Saturday, January 31 – Leduc, Alberta
The U.S. practiced today at Leduc Recreation Centre for its final tune-up before tomorrow's opening game against Russia. The two teams last met in the gold medal game of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, which the United States won, 1-0. The preliminary round game, slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET., will be the opening game of the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge.
Six players are set to make their debuts tomorrow for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, including goaltender Kyle Huckaby; defensemen Billy Hanning and Sam Mumper; and forwards Chris Douglas, Luke McDermott and Josh Misiewicz.
STAFF ARRIVAL COMPLETE
Mike Cortese, the team's athletic trainer during the tournament, joined the team late last night, completing the arrival of Team USA players and staff. While Cortese joins team physician Mike Uihlein as returning staff members, Davey Stroule, currently enrolled at Michigan Tech University, is participating in his first World Sled Hockey Challenge as Team USA's equipment manager. Stroule was with the team during training camp last week in Indian Trail, North Carolina.
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