The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will host Canada this weekend in a two-game series at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina.
Both games, which will include a 3:30 p.m. ET faceoff on March 22 and a 4:00 p.m. ET tilt on March 23, will be streamed live on HockeyTV. Fans can attend both games free of charge while live streaming by HockeyTV will be available at USAHockey.HockeyTV.com. Team USA will be led by captain Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.), alternate captains Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.); and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.). For the complete U.S. roster, click here.
The United States will conduct practices beginning Wednesday, March 20, prior to its meetings against Canada. The Series marks the second international competition of the season for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team after capturing an unprecedented fifth-straight Para Hockey Cup in London, Ontario, with a 5-4 championship game victory over Canada last December.
The Series will serve as a final tuneup ahead of the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship that will be held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, from April 27-May 4. Taking place for the 10th time, the United States will enter the event seeking its fourth gold-medal after claiming the 2009, 2012 and 2015 world championships. This is the second time the tournament will take place in Ostrava, where the United States captured its inaugural world championship gold medal in 2009.
|Wed., March 20||Practice||7:30-9:15 p.m.|
|Thurs., March 21||Practice||10:15-11:45 a.m.|
|Thurs., March 21||Practice||6:00-7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., March 22||Pre-Game Skate||9:00-9:30 a.m.|
|Fri., March 22||Game vs. Canada||L, 3-4|
|Sat., March 23||Pre-Game Skate||9:45-10:15 a.m.|
|Sat., March 23||Game vs. Canada||W, 4-1|
With the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team set to compete against Canada and the U.S. Women's Development Sled Hockey Team having completed its season last month, the U.S. Men's Development Sled Hockey Team will meet and train in Nashville this weekend.
The three days of training, which will include five practices in total, will take place at Ford Ice Center serve as the team's final preparation ahead of the Defi Sportif event that will host a three-game series between the men's development sled hockey teams for both the United States and Canada.
A year ago, the three-game series at the Defi Sportif event saw the U.S. claim two victories. After opening the Series with a 2-1 victory, the U.S. faced a 2-1 setback before closing the series with a 4-0 shutout.
Serving as head coach for the U.S. Men's Development Sled Hockey Team is Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.), who helped the U.S. capture its first-ever gold medals at both the Paralympic (2002) and World Championship (2009) stage. For the full U.S. roster, click here.
|Date||Time (ET)||Ford Ice Center Sheet|
|Thurs., March 21||7:00-8:30 p.m.||South Rink|
|Fri., March 22||9:00-10:30 a.m.||South Rink|
|Fri., March 22||3:30-5:00 p.m.||Main Rink|
|Sat., March 23||9:00-10:30 a.m.||South Rink|
|Sat., March 23||3:00-4:00 p.m.||North Rink|
Notes: Labatt USA and Toyota are proud sponsors of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Both the U.S. National and Men's Development Team practices will be open to the public at Extreme Ice Center (N.C.) and Ford Ice Center (Tenn.) ... Media interested in attending should contact Jon Gomez, manager of communications for USA Hockey ... Following the series, the United States will return to Indian Trail, N.C., from April 11-14 for its final training camp ahead of the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship ... A year ago, Team USA captured an unprecedented third-straight gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea ... Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), USA Hockey's Northern Plains District Coach-In-Chief and assistant coach of last year's gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, is in his first season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team For complete coverage of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, click here.