USA Hockey announced the roster for its 2018 US Paralympic Ice Hockey Team during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York City on 1 January 2018.
The 17-player sled roster includes nine players with Paralympic experience, led by captain Josh Pauls, alternate captains Declan Farmer and Nikko Landeros and goaltender Steve Cash. All four were members of the gold medal-winning 2014 Paralympic Ice Hockey Team.
“As a whole, this team has all the ingredients to be successful,” said Dan Brennan, director of Para ice hockey for USA Hockey and general manager of the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Ice Hockey Team. “We’re going to be a fast-paced, puck-moving team that is led by a great core of veterans who knows what it takes to win.”
The US has medalled in four of the five Paralympic Winters Games it has competed in, with gold medals in 2014, 2010, and 2002 and a bronze medal in 2006.
The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games begin 9 March in PyeongChang, South Korea.