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2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship To Open in Ostrava This Weekend

By, 04/25/19, 11:00AM EDT


Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA to broadcast all U.S. games; NBCSN to air gold-medal game

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will conclude its 2018-19 campaign at the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship at Ostravar Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Tournament play begins Saturday (April 27) and concludes with bronze- and gold-medal games on May 4.

The 2019 tournament will introduce a new format that places the top four teams in the world rankings forming Group A and the next four in Group B. The top two finishers from Group A will earn a quarterfinal bye to the semifinals. The third-place finisher in Group A will face the second-place finisher in Group B while the other quarterfinal game will place Group A's fourth-place team against Group B's top finisher.

All U.S. games, beginning with its tournament-opening tilt against Canada on Saturday (April 27), will be aired by Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. In addition, all U.S. games, quarterfinals, semifinals and medal games will be streamed live on while the gold-medal game will also be aired by NBCSN tape-delayed on May 4 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The United States enters the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship with a 2018-19 season record of 6-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) that includes capturing the 2019 Para Hockey Cup last December in London, Ontario. To date, the U.S. has won three gold medals (2009, 2012, 2015) in the world championship's nine-year history and seeks its sixth-straight gold-medal game berth. This is the second time the tournament will take place in Ostrava, which hosted the 2009 event where the United States captured its first-ever world championship.

Date Opponent Result U.S. Player of the Game Venue Broadcast
April 27 Canada W, 3-1 Noah Grove Ostravar Arena Olympic Channel - Live
April 28 South Korea W, 4-0 Josh Pauls Ostravar Arena Olympic Channel - Live
April 30 Norway W, 10-0 Luke McDermott Ostravar Arena Olympic Channel - Live
May 3 Czech Republic
W, 10-2 Jack Wallace Ostravar Arena Olympic Channel - Live
May 4 Canada
Gold-Medal Game
OTW, 3-2 Declan Farmer Ostravar Arena Olympic Channel - Live
NBCSN (5:30 p.m. ET)

NOTES: Labatt USA and Toyota are proud sponsors of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... The U.S. roster for the 2018-19 season was named in July and is led by captain Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and alternate captains Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) ... U.S. forward and 2014 Paralympic gold medalist Josh Sweeney (Portland, Ore.) will not participate in the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship due to injury ... 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 ... Joining Hoff behind the bench is assistant coach Corey Gorder (Bottineau, N.D.). Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein(Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.), equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and communications director Jon Gomez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ... A year ago, Team USA captured an unprecedented third straight gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea ... For complete coverage of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, click here.

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