The 2006 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will take on Team Canada for a three-game tournament in Boston, January 13-15, 2006.
The 15-man U.S. team includes team captain and Boston native Joe Howard (Kingston, Mass.) and Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.), both of whom were members of the 2002 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won gold at the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The three-game series with Canada is intended to give each team practice prior to heading into the 2006 Paralympic Games, which take place in Torino, Italy, March 10-19, 2006.
The U.S. Team heads into the 2006 Paralympic Games as the second seed and Team Canada as the fourth seed, based on their performances at World Championships.
All games are free and open to the public.
Just as in ice hockey, sled hockey is played with 6 players (including a goalie) at a time. Players propel themselves on their sled by use of spikes on the ends of two 3-foot-long sticks, enabling a player to push himself as well as shoot and pass ambidextrously.
Rinks and goals are regulation Olympic-size, and games consist of three 15-minute, stop-time periods.
USA vs. Canada three game tournament
Friday, January 13th
7:00 – 9:00pm – GAME – USA vs. Canada @ Harvard
Saturday, January 14th
4:00 – 6:00pm – GAME – USA vs. Canada @ Harvard
Cambridge Ma. 02138
Sunday, January 15th
10:00 – 12:00pm – GAME – USA vs. Canada @ Babson College
Babson Skating Center
150 Great Plain Avenue
Wellesley Ma. 02181
U.S. Team Roster:
Steve Cash (St. Louis, Mo.) – goalie
Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) – forward
David Conklin (La Crosse, Wis.) – defense
James Connelly (Galloway, N.J.) – defense
Bradley Emmerson (Amherst, N.Y.) – forward
Manual “Manny” Guerra (Plymouth, Minn.) – goalie
Michael Hallamn (Hatboro, Pa.) – defense
Lonnie Hannah (Mansfield, Texas) – forward
Joe Howard (Kingston, Mass.) – forward
Timothy Jones (My. Ephraim, N.J.) – defense
Andrew “Taylor” Lipsett (Mesquite, Texas) – forward
Chris Manns (Buffalo, N.Y.) – forward
Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, N.Y.) – forward
Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.) – defense
Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) – forward