a male Para ice hockey player

Declan Farmer

Para Ice Hockey

Declan Farmer scored both the go-ahead goal with 37 seconds left in regulation and the game-winner in overtime against Canada to give the USA its third consecutive Paralympic gold at PyeongChang 2018.

Farmer’s gold medal-winning score also tied him for most goals by one player at a single Paralympics; Sylvester Flis also had 11 goals for the USA at the Salt Lake City 2002 Games.

With 12 goals and six assists, Farmer was named Best Forward at the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea. It was not enough however for his team to retain their world title as they lost out to rivals Canada 4-1 in the gold medal game.

Farmer has better memories of the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool, where he scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal match, again against Canada, taking his team to back-to-back Paralympic and World victories.

Farmer, clearly buoyed by his home ice in Buffalo, New York, USA, also tied the Team USA record for the most goals in a single Worlds with six goals in five games.

That crowned a season in which he finished as the team leader with 10 goals and 21 points, and ranked second overall in assists (11).

He improved again in 2015-16, recording 13 goals and eight assists to equal his career high 21 points from the previous season.

Following his contribution to the USA’s gold medal winning performance against Russia at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Farmer also received the ESPY Award from ESPN as the 2014 Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Farmer was born a bilateral amputee and began playing the sport in 2006.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Nashville, TN, USA
Higher education
Economics - Princeton University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2006 in Clearwater, FL, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"I was just looking around for adaptive sports in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Lightning had a sledge hockey programme and I started from there."
Name of coach
David Hoff [national], USA
Training Regime
He trains for 40 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for
United States
Calgary, AB, CAN

General interest

Reading, cycling, fantasy football, spending time outdoors. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
US Para ice hockey players Ron Richardson and Brody Roybal. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey players Josh Pauls and Steve Cash. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022, 29 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I am strict to my stretching and warm-up routine." (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you ain't first, you're last." (, 21 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named the United States of America's Player of the Game in the world championship final in both 2021 and 2019. (, 05 Mar 2022;, 26 Jun 2021)

In 2017 and 2019 he was named Best Forward at the world championships. (, 04 May 2019, 30 Jan 2018)

He was named Best Forward at the 2016 Pan Pacific Championships in Buffalo, NY, United States of America. (, 02 Apr 2016)

He was named Best Male Athlete with an Impairment at the 2014 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly [ESPY] Awards in the United States of America. (, 13 Mar 2015)

In April 2014 he took part in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the Tampa Bay Lightning's home NHL match against the Montreal Canadiens. (, 13 Mar 2015)

He was named Best Male Athlete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (, 13 Mar 2015)
Famous relatives
His uncle played professional baseball, and his aunt competed in distance running at university level in the United States of America. (, 03 Aug 2012)
To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 18 Mar 2019)
He was born with a bilateral amputation, one above the knee and one below the knee. He learned to walk on prosthetic legs at age one. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018, 06 Mar 2014;, 09 Apr 2010)
Other information
He was an alternate captain of the US national team at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "I think back to Sochi [the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games] and the older guys on that team, and they were my age now [2022]. In Sochi, Brody [Roybal] and I were the young guys by quite a few years, and now that I've been a part of this group for a long time, I've picked up more of a leadership role. I was in Nashville [TN, United States of America] the last couple of years with many of these guys training and took charge of a lot of the training there without any coaches, which gave me more confidence in being a leader of this team. I've built close relationships with everyone on the team, having been here for so long. Just having those relationships is leadership in itself because you know guys well, they believe in you and you believe in them. Establishing that trust between teammates is big." (, 05 Mar 2022, 13 Oct 2021)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group B 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group B 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group B - Standings 2014-03-11 2
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 202
Mixed Gold Medal Match 2014-03-15 101
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 2
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 5
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 2
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1