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U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Opens International Play at 2019 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup

By USA Hockey, 11/26/19, 9:00AM EST

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Game action begins Dec. 1 against Russia

PARADISE, N.L. – The 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will make its season debut at the 2019 Para Hockey Cup next week (Dec. 1-7) in Paradise, Newfoundland at the Paradise Double Ice Complex.

"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.

All games of the 2019 Para Hockey Cup will be streamed online with the exception of the first-place game which will be broadcast on TSN. For more tournament information, click here.

Team USA Schedule

Date Opponent TIME (LOCAL/ET)/Result LOCATION Broadcast/Stream U.S. Player of the Game
Sun., Dec. 1 Russia
Preliminary
W, 3-0 Paradise Double Ice Complex
Paradise, Newfoundland
Livestream Brody Roybal
Mon., Dec. 2 Czech Republic
Preliminary
W, 8-0 Paradise Double Ice Complex
Paradise, Newfoundland
Livestream Josh Pauls
Wed., Dec. 4 Canada
Preliminary
W, 4-1 Paradise Double Ice Complex
Paradise, Newfoundland
Livestream Rico Roman
Thurs., Dec. 5 Czech Republic
Semifinals
W, 8-0 Paradise Double Ice Complex
Paradise, Newfoundland
Livestream Kevin McKee
Sat., Dec. 7 TBD
Championship
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.


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