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Click here to watch the PBS special on the USA National Sled Hockey Team, as they prepare for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The team, made up of players with various disabilities, is poised and ready to win gold. USA starts play on March 8th vs. Italy (aired on NBCSN at 5:30pm ET) with the Gold Medal Game being aired nationally March 15th on NBC at 1pm ET.
The following is the TV schedule: March 8th vs. Italy (NBCSN at 5:30pm ET), March 9th vs. South Korea (NBCSN at 11pm ET), March 11th vs. Russia (NBCSN at 3pm ET), March 13th semi-final games (NBCSN at 5am ET & 12 noon ET), March 15th Gold Medal Game (NBC at 1pm ET). All games, including the scheduled TV games, are being streamed live on TeamUSA.org. For the complete schedule, use the "USA Paralympic Schedule" link under the "Disabled / Sled" link at the top of our page or click here.
USA women's hockey played with a lot of heart, losing 3-2 in OT to Canada in the gold medal game. Even though the women earned silver, it was a very disappointing loss considering USA led 2-0 with less than 4 minutes to go in the game. USA men, considered to be gold medal finalists, failed to medal. They lost to Finland, 5-0, in the bronze medal game. Being the highest scoring team and going undefeated in the preliminaries, the men played a great semi-final game against Canada but failed to score, losing 1-0, as the Canadians bottled up USA's high powered offense. With back-to-back shutout losses and the seemingly lack of desire in the bronze medal game, some are questioning whether professionals should continue to be used, or should we revert back to using college and junior hockey players like back in 1980 during USA's Miracle On Ice. With the quality of players at those levels, especailly at USA Hockey in Ann Arbor, it would be interesting. But if other countries continued with pros, it'd be a no go. A mixture of both on each roster? Maybe.
Mick Carroll, our Coaching Director and Disabled Hockey Coordinator, attended a USA Hockey workshop October 4th-6th for training on how to bring the sport of hockey to those that are physically challenged. The workshop, held in Madison, Wisconsin, featured many USA Hockey officials with disabled hockey expertise. Training included how to organize, promote, write grants, recruit players, mental aspects, equipment, a disabled hockey coaching clinic, and many other facets on how to make it a successful and rewarding experience for all. Included in the weekend was a training session on how to assemble a sled and then skating in the sled, plus two exhibition games between USA Hockey's National Sled Team and their Developmental Team. During the on-ice training session / scrimmage, Mick stretched out sideways in his sled to redirect a pass into the net. He said, "I had a blast! Absolutely, the most fun!!!" For more on sled hockey, click here.
Exciting news: After two years of closure, Ice Mountain Arena Complex finally has new owners. The new owners plan to reopen the facility sometime in 2014. Click here to read the complete story.
Our Captains, Peter and Aaron Berry, love their Texans and the Texans love them... click here to read more
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