"We're excited to be returning to Extreme Ice Centre and North Carolina for this series against Canada,"
Defending Paralympic ice sledge hockey champions USA will face world champions Canada in a three-game series at the Extreme Ice Centre, Indian Trail, North Carolina starting this Thursday (9 January) in what will be Team USA’s final international competition prior to March’s Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
"We're excited to be returning to Extreme Ice Centre and North Carolina for this series against Canada," said Dan Brennan, General Manager of the U.S. Paralympic Ice Sledge Hockey Team. "Not only is this an opportunity for the fans to see the best sledge hockey players in the world, but also a chance to watch some fantastic competition as we prepare for the Paralympics."
The series is the second major competition of the season. The U.S. previously competed in the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto, Ontario, in December. Team USA has won four of the last six major international events, including the 2009 International Paralympic Committee World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic; the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games; the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship in Norway; and the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta.
Seven players that were members of the Paralympic gold medal-winning team from 2010 highlight the roster, including goaltender Steve Cash; defensemen Taylor Chace, Nikko Landeros and Andy Yohe; and forwards Taylor Lipsett, Josh Pauls and Greg Shaw. For the complete U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.
FASTHockey will provide live streaming coverage of all three games during the series. Those interested in watching are encouraged to sign up for a free FASTHockey account in advance at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
Additionally, live stats and complete coverage of the series can be found here.
U.S. Paralympic Ice Sledge Hockey Team Series vs. Canada 9-11 January - Indian Trail, North Carolina - Extreme Ice Centre
Date, Time (ET), How to Follow
Thursday, 9 January, 12:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Friday, 10 January, 4:00 p.m. FASTHockey.com
Saturday, 11 January, 2:10 p.m. FASTHockey.com