The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team faces host Italy in the opening game of the 2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament here in Turin, Italy. Puck drop is set for 10 a.m. local time/4 a.m. ET.
Team USA is 7-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) all-time against Italy. The two teams last met at the 2017 World Sled Hockey Challenge, where the U.S. captured a pair of wins. After the U.S. claimed a 10-0 preliminary round win, the teams met again in the semifinal where the U.S. blanked Italy, 5-0.
THINGS TO KNOW
Yesterday (Jan. 21), Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team, passed away in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs ... 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 ... The U.S. opened the season last December by claiming 2017 World Sled Hockey Challenge ... Team USAarrived in Turin, Italy, last Thursday, Jan. 19.
USA Hockey Mourns Passing of Jim Johannson
Yesterday, Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team, passed away in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs. Johannson, born March 10, 1964, in Rochester, Minnesota, had a life-long career in hockey and was one of the most accomplished and respected people in the sport. A childhood teammate and eventual two-time Olympic teammate with current U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey head coach Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), Johannson's time with USA Hockey included 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze medals; the launching and implementation of the highly acclaimed American Development Model; and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. teams to utilize.
2018 U.S. Paralympic Roster Unveiled January 1, 2018
On January 1, 2018, the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Roster was unveiled during the second intermission of the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York City.
The 17-player roster includes 10 players who won the gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games as well as four players (Steve Cash, Nikko Landeros, Adam Page, Josh Pauls) who have won two Paralympic gold medals (2010 - Vancouver, 2014 - Sochi). Cash also earned a bronze medal at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games here in Torino, Italy.
On site for the announcement was general manager Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), captain Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.), alternate captain Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) and forward Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.).
CHICAGO RESIDENCY PROGRAM UNDERWAY
On Jan. 8, 2018, the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team relocated to Chicago where it will live and train as a team until the Paralympic Winter Games this March. The team will utilize ice time at West Meadows Ice Rink in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Turin, Buffalo Only Remaining International Tune-Ups
For Team USA, this tournament, as well as a pair of games against Canada in February, are the lone remaining international games before the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
"It's important we remember that we really have only six or seven games together until the Paralympics in March," said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "These games matter and the effort and attention to detail we give these games will need to translate into the Paralympics if we want to achieve our goal of winning a gold medal."