The 2016-17 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will train this weekend (March 23-25) at the Ice in Paradise in Santa Barbara, California. The training camp will be Team USA's final preparation for the 2017 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championship that will take place in Gangneung, South Korea. The tournament will be held at Gangneung Center and is doubling as a test event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
The United States enters the 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship as defending champions and winners of six straight major international tournaments.
Head coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.) will be making his international head coaching debut with Team USA at the world championship. Gosselin, who worked alongside former head coach Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.) from 2011-15, helped guide Team USA to gold medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2012 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway, as well as a silver medal at the 2013 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea.
Team USA will hold five practices, all open to the public.
|Thurs., March 23||Practice||7:00-8:15 p.m.|
|Fri., March 24||Practice||9:00-10:15 a.m.|
|Sat., March 25||Practice||10:00-11:15 a.m.|
The 2016-17 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team is led by captain Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) and alternate captains Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.). In addition to Landeros and Pauls, the U.S. roster includes two other two-time Paralympic gold medalists, including forward Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.). For the complete 2016-17 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.
NOTES: Labatt USA is a proud sponsor of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … Many members of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will participate in the 2017 USA Hockey Disabled Festival from April 6-9 at the Solar4America Ice rink in San Jose, California. For more information, click here … The United States enters the 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship as defending champions and winners of six straight major international tournaments, including the 2016 (Dec.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; the 2016 IPC Pan-Pacific Championship in Buffalo, New York; the 2016 (Jan.) 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 ... Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled hockey for USA Hockey, returns as the general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Joining head coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.) behind th bench is assistant coach David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), who is in his first season with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Additional team staff members include athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.), equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.), and team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.). Cortese, Isaacson, and Uihlein have been staff members for the past four seasons.