The International Paralympic Committee has named the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team one of three nominees in the Best Team category for the 2015 Paralympic Sport Awards. The winner will be presented on November 14 at the awards ceremony in Mexico City.
The Paralympic Sports Awards, partnered by Allianz, recognizes achievements from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
The U.S. became the first nation to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in sled hockey by defeating Russia, 1-0, in the gold-medal game on March 15, 2014. Josh Sweeney (Portland, Ore.) scored the game-winning goal and Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made six saves. Overall, the U.S. posted preliminary round wins over Italy (5-1) and South Korea (3-0), plus a semifinal triumph against Canada (3-0). Team USA avenged its only loss, a 2-1 setback versus Russia in the preliminary round, by topping the host country in the gold medal rematch.
The nomination is the latest recognition for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. In addition to being named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Month for March 2014, Team USA received “Team of the Paralympic Games” honors at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Best of U.S. Awards Show on April 2, 2014, at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. The inaugural event honored outstanding U.S. performances from the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Relive Team USA’s 2014 Paralympic journey by clicking the link below to watch the PBS documentary Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey.