COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Taylor Lipsett (Mesquite, Texas) and Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa), gold medalists from the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, have retired from international competition, USA Hockey annouced today.
“It’s bittersweet to see Taylor and Andy move on, but I’m also extremely happy to have the ability to thank them for the tremendous contributions they have made to our team, USA Hockey, the U.S. Olympic Committee and their country,” said Dan Brennan, general manager of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team and USA Hockey’s director of sled and inline national teams. “We've enjoyed great success together, and they have Paralympic gold medals and world championship gold as well and they should be extremely proud of that.”
Lipsett, a forward, spent more than a decade as a member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, making his debut in 2003-04 as a 16 year old. At his first Paralympic Winter Games in 2006, he helped Team USA collect a bronze medal. In 2009, Lipsett and the U.S. won their first International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic. At the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., Lipsett won a gold medal while leading Team USA with five goals. En route to the gold medal at the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, he spearheaded the U.S. offense with six goals and eight points. Lastly, Lipsett competed in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, helping Team USA win gold in Sochi, Russia.
Yohe’s rookie season with Team USA culminated in a bronze medal at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. After a year off in 2007-08, he returned to the squad to help it capture the gold medal at the 2009 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship. He switched from forward to defense during the 2009-10 season and captained Team USA to gold at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. After sitting out three years for family reasons, Yohe reclaimed the captaincy in 2013-14 and helped guide Team USA to the gold medal once again at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
NOTES: Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) and Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.) have elected to take the year off and will not participate with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team during the 2014-15 season...Tryouts for the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team are set for Sat.-Sun. (July 12-13) at The Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, New York. The roster will be announced the week of July 21.
March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.
This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.
“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”
The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.
Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.
“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.
“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.
“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”