The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team faces Korea today in the first preliminary round game of the 2017 World Sled Hockey Challenge here in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Puck drop is set for 12:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m. ET) and will be streamed in the U.S. on HockeyTV.com with updates also available on Twitter @USAHockey with the hashtag #WSHC.
THE SERIES VS. KOREA
The U.S. and Korea are meeting for the seventh time in World Sled Hockey Challenge play. Against Korea, Team USA has won all six WSHC meetings and all-time holds a perfect 13-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.
The two teams last met in the final preliminary round game of the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship, where the U.S. claimed a 5-0 victory. Forward Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game after registering his first-ever goal as a member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
NATIONAL TEAM DEBUTS
Defenseman Ralph DeQuebec (San Pedro, Calif.) and forward Travis Dodson (Deming, N.M.) are making their debut with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in Sunday’s matchup against Korea. Both players spent the 2016-17 season with the U.S. Development Sled Hockey Team. DeQuebec served as co-captain for the squad. Meanwhile, Dodson is seeking a return to the Paralympic Winter Games after participating in the biathlon event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
GOSSELIN LEADING TEAM USA
Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), who led Team USA to a silver medal at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea, is serving as head coach of the 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Gosselin previously served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team alongside head coach Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.), who passed away last February.
This is Gosselin’s third stint with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. In addition to serving as head coach for Team USA in last year’s world championship, Gosselin also worked alongside Sauer as an assistant coach from 2011-15. During his time with Team USA, Gosselin helped the U.S. claim gold medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2012 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway, as well as a silver medal at the 2013 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Goyang City, South Korea.
A two-time U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team member (1988, 1992) and three-time U.S. Men’s National Team member (1986, 1990, 1991), Gosselin is currently a regional manager of USA Hockey’s American Development Model.Gosselin played professionally for parts of six seasons, including a stint with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets following the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. The University of Minnesota Duluth graduate played parts of five seasons (1982-87) with the Bulldogs’ men’s ice hockey team. A 2013 UMD Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Gosselin helped lead UMD to back-to-back (1984, 1985) Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships and Frozen Four appearances.
PAULS TO WEAR 'C'; LANDEROS, FARMER TABBED WITH 'A's
Defenseman Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.), a two-time Paralympic gold medalist at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, is captain of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for the first time after serving as an alternate captain for three seasons (2014-17). In addition, defenseman Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and forward Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) have been named alternate captains for the 2017-18 season.