Joe Howard

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Carol
Plymouth, MA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to ice sledge hockey in 1996.
Why this sport?
He grew up in Boston, MA, United States, a popular area for ice hockey, and fell in love with the sport at an early age. After his accident his saddest thought was that he wouldn't play again, but during a ski contest he met someone who ran an ice sledge hockey team in Boston. He joined the team and fell in love with the sport all over again.
Name of coach
Jeff Sauer [national]
Coach from which country?
United States
Training Regime
He practises skating and stick handling, does gym workouts three times per week and swims occasionally.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General interest

Spending time with his wife and dogs, working on his 1968 Pontiac Firebird. (, 21 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
He received an Olympic Spirit award in 2002. (, 21 Mar 2013)

In 2002 he was inducted into the Massachusetts [Ice] Hockey Hall of Fame. (, 21 Mar 2013)

He was named as the New England Wheelchair Athletic Association's Athlete of the Year for 2002. (, 21 Mar 2013)

At the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, he became the first ice sledge hockey player to score six goals in a match. (, 21 Mar 2013)
In March 1982 he and a group of friends jumped aboard a freight train to take a shortcut home, but when he tried to step off the train's ladder he fell under it. Surgeons removed his left leg at his knee and amputated his right at the hip in a three-and-a-half-hour operation. (, 02 Mar 2010)
Other information
Following the United States' 6-1 victory over Estonia at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, he proposed to his then girlfriend Carol on the ice. She said yes. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)


Unit Date Rank
Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games (Nagano, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group B 2
Men's Tournament Group B 4
Men's Tournament Group B 6
Men's Tournament Classification 5-7 1
Men's Tournament Classification 5-7 2
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group B 4
Men's Tournament Group B 5
Men's Tournament Semifinal 201
Men's Tournament Bronze Medal Match 102
Men's Tournament Group B 1
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 1
Mixed Group A 3
Mixed Group A 5
Mixed Semifinal 202
Mixed Gold Medal Match 101
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Gold Medal Match 1
Men's Tournament Preliminary 5
Men's Tournament Preliminary 1
Men's Tournament Preliminary 2
Men's Tournament Preliminary 3
Men's Tournament Preliminary 4