USA announce Sochi 2014 ice sledge hockey roster

Steve Cash, Josh Pauls and Taylor Chace are among the names who made it on to the USA’s roster for Sochi 2014. 25 Jul 2013
Steve Cash

Steve Cash has been deemed by many one of the best ice sledge hockey goaltenders in the world.

By USA Hockey

Nine players return from the 2010 US squad that captured the gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Games.

USA Hockey announced the 18-player ice sledge hockey roster on Wednesday (24 July) that will represent the country at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

The team was selected following a two-day tryout last week that included 67 players in Williamsville, New York. The roster features 10 forwards, six defencemen and two goaltenders.

The Sochi 2014 Games will take place from 7-16 March, and all ice sledge hockey games will be played at Shayba Arena.

"I am excited about the players we have selected," said USA head coach Jeff Sauer.

"We have a great mix of Paralympic veterans as well as some younger players who are ready to take the next step internationally."

Nine players return from the 2010 US squad that captured the gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Games. The list includes goaltender Steve Cash, who was voted top goaltender of the 2010 Paralympic Games after not allowing a single goal in five games, and defenceman Taylor Chace, who was named the best defenseman in Vancouver.

Additional Paralympic veterans include defensemen Nikko Landeros, Josh Pauls and Andy Yohe; and forwards Taylor Lipsett, Adam Page, Alexi Salamone and Greg Shaw.

Cash, Chace, Lipsett, Salamone and Yohe also received bronze medals at the Torino 2006 Paralympics.

Sixteen players on the Paralympic roster were members of the team that earned a silver medal at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool.

That list includes Tyler Carron, Declan Farmer, Jen Lee, Dan McCoy, Kevin McKee, Rico Roman, Paul Schaus and Josh Sweeney, in addition to Cash, Chace, Landeros, Lipsett, Page, Pauls, Salamone and Shaw.

Four members of the team have served in the US military. Lee is active duty in the US Army. Roman is a US Army veteran, while Schaus and Sweeney served in the US Marine Corps.

Team USA's roster will be trimmed to 17 players by 1 January 2014 to conform to the Paralympic Games roster limit.

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