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U.S. Nat'l Sled Hockey Team Hosts Canada This Week

03/23/2015, 12:15pm EDT
By USAHockey.com

Series in North Carolina Marks Final Competition Prior to 2015 Sled Worlds

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will take on Canada in a three-game series Thursday through Saturday (Mar. 26-28) at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. The games will serve as Team USA's final international competition prior to the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Buffalo, New York, in April.

"We're looking forward to competing against Canada this week," said Dan Brennan, general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "Our games are always extremely competitive and it should be a great test for our players leading into the World Championships in Buffalo beginning in April."

The series is the second major sled competition of the season. The U.S. previously competed in February when it won the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta. The tournament victory was Team USA's fourth in the last five major international events, including the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Hamar, Norway; the 2012 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta; and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Eleven players that were members of the gold medal-winning 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team highlight the 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, including goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.); defensemen Tyler Carron (Fort Collins, Colo.), Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.); and forwards Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), Dan McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.), Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.), Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.), Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.), and Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.). For the complete U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.

FASTHockey will provide live streaming coverage of all three games during the series. Additionally, live stats and complete coverage of the series can be found here.

2015 USA vs. Canada Sled Series

Mar. 26-28 - Indian Trail, North Carolina - Extreme Ice Center

Date  Opponent   Time (ET)/Result
Mar. 26 Canada W, 2-0
Mar. 27 Canada W, 3-1
Mar. 28 Canada W, 2-0

Notes: Team USA's captain is Josh Sweeney, while its alternate captains are Nikko Landeros and Josh Pauls ... Sam Mumper, first-year member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, will miss the series due to injury ... Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.), currently in his fourth season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, will miss the Sled Series to coach the U.S. Deaflympic Ice Hockey Team in the 18th Winter Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Assistant coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), who also serves as American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, will coach Team USA in the Sled Series ... Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2015 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 manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.) ... For live updates, follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter and join the conversation on social media by using #SledSeries ... The 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships will take place April 26-May 3 at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, New York. For tournament information, click here. For Team USA information, click here.

For more information, contact Jon Gomez (JonG@usahockey.org)

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