Bo Reichenbach

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Lacy, son Landon
Residence
Billings, MT, USA
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para ice hockey in 2012 while in rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by US Para ice hockey player and US Marines veteran Josh Misiewicz. "At first I was pretty apprehensive, thinking it's not going to be like regular hockey, but I got on the ice and did it, and fell in love with it immediately."
Club / Team
USA Warriors: United States
Name of coach
Guy Gosselin [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender

General interest

Famous relatives
His younger brother Ty has played ice hockey as a goaltender for Norwich University in Northfield, VT, United States of America. (usahockeymagazine.com, 28 Oct 2015; eliteprospects.com, 2017)
Impairment
In 2012 he was serving with the United States [US] Navy SEALs in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device [IED]. His injuries led to his legs being amputated above the knee. (usahockeymagazine.com, 28 Oct 2015; paralympic.org, 17 Sep 2015)
Other information
BEGINNINGS IN THE SPORT
He had played ice hockey since the age of four but feared he would not be able to compete in sport following the amputation of his legs. "I remember sitting in bed and watching an old hockey game on video thinking, 'I miss my legs but one of the worst parts is I'll never be able to play hockey again. I'll never be able to teach the game to my son as my dad did for me.' It was tough for me to accept because hockey was something I always figured would be in my life and being a [Navy] SEAL you believe you are invincible. To be honest, in all my years of playing hockey I never knew that sled hockey existed. It was like I was rediscovering hockey all over again." (usahockeymagazine.com, 28 Oct 2015)