WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey received "Team of the Paralympic Games" honors at tonight's United States Olympic Committee Best of U.S. Awards Show at Warner Theatre. The inaugural event honors outstanding U.S. performances from the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Team USA became the first nation to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in sled hockey by defeating Russia, 1-0, in the gold-medal game March 15. Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored the game-winning goal and Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made six saves. Overall, the U.S. posted preliminary round wins over Italy (5-1) and South Korea (3-0), plus a semifinal triumph against Canada (3-0). Team USA avenged its only loss, a 2-1 setback versus Russia in the preliminary round, by topping the host country in the gold medal rematch.
A nominating committee, comprised of USOC, athlete and media representatives, selected the finalists for the individual athlete and team categories, as well as the Moment of the Games, based on nominations from each National Governing Body. Fan voting on the on the U.S. Paralympics Facebook page March 16-21 determined the winners.
The Best of U.S. Awards Show will air Monday (April 7) from 7-8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
Notes: The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team's 1-0 win over Russia in the gold-medal game was also a finalist for "Moment of the Paralympic Games" ... Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), who tallied three goals and five points in the Paralympics, was a finalist for "Best Male Paralympian" ... The silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team also attended tonight's festivities.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!