe
, while its alternate captains are Taylor Chace
and Josh Sweeney
(Phoenix, Ariz.) … The youngest player on the roster is Brody Roybal
(Northlake, Ill.), who turned 15-years old in May and is making his debut on a U.S. National Team. Declan Farmer
turned 16 years old in November … The oldest player on the squad is Andy Yohe
at 35-years old … Four members of the team have served in the U.S. military.Jen Lee
(San Francisco, Calif.) is active duty in the U.S. Army. Rico Roman
(Portland, Ore.) is a U.S. Army veteran, while Paul Schaus
(Buffalo, N.Y.) and Josh Sweeney
served in the U.S. Marine Corps … Dan Brennan
, director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team … Guy Gosselin
(Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein
(Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese
(Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment managerJoel Isaacson
2014 Paralympic Winter Games Schedule
March 7-16 – Sochi, Russia – Shayba Arena
||Team USA vs.
|Sat., March 8
|Sun., March 9
|Tues., March 11
|Thurs., March 13
|Sat., March 15