Josh Pauls named US Para ice hockey team captain29.10.2017
Two-time Paralympic and world champion will lead title defence at PyeongChang 2018
Pauls was part of the US team that won gold at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, as well as two world titles in 2015 and 2012. This is the defenseman’s tenth season on the national team, having spent the last three seasons as an alternate captain.
Nikko Landeros and Declan Farmer have been named alternate captains.
"We're thrilled to have Josh, Nikko and Declan leading this locker room this coming season," said head coach Guy Gosselin. "Their dedication and work ethic both on and off the ice have made them key contributors in establishing the winning culture our programme has today. They also understand the importance of team chemistry, which we'll lean on heavily as we aim to claim a Paralympic gold medal next March."
Team USA will look to bounce back from their loss to Canada in the finals at the 2017 World Championships A-Pool. The two however will meet in December for the 2017 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, USA.
Then USA will take on the 2018 Para Ice Hockey International Tournament from 22-27 January in Turin, Italy; followed by the 2018 Border Series (7-11 February) in Canada before PyeongChang 2018.