When you take a look at the amount of accolades that Steve Cash has accumulated over his six-plus seasons of playing for the USA’s ice sledge hockey team, you wouldn’t be surprised that his nickname is “money.”
Cash became an amputee in 1992 at the age of three when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and underwent amputation surgery.
At the age of 15, Cash joined the team as a backup for the Torino 2006 Games, where the USA won bronze. By 2007, Cash was carrying the load in net and hasn’t looked back since.
Last season was one of Cash’s best, posting his best goals against average (GAA) of his career at 0.79. That goes along with his .926 save percentage and five shutouts.
Unfortunately for Cash and the USA, they came up short at the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool in Goyang, South Korea, falling to Canada in the gold medal game, 1-0.
Cash was solid in the tournament, only allowing two goals and having a .943 save percentage.
His rise to shine came at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics, where he was the definition of “money.”
Cash set a record in the tournament that no sledge hockey goalie has ever done before. In five games, he faced 33 shots and stopped them all and was a big reason why the USA beat Japan to capture the gold medal.
For his performance at the 2010 Paralympics, Cash received the award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability at the 2010 ESPY Awards hosted by ESPN.
Cash, 24, is a member of the Disabled Athlete Sports Association’s St. Louis Blues sledge hockey team that captured the 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey Adult Sled National Championship.
He is also a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, majoring in business administration.
If the USA should look to capture another gold medal at Sochi 2014, Cash will need to repeat his performance from both this past season, and Vancouver 2010.