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Sport Para ice hockey
NPC United States   
Place of BirthChicago, IL, USA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Chicago, IL, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2006 with the Hornets Youth Sled Hockey team in Chicago, IL, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He tried a number adaptive sports, including softball and basketball, but his passion was contact sports and particularly Para ice hockey.
Club / Team
Chicago Blackhawks: United States
Name of coach
David Hoff [natinal], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
General Interest
Handcycling, wakeboarding, playing video games. (, 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jeff Sauer. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey player Noah Grove. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
At age 12 he required surgery after breaking his elbow in a skateboarding accident. (, 24 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you have the drive and determination to achieve your goals, you can do anything." (, 05 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was named March of Dimes Inspirational Athlete at the Comcast SportsNet Awards in Chicago, IL, United States of America. (, 05 Mar 2015;, 04 Mar 2015)
He was born with a congenital bilateral amputation, meaning he did not have a femur in either leg. (, 13 Feb 2014)
Other information
In 2018 he participated in the SkyRise Chicago event at Willis Tower in Illinois, United States of America. He climbed 105 floors by using his upper body. "I like to prove to myself that I can do things that able-bodied people do. I think this is going to be the hardest thing I've ever done." (, 04 Nov 2018)

He competed at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi at age 15. He needed permission from the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] to be a member of the squad because he was younger than the minimum age 16. "I needed three doctors' notes saying I was physically capable to compete with men. It's not really an age thing, it's how strong you are." (, 24 Jan 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Team  
1 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 Team  
2 2017 Team  
1 2019 Team