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2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge Begins This Weekend

By USAHockey.com, 01/12/16, 12:00PM MST

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Team USA to Defend 2015 Title Against Canada, Korea and Russia

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team begins its 2016 campaign at the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Jan. 17-23. The United States, which won the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge, will compete against Canada, Korea and Russia.

Team USA has won four of the last five major international events, including the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, New York; the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; the 2012 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway; and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The United States roster is highlighted by captain Josh Sweeney (Portland, Ore.); alternate captains Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.); and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.). For the complete U.S. roster, click here.

The 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge will be streamed live at FASTHockey.com. For more tournament information, click here.

2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge

Jan. 17-23 - Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. - Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre

NOTES: Team USA  has reached the tournament's championship game five times and finished first on three occasions (2009, 2012, 2015). For more information on Team USA in the World Sled Hockey Challenge, click here ... For complete information on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, click here ... Follow all U.S. games during the World Sled Hockey Challenge via Twitter by using @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores, and join the conversation by using the hashtag #WSHC ... Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2016 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.), former men's ice hockey head coach at the University of Wisconsin, is in his fifth season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich).

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