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2017 Para Sled Hockey Worlds Begins This Week

04/10/2017, 1:59pm EDT
By USA Hockey

Team USA Begins Title Defense vs. Sweden Thursday;  All Games to be Live Streamed

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will conclude its 2016-17 campaign at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea, April 13-20. The tournament, which will feature seven days of round-robin play before concluding with medal games on April 20, will take place at the Gangneung Hockey Center and be streamed live at Gangneung2017.com.

Team USA, the tournament's defending champion, seeks to claim back-to-back gold medals in the event for the second time (2009, 2012).

U.S. Schedule

Date (U.S) Opponent Time (ET)/Local U.S. Player of Game
April 12 Sweden W, 7-0 Brody Roybal
April 13 Italy W, 9-1 Declan Farmer
April 15 Germany W, 9-0 Josh Pauls
April 17 Canada W, 2-1 Kevin McKee
April 17 Norway W, 6-0 Tyler Carron
April 19 Korea W, 5-0 Jack Wallace
April 20 Canada
Gold-Medal Game
L, 1-4 Andy Yohe

Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.) will make his international head coaching debut with Team USA at the world championship. Gosselin, who worked alongside the late 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.

NOTES: Labatt USA is a proud sponsor of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … The 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship is doubling as a test event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and the top five teams will automatically qualify for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. ... The United States enters the 2017 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship as defending champion 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 inline and sled hockey national teams for USA Hockey, returns as the general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Joining national team head coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.) behind the 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.), assistant coach Mike Sertich (Duluth, Minn.), 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.


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