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2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship Insider | Three in a Row

By USA Hockey , 06/03/23, 12:00PM EDT


Follow along with Team USA's journey at the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship

The 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship is taking place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan from May 28-June 4, 2023. Stay tuned to this page throughout the tournament for an inside look at Team USA's journey. 

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June 4 | Three in a Row

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team beat Canada 6-1 to capture the gold medal at the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship Sunday night at the Moose Jaw Events Centre, claiming its sixth World Championship gold medal. 

The U.S. finished the tournament with a 5-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and an unbeaten 16-2-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) 2022-23 season record. Team USA has now won the last three consecutive World Para Ice Hockey Championship (2023, 2021, 2019). 

Read the full recap here

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June 3 | Gold Medal Game-Bound

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.)tallied hat tricks while Malik Jones (Aurora, Colo.) scored twice, as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team defeated China 10-2 in the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship semifinals at the Moose Jaw Events Centre on Saturday.

Team USA will play Canada in the gold medal game Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET. The gold medal game will be live streamed on the Paralympics YouTube and Facebook page. 

To read the full recap, click HERE.

Q&A – Evan Nichols

Nickname? Mumz

Favorite non-hockey activity? Reading

Favorite artist? Kendrick Lamar

Show you are binging? I think you should leave

Best dressed? Noah Grove

Best bromance? Dave and Noah

June 2 | Rest and Recovery

Friday was a day of rest and recovery for the U.S. as the team geared up for the semifinal round on Saturday. Players spent time with friends and family, popped into shops around Moose Jaw, and enjoyed the hotel pool between team meals.

The team staff took a tour of the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, which, according to urban legend, were used by infamous gangster Al Capone during the Prohibition era.

After thoroughly enjoying the immersive experience beneath the city, some players and staff ventured to the arena to watch the quarterfinal round games. Czechia beat Italy 4-0, then China won 7-2 against Korea, which meant the U.S. would be playing China on Saturday in the semifinal round.

Q&A – Kevin McKee

Nickname? K-Bone

Favorite non-hockey activity? Gaming and wheelchair basketball

Favorite artist? Morgan Wallen

Show you are binging? The Last Dance

Best dressed? Jen lee

June 1 | The Mad Greek

Thursday marked the final day of practice for Team USA in Moose Jaw, with a day of rest scheduled for Friday before the semifinal round on Saturday. After a morning spent enjoying the warm weather downtown, thunderstorms rolled in just as the team arrived at the arena for practice. Players and staff enjoyed snacks from Tim Hortons before a high-energy practice.

The International Paralympic Committee and tournament hosts planned dinner for all eight teams away from the arena Thursday night at various restaurants in the local community. The U.S. went to The Mad Greek for dinner, enjoying the restaurants famous Greek ribs along with chicken skewers, baklava, and other delectable dishes.

Q&A – Griffin LaMarre

Nickname? Fen

Favorite non-hockey activity? Going to concerts

Favorite artist? My Chemical Romance

Show you are binging? Stranger Things

Best dressed? Malik Jones

Best bromance? Evan and Brody

May 31 | Another W

Brody Roybal, Jack Wallace, and Travis Dodson all scored, and Jen Lee recorded a shutout as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team defeated Canada 3-0 in its final preliminary round game of the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship in front of a packed crowd at the Moose Jaw Events Centre. The win gave the U.S. a 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record to close out preliminary round play, and Roybal was named U.S. Player of the Game.

Following the big win in enemy territory, the team enjoyed a post-game meal of steak and grilled peppers back at the hotel as players discussed whether or not they enjoy the show Ted Lasso.

May 30 | Moving to 2-0

Declan Farmer recorded a hat trick and Griffin LaMarre picked up a shutout as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team beat Korea 9-0 in its second preliminary round game of the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship to move to 2-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) on the tournament. Equipment manager Jake Visser ensured LaMarre got a puck from his shutout performance in his World Championship debut.

Tuesday marked a special day for Brandon Adam as well, as he made his U.S. National Sled Hockey team debut. Brett Bolton also saw his first game action of the tournament. 

After the game, players enjoyed a team meal at Mitsu Sweet café & Sushi in downtown Moose Jaw.

Q&A – Brandon Adam

Nickname? I don’t have one

Favorite non-hockey activity? Skiing

Favorite artist? Travis Scott

Show you are binging? Beef on Netflix

Best dressed? Me

Best bromance? Declan and Brody

May 29 | Opening Worlds With a Win

Travis Dodson (Deming, N.M.) scored his first career hat trick while Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) tallied three assists as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team opened its World Para Ice Hockey Championship campaign with a 7-1 win over Czechia. 

After the game, head coach David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.) noted that Dodson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, earned Player of the Game honors on Memorial Day in the U.S.

Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) collected a goal and an assist in the contest, reaching a new career milestone becoming the first ever U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Player to reach 250 career points, extending his team record.

Game Photos

Q&A – Josh Pauls


Nickname? Spuds

Favorite non-hockey activity? Cooking

Favorite artist? Rise Against

Show you are binging? The Mandalorian

Best dressed? Jack Wallace

Best bromance? The goalies

May 28 | Day of Rest

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team enjoyed an off day on the eve of its opening game of the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship against Czechia, starting the day with a team stretch after breakfast, led by athletic trainer Mike Cortese. 

Several players staff took advantage of the afternoon off, exploring downtown Moose Jaw and enjoying the warm, sunny day after a couple days of rain. 

After lunch in the afternoon, players and staff took a bus to Showtime at Galaxy Cinemas in Moose Jaw to go see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. Some were more enthusiastic about the movie choice than others, particularly Brody Roybal, who was going to see the “hilarious” movie for the fourth time since it released in late April. With nearly all 17 players, as well as a few staff members, ordering a large popcorn for the flick, the Galaxy Cinemas popcorn machine nearly got cleaned out twice, but the staff members were able to have everyone supplied with snacks with time to spare for the movie.

Q&A – David Eustace


Nickname? The Dog

Favorite artist? Billy Strings

Favorite non-hockey activity? Hiking

Best bromance on the team? Griffin LaMarre and Noah Grove

Best dressed? Jen Lee

TV show you are binging? Death Note

May 27 | Prepping for the Preliminary Round

Following breakfast at the hotel, Team USA explored downtown Moose Jaw on Saturday morning, and the players gathered in a coffee shop one block away from the team hotel, where chess battles took place while they enjoyed coffee and croissants, which happens to be the favorite meal of Evan Nichols

Following lunch at the arena, the players prepared to take the ice for practice in the late afternoon, with players and staff alike remarking at noticeable improvements from the day prior after shaking some rust off and making need sled adjustments with the assistance of equipment manager Jake Visser and athletic trainer Mike Cortese. Players and coaches from several different nations packed the stands and tunnels to watch Team USA’s skate before dinner at the arena.

After dinner, players bussed back to the hotel where captain Josh Pauls led a players-only meeting before Griffin LaMarre took center stage as the host of Crease Convos. LaMarre interviewed several of his teammates, with questions ranging from best facial hair on the team to favorite jersey. Be sure to look out for the Crease Convos video series on USA Hockey’s social channels throughout the week.

Q&A – Brett Bolton

Throughout the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship you’ll have a chance to learn more about the U.S. National Sled Team through our daily Q&A feature. Today we catch up with forward Brett Bolton.

Nickname? Bolty

Favorite artist? Kendrick Lamar

Favorite non-hockey activity? Track and Field

Best bromance on the team? Me and Jen Lee

Best dressed? David Eustace

TV show you are binging? The Boys

May 26 | Picture Day

Thanks to a later-than-usual start time for Team USA’s opening practice of the tournament, the players and staff took advantage of the opportunity to sleep in before 9:30 a.m. breakfast on Friday morning, followed by an afternoon of rest before 12:45 p.m. lunch at the arena.

The players returned to Moose Jaw Events Centre in the evening for classification and equipment checks before practice. Several players, including Travis Dodson, took in an exhibition game between Germany and Korea from the stands and the tunnel as Team USA waited to take the ice. A benefit of staying just a quarter mile from the arena is the opportunity for players and staff to watch other games throughout the week with ease during downtime. 

At 5:15 p.m., players and staff posed for a team photo at center ice before the coaches broke out the pucks for the team’s first practice of the tournament, which was an hour-long, high-energy session after two long days of travel. Players from China and Italy populated the red seats of the Moose Jaw Events Centre, looking on as the U.S. worked some rust off in its first practice as a full team since a late-April training camp in Madison, Wisconsin.

Brody Roybal walked USA Hockey’s content coordinator Brianna Rhone through the different parts of his sled and sticks for a “Gear Talk” segment after practice, and the team ventured through the arena tunnels to dinner, where captain Josh Pauls was pleasantly surprised by the Thanksgiving turkey dinner buffet options.

Q&A – Jen Lee

Throughout the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship you’ll have a chance to learn more about the U.S. National Sled Team through our daily Q&A feature. Today we catch up with goaltender Jen Lee.

Nickname? Jenners, The Bottomless Pit

Favorite artist? Lady Gaga

Favorite non-hockey activity? I love motorcycles. I’m also into watching movies.

Best bromance on the team? Griffin and Brody, it’s sparking all the time.

Best dressed? Brody’s got some good shirts; I think right now Jack and Brody are top of my list. Chris Douglas has a good wardrobe too from up north.

TV show you are binging? It was Ted Lasso, now I’m just waiting for The Mighty Ducks to come back on Disney Plus.

May 25 | Journey to “The Jaw”

Following a team breakfast Thursday morning, several players returned to North Hill Bowl to try and take down Kevin McKee and his elusive high score of 180. Players and staff gathered for lunch at 12:00 p.m., and soon after, loaded up the bus for the 270-mile trek to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

After a smooth five-hour bus ride and border crossing into Canada thanks to Craig the bus driver, the team arrived in downtown Moose Jaw, where players and staff checked into their hotel rooms before unloading equipment around the corner at the Moose Jaw Events Centre, home of the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship. Local youth hockey players served as volunteers for the day, helping teams unload gear and set up locker rooms throughout the afternoon upon arrival.

After getting the locker room prepped for the busy days ahead, the team had dinner at the arena along with the seven other squads competing in the World Championship, and friendly greetings were exchanged as players enjoyed the chicken and bacon soup, spring rolls, salad bar, and buffet-style beef and chicken with rice. 

Q&A – Malik Jones 

Throughout the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship you’ll have a chance to learn more about the U.S. National Sled Team through our daily Q&A feature. We start with forward Malik Jones, who’s making his World Championship debut in Moose Jaw. 

Nickname? The Wizard

Favorite artist? Drake

Favorite non-hockey activity? Playing basketball

Best bromance on the team? Declan and Brody

Best dressed? Jen Lee

TV show you are binging? The Flash

May 24 | Meeting in Minot

Players and staff for the U.S. National Sled Team arrived in Minot, North Dakota, on Wednesday (May 24) throughout the morning and afternoon, ahead of the team’s bus ride to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on Thursday. Head coach David Hoff’s family provided a warm welcome for the team, and transported players, suitcases, and hockey gear from Minot International Airport to the hotel.

The players to arrive earliest in Minot on Wednesday were able to find ice time at Meysa Arena, home of the NAHL’s Minot Minotauros, thanks to the connections of North Dakota native Chris Douglas. Later in the day, several members of the team ventured to North Hill Bowl, where Kevin McKee proved to be a savant, bowling an alleged high score of 180.