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Tryouts Begin Today for 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team

07/12/2014, 7:45am MDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tryouts for the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team take place today and tomorrow (July 12-13) at The Northtown Center at Amherst. Forty-nine players will be divided into four teams and play two scrimmages per day. Team USA's final roster will be announced the week of July 21.

Among the competitors are 11 players from the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that earned the gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, earlier this year.

Another 13 players skated for the 2013-14 U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team that regularly trains with Team USA.

The 2014-15 U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team will also be announced the week of July 21. Attendees at this weekend's tryouts as well as participants in the 2014 USA Hockey Sled Player Development Camp (July 15-18) will be considered for the squad. Stay tuned to for updates.

NOTES: Thursday, 2014 Paralympic gold medalists Taylor Lipsett (Mesquite, Texas) and Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) announced their retirements from international competition. Click here for more…Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.), a member of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, will receive the inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2014 ESPYS on July 16 ... The 2015 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship will be hosted by USA Hockey at the HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, N.Y. The tournament will run April 24-May 2.

2014 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Tryout Schedule

Date Time (ET) Activity
Sat., July 12 10:00 a.m. - noon Scrimmages
Sat., July 12 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Scrimmages
Sun., July 13 10:00 a.m. - noon Scrimmages
Sun., July 13 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Scrimmages

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