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2018 Winter Paralympic Notebook: March 17

By, 03/17/18, 5:00AM EDT


U.S. skates for final time ahead of tomorrow's gold-medal game

The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will be competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games between March 11-18, 2018. 

Check back for daily updates on Team USA and its quest for a third-straight Paralympic gold medal. For archived entries, scroll to the tabs below.

March 17

Day 14

The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team took the ice today at Gangneung Hockey Center's practice rink from 1:30-2:45 p.m. ahead of tomorrow's gold-medal game against Canada.

Having reached the game it has sought since the season began, the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team closed practice by going around the room and having each player recognize what they will bring to the table. The concept stemmed from one of the team's mottos of 'All For One, One For All'.

After its skate, Team USA invited JJ O'Connor, USA Hockey's Disabled Section Chairperson, into the locker room where players and staff presented him with a signed U.S. Paralympic jersey.

With championship season in NCAA hockey comes excitement, and that much is already true here in 2018. The 2018 NCAA Women's Frozen Four semifinals saw back-to-back electrifying overtime games excite players and staff here in PyeongChang, South Korea. After Clarkson edges Ohio State, 1-0, Colgate stunned Wisconsin, 4-3. Meanwhile, the potential outcomes for who's in and out of the NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament has been a topic of conversation, as well.
     As part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by the University of Minnesota, the 2018 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be presented at a brunch ceremony at McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, today.

With the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and its March Madness underway back in the United States, the team's bus ride home from practice was full of chatter on the 16th seed upset and busted brackets.

Team USA in its final tournament skate

Team USA Players take part in 'Thank You, PyeongChang'

About the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team

At the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Olympic Games, eight teams will compete between March 10-18 at the Gangneung Hockey Center.

Team USA, which is competing in Group B alongside the Czech Republic, Japan and host South Korea, will open tournament play on Sunday, March 11, against Japan.

The United States enters the tournament as the two-defending champions after claiming the gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010

Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), who led Team USA to a silver medal at the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in Gangneung, South Korea, will serve as head coach of the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. 

USA Hockey announced the 17-player roster for the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team on Jan. 1, 2018, which includes 10 players who won the gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The roster is led by captain Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.), alternate captains Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.). All four were members of the gold medal-winning 2014 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

2018 U.S. Paralympic Roster

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U.S. Paralympic Schedule

Date Opponent/Round Result Venue
Sun., March 11 Japan
W, 10-0 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Mon., March 12 Czech Republic
W, 10-0 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Tues., March 13 Korea
W, 8-0 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Thurs., March 15 Italy
W, 10-1 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Sun., March 18 Canada
Gold-Medal Game
W, 2-1 (OT) Gangneung Hockey Centre

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