"We're excited to get this competition season going," said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "We have a strong group of players and we're eager to see how they come together in Newfoundland. It's been great getting together as a team for training camps, but it doesn't compare to true game experience so we're really looking forward to this tournament."
The U.S. enters the 2019 Para Hockey Cup, previously referred to as the World Sled Hockey Challenge, as five-time defending champions in the event, having won the 2015, 2016 (Jan.), 2016 (Dec.), 2017 and 2018 events. At the 2018 Para Hockey Cup, Team USA earned its fifth-straight title in the event. In the tournament's 12-year history, the U.S. has claimed a record-setting seven titles.
Last season, Team USA skated to a 10-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record that included a perfect performances at the 2018 Para Hockey Cup (5-0-0-0) and the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship (4-1-0-0). The 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Team roster features 15 returnees from the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and two newcomers.
|Date||Opponent||TIME (LOCAL/ET)/Result||LOCATION||Broadcast/Stream||U.S. Player of the Game|
|Sun., Dec. 1||Russia
|W, 3-0||Paradise Double Ice Complex Paradise, Newfoundland||Livestream||Brody Roybal|
|Mon., Dec. 2||Czech Republic
|W, 8-0||Paradise Double Ice Complex Paradise, Newfoundland||Livestream||Josh Pauls|
|Wed., Dec. 4||Canada
|W, 4-1||Paradise Double Ice Complex Paradise, Newfoundland||Livestream||Rico Roman|
|Thurs., Dec. 5||Czech Republic
|W, 8-0||Paradise Double Ice Complex Paradise, Newfoundland||Livestream||Kevin McKee|
|Sat., Dec. 7||TBD
|6:00 p.m. / 4:30 p.m.||Paradise Double Ice Complex Paradise, Newfoundland||TSN|
NOTES: For more information, including game statistics and recaps, on the 2019 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup, click here ... 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.), enters his second season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and is joined by assistant coach Corey Gorder (Bottineau, N.D.). Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.) ... For complete coverage of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, click here.