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Sled Goalie Reichenbach Recognized by TODAY

06/16/2015, 10:15am EDT
By USAHockey.com

Former Navy SEAL and Developmental Player Receives Dream Home Support

With Father's Day quickly approaching, TODAY began its 'Make Your Today Dads' video series yesterday (June 15) by highlighting Bo Reichenbach (Billings, Mont.), a former Navy SEAL and two-time member of the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team.

Reichenbach, who lost both of his legs in 2012 after stepping on an improvised explosive device while in Afghanistan, is in the process of building a home for his family with the help of his father. Aware of his story, the Home Depot Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation surprised Reichenbach with tools for his new workshop and a custom-designed off-road UTV vehicle to better enable father and son to work together.

The video, which can be seen by clicking the link below, highlights Reichenbach's journey from joining the Navy SEALS to his surprise reaction in receiving the tools from the Home Depot Foundation and Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Prior to enlisting with the Navy in 2008, Reichenbach was an avid hockey player, suiting up as a goalie for the Thunder Bay Wolverines. Just three months after the explosion in 2012, the former hockey goalie accepted an invitation back on the ice where he found himself stopping shots from several players of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals, including then-Capitals player Matt Hendricks (Blaine, Minn.), who recently captained the U.S. Men's National Team to a bronze medal at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Three years and nearly 30 surgeries later, the former Navy SEAL recently completed his second season with the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team where he served as an alternate captain and finished the season with a 3-1 record, 1.15 goals against average, .907 save percentage, and one shutout.

He will be among the 60 or so players vying for a spot on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team when tryouts take place this July in Williamsville, New York.

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