COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will train this weekend (Oct. 3-5) at Madison Ice Arena in Madison, Wis. Team USA will play exhibition games against the 2013-14 U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team on Friday (Oct. 4) at 4:30 p.m. CT and Saturday (Oct. 5) at 5:00 p.m. CT.
Head Coach Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.), former men's ice hockey head coach at the University of Wisconsin, is in his third season behind the bench for Team USA. In addition to the games, Team USA will have practices on Thursday (Oct. 3) from 9:15-10:30 p.m., Friday (Oct. 4) from 10:15-11:45 a.m. and Saturday (Oct. 5) from 8:30-10:00 a.m. All games and practices are free to the public.
Surrounding the training camp is the 2013 USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Workshop, which is being held jointly at the Courtyard Madison West/Middleton and Madison Ice Arena Friday-Sunday (Oct. 4-6). Coaches and administrators will receive on- and off-ice training, including how to create and manage sled and special hockey programs. Members of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will be attending select workshop events. Those interested in attending the workshop should contact Jeremy Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NOTES: Team USA won the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Last April, the U.S. earned the silver medal at the International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea ... The 2013-14 schedule for the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team is available here ... Eighteen players were named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team on July 24. Team USA's roster will be trimmed to 17 players by Jan. 1, 2014, to conform to the Paralympic Games roster limit … Nine players return from the 2010 U.S. squad that captured the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., including goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.); defensemen Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa); and forwards Taylor Lipsett (Plano, Texas), Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Alexi Salamone (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.). Cash, Chace, Lipsett, Salamone and Yohe also received bronze medals at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy … Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team ... Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Jeremy Kennedy (Colorado Springs, Wis.) is the manager of the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team.