The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will take on Canada in a home-and-home series this week in its final tune-up ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games next March. The United States will host Canada at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York on Thursday (Feb. 8), before meeting Canada at the Vale Health and Wellness Center in Port Colborne, Ontario on Saturday (Feb. 10).
"We're looking forward to competing against Canada this week," said Dan Brennan, general manager of the 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "We had a great tournament in Italy last month and with our players training hard in Chicago, this will be another great test before the Paralympics next March."
The series is the third international competition of the season for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, which just captured the 2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament in Turin, Italy, last month. The win in Italy came after the team opened the 2017-18 campaign in December by claiming an unprecedented fourth-straight World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
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Notes: Deloitte, Labatt USA and Toyota are proud sponsors of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team was announced on Jan. 1, 2018, and can be seen here. Highlighting the roster is captain Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.); alternate captains Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.); and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) ... A year ago, 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 (Dec.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, P.E.I.; the 2016 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey 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 national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team ... Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), a two-time U.S. Olympian (1988, 1992) and USA Hockey's regional manager of the American Development Model, is in his first season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and third stint overall with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Joining Gosselin behind the bench is assistant coach David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.) while additional U.S. staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).