COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The gold medal-winning 2022 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, as well as alternate captain, Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), took home awards today at the 2023 IPC Para Sport Awards in Manama, Bahrain.
The IPC honored the U.S. Paralympic Hockey Sled Team with the Para Sport Best Team Award. At the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, the squad skated to a 4-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, outscoring its opponents 30-1 over four contests.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for our team and Declan Farmer to receive these two prestigious honors,” said Dan Brennan, general manager of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. “Both awards are due in part to a tremendous team culture, created by our staff, coaches and players.”
Farmer, who received the Para Sport Award for Best Male Winter Athlete, led all skaters in assists (11) and points (18) in Beijing, both of which are Paralympic records. The forward also tallied seven goals on his way to his third Paralympic gold medal. Farmer is the first sled hockey athlete to ever receive an individual Para Sport Award.
NOTE: The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, which includes Farmer, will play in the IPH Cup in Ostrava, Czechia, from Oct. 2-8 to open its 2023-24 campaign. More information, including live streaming details, can be found here.