The tournament, which was previously known as the World Sled Hockey Challenge from 2007 to 2017, returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic for a 14th rendition. The U.S. will take on Canada, Czechia, and Italy with sights set on capturing a seventh consecutive, and ninth overall, Para Hockey Cup title.
The U.S. roster includes 18 players and includes the return of goaltender Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) and defenseman Chris Douglas (Saint Cloud, Fla.). Lee is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and has helped the U.S to four Para Hockey Cup titles, while Douglas has been part of five previous Para Hockey Cup championship teams. The full roster and staff are available here.
“We’re excited to compete in the Para Hockey Cup,” said David Hoff, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “We have a really good group of players and we look forward to building on the success we had at the IPH Cup in September.”
The competition is the second of the season for the U.S. National Sled Team, which went 5-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and captured the IPH Cup championship played in Ostrava, Czechia, in September.
NOTES: Team USA opens play in the Para Hockey Cup against Czechia on Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. ET. Outside the third-place and championship games, all contests from the event will be streamed live and the links to the broadcasts can be found here. TSN will be televising the third-place and championship games ... The United States has a 45-4-1-12 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record all-time at the Para Hockey Cup ... Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled national teams for USA Hockey, is in his 17th season as the general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.) is in his fifth 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.), equipment manager Matt Levine (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and communications coordinator Seamus Kelley (Norwood, Mass.) ... For complete coverage of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, click here.