USA Ice Sledge Hockey National Team Holds First Training Camp of the Season

Three newcomers were welcomed to the team at the training camp held at the Extreme Ice Centre in Charlotte. 26 Sep 2012
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USA's Ice Sledge Hockey team hopes to defend their world championship title on the ice in Korea in April of 2013.

ⒸEric Winton

The USA Ice Sledge Hockey national team started its season officially with a training camp held at the Extreme Ice Centre in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The squad, which includes 14 players that won the gold medal at the 2012 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sledge Hockey World Championships in Hamar, Norway, welcomes three newcomers: defence man Craig Brady and forwards Declan Farmer and Paul Schaus. Brady and Schaus played for the 2011-12 U.S. National Developmental Sledge Hockey Team.

Jeff Sauer, former men's ice hockey head coach at the University of Wisconsin, returns as the head coach of Team USA, while Guy Gosselin is back as assistant coach.

The training camp will consist of several team practice sessions, as well as games against the 2012-13 U.S. National Developmental Sledge Hockey Team.

The highlight of this season will be the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships held from 9-21 April in Goyang City, Korea. Team USA will play two other international tournaments in preparation for the World Championships. The team will head to Calgary, Canada, to take part in the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge from 30 November to 9 December and also play a series against main rival Canada from 12-18 February in Ottawa, Canada.

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