Steve Cash

Steve Cash

Para Ice Hockey

When you take a look at the amount of accolades that Steve Cash has accumulated over his nine seasons of playing for the USA’s ice slegde hockey team, you would not be surprised that his nickname is “money.”

Cash became an amputee in 1992 at the age of three when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and underwent amputation surgery.

At the age of 15, Cash joined the team as a backup for the Torino 2006 Games, where the USA won bronze. By 2007, Cash was carrying the load in net and has not looked back since.

The 2015 season was one of Cash’s best, as part of the gold medal winning team at his home World Championships in Buffalo, USA. He also posted his best goals against average (GAA) for the second time in his career at 0.45. That goes along with his .896 save percentage and five shutouts.

However, things have not always been so good for the USA and Cash. They came up short at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool in Goyang, South Korea, falling to Canada in the gold medal game, 1-0.

He was also not so fortunate in 2017 when the USA lost their world title to Canada. Cash saved 44 goals at the tournament but Canada netted four in the final to take a 4-1 victory.

Cash's original rise came at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics, where he was the definition of “money.”

Cash set a record in the tournament that no Para ice hockey goalie has ever done before. In five games, he faced 33 shots and stopped them all and was a big reason why the USA beat Japan to capture the gold medal.

For his performance at the 2010 Paralympics, Cash received the award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability at the 2010 ESPY Awards hosted by ESPN.

At Sochi 2014, Cash posted a 4-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, 0.41 GAA and a .955 save percentage with three shutouts, including one in the gold-medal game.

Cash is a member of the Disabled Athlete Sports Association’s St. Louis Blues sledge hockey team.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Overland, MO, USA
Higher education
Finance - University of Missouri-St. Louis: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2004 in St. Louis, MO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He got involved in the sport through the DASA St. Louis Blues club. "I have always been in love with hockey, it was a natural fit for me."
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for
United States
Paralympic Games
Turin, ITA

General interest

Money [a play on his family name]. (, 12 Mar 2018)
Swimming, tennis, camping, working out. (, 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US ice hockey goaltender Jim Craig, US gymnast Kerri Strug. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018;, 11 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." [Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky] (Facebook profile, 08 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for the United States of America at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 16 Mar 2014)

He received the 2012 Special Athlete Award from the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. (, 2012)

He was named Best Male Athlete with an Impairment at the 2010 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly [ESPY] Awards. (, 24 Apr 2015)

He was presented with the 2010 Athlete with an Impairment of the Year Award by USA Hockey. (Facebook page, 25 Jan 2014)

He was named Goaltender of the Tournament at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (, 12 Dec 2013)

He received the 2009 Paralympic Sportsman of the Year Award from the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (, 13 Feb 2014)
Other sports
He played inline hockey at university level in the United States of America. (, 2015)
He became the first goaltender in either ice hockey or Para ice hockey to record five consecutive shutouts at the Olympic Winter Games or Paralympic Winter Games when he accomplished this feat at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (, 08 Mar 2018)
His right leg was amputated at age three because of osteosarcoma [bone cancer]. (, 13 Feb 2014)
Other information
In October 2021 he announced his retirement from competitive Para ice hockey. "It has been quite the journey and an honour to represent my country. I want to thank all of [my] teammates throughout the years along with the supporters I have gained along the way. You guys have made the journey what it is." (, 26 Oct 2021)


Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group B 1
Men's Tournament Bronze Medal Match 102
Men's Tournament Semifinal 201
Men's Tournament Group B 5
Men's Tournament Group B 4
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Gold Medal Match 101
Mixed Semifinal 202
Mixed Group A 5
Mixed Group A 3
Mixed Group A 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group B 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group B 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group B - Standings 2014-03-11 2
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 202
Mixed Gold Medal Match 2014-03-15 101
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 2
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 5
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 2
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1