Overview

The United States enters the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as two-time defending Paralympic gold medalists. Dan Brennan, USA Hockey's director of sled hockey, will once again serve as general manager (2010 - gold, 2014 - gold). Guy Gosselin will serve as head coach and be joined by assistant coach David Hoff

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. Over the last two Paralympic Winter Games, the U.S. has allowed just three goals, a span that includes 10 overall games -- including all five games of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
  • 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 goaltender Steve Cash; defensemen Nikko Landeros and Josh Pauls; and forward Adam Page