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USA push past Europe in women’s sledge hockey

Women’s ice sledge hockey players are trying to grow the sport in hopes of one day adding it to the Paralympic Winter Games programme.

USA and Europe's women's ice sledge hockey teams USA defeated Europe's women's team in four friendly ice sledge hockey games from 6-8 September 2013 in Honefoss, Norway. © • IPC
By IPC

The games were between all-female teams, continuing the growth of ice sledge hockey on the female side, as many participants have said they hope to put women’s ice sledge hockey on the Paralympic Winter Games programme by 2022.

USA’s women’s ice sledge hockey team travelled to Honefoss, Norway last weekend to challenge the European women’s ice sledge hockey team in a series of four exhibition games.

The American team prevailed, winning all four games.

Team USA, coached by Shawna Davidson, was led by Kelsey DiClaudio, who was the leading scorer with nine goals and four assists during the course of the weekend. Eric Mitchell racked up seven goals and five assists for the US, while Karen Smith allowed just one puck past her into the net.

Team Europe, coached by Espen Hedge, received superb goaltending from Annet Manniksma and Eline van der Gaag, and was led on the offensive end by Stine Frydenlund, Amalie Ystebo and Lena Schroder.

The games were between all-female teams, continuing the growth of ice sledge hockey on the female side, as many participants have said they hope to put women’s ice sledge hockey on the Paralympic Winter Games programme by 2022.