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U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team
Deloitte is an official sponsor of the U.S. National sled hockey team
Sled hockey is a highly competitive sport with few differences from traditional hockey. Fast paced and full contact, a sled hockey game keeps spectators on the edge of their seats as players speed across the ice while handling the puck and attempting to score. This level of intensity is about more than winning—it’s about competing at the highest level while representing their country, family, friends, and fans.
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About sled hockey
Sled hockey, which originated in a Swedish physical rehabilitation center in the 1960s, is a sitting version of traditional ice hockey. Athletes who play have a disability that prevents them from playing while standing up. This doesn't alter the intensity level of the sport. Six players are on the ice at any time: three forwards, two defensemen, and a goalie. All the standard safety equipment—face mask, gloves, and protective gear—is the same in both sports. Sled hockey athletes, with the exception of the goalie, use two sticks rather than one; the sticks are used for propulsion as well as passing and shooting. There's a metal pick on one end of each of the sticks to help athletes propel themselves. The goalie carries only one, but it has additional metal picks to help move around the goal.
Sled hockey has steadily risen in popularity since its inception. While it's only been part of the Paralympic Winter Games since 1994, the sport and equipment have become more sophisticated while players' skills have advanced rapidly. The U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team has medaled at every Paralympic Games since 2002, winning gold in 2002, 2010, 2014, and the bronze in 2006. With strong momentum and a committed team, Team USA is a strong medal contender in PyeongChang.
Deloitte is an official sponsor of the U.S. National sled hockey team and the Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Festival through 2018—a team that celebrates diversity and inclusion, teamwork, and courage. For athletes with disabilities, sled hockey is an opportunity to form new and meaningful bonds with teammates, compete fearlessly, and gain a new perspective through sport. Together, Deloitte and the U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team can advance their shared values and commitment to excellence.
For me, it's a second chance to represent my country. When I put on that jersey, it gives me pride again. I'm doing this for my team, my country, and all the people who have helped me get where I am. I'm at an elite level competing in the Paralympics with a team that means a lot me.
–Rico Roman, U.S. Army veteran, Purple Heart recipient, 2014 Paralympic Gold Medalist, and 2018 Paralympic Hopeful