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U.S. National Sled Team Shuts Out Italy, 7-0 Print E-mail
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Joshua Sweeny of Team USA takes a hit from Gregory Brian Alexis Leperdi of Team Italy."

By USAHockey.com

The U.S. National Sled Team earned its second consecutive shut out in the preliminary round of play at 2015 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships with a 7-0 victory over Italy this afternoon as the HARBORCENTER. In Team USA's final contest of the preliminary round 11 different players contributed at least one point to the final score, including Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) and Chris Douglas (Saint Cloud, Fla.) each tallying three assists.

"Today's effort was a confidence builder for us," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Team. "We're moving the puck well and scoring goals, which is a real positive as we head into the semifinals on Friday.


Nikkos Landeros of Team USA handles the puck against Team Italy.

"In the opening period, Team USA controlled the play, outshootinh Italy 14-0.  With less than two minutes to play in the period, Roybal fed Declan Farmer (Tampla, FL), who has stationed right in front of the Italy net, and Farmer rifled a power-power marker top-shelf for the 1-0 lead.

The U.S. continued to control play in the second period and 2:47 into the frame, Josh Pauls(Green Brook, N.J.) fired the puck past Italy goaltender Santino Stillitano to give Team USA the 2-0 lead. Farmer collected his second goal of the night just 1:13 later for the third U.S. goal of the game and final marker of the middle period.

Team USA picked another early-period goal just :35 into the final frame when Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) tallied his second goal of the tournament to put the U.S. up 4-0. In the final five minutes of play, Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.), Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Adam Page(Lancaster, N.Y.) each picked up a goal for the 7-0 final score.

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will face the second-place finisher in Group A on Friday (May 1) at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra and will be aired on a same-day delay at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET following the network's NHL Stanley Cup playoff coverage.

Notes: Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Italy, 44-4 ... Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) leads the U.S. in tournament points with seven (4-3) ... Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) has a point in every U.S. game this season ... For tournament information, visit 2015sledworlds.com. For live updates, follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter and join the conversation on social media by using #Buffalo2015 ... Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager. Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.) is serving as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for the fourth season ... Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).

 Originally posted by USA Hockey. All rights reserved

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 17:14
NY Fury take 9th Place at Nationals Print E-mail
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The NY Fury were in Louisville,KY for the NWBA Wheelchair National Basketball Championships from April 16th to 19th, 2015.  The played there way to a 9th place finish in the Junior Varsity Division for all of the United States.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 18:08
Jr Nets Finish in 7th Place at Nationals Print E-mail
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The Brooklyn/Jersey Jr Nets were in Louisville,KY for the NWBA Wheelchair National Basketball Championships from April 16th to 19th, 2015.  The played competitively and came away with a 7th place finish in the Junior Varsity Division for all of the United States.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 18:05
Wheelchair Basketball Players in NYC Come out and Play Print E-mail
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Wheelchair Sports Federation and NYC Parks & Recreation hosted the local Wheelchair Basketball Teams in the New York City and New Jersey areas on Tuesday February 10th, 2015 at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadow Corona Park from 8 pm to 9:30 pm.  While the National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Stars were traveling to NYC to play in the 17th Annual MBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic in Brooklyn, NY, the area Adaptive athletes got together to show off their skills.  
Representatives from the National Champion New York Rollin' Knicks, Bulova Nets, Brooklyn Nets, Nassau Kings Adult Wheelchair Basketball Teams competed as well as representatives from the two local Junior Wheelchair Basketball Teams, the New York Fury and Jr Brooklyn Nets.
These teams are part of the Eastern Wheelchair Basketball Conference (EWBC) and proudly continue the the 65 year legacy of Wheelchair Basketball that got its start with the help of returning World War II Veterans at the James J Peters Bronx VA.  Our local Adaptive Athletes look forward to seeing the great players coming to NYC for All-Star Weekend 2015.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 02:26
International Representatives visit Bulova Nets Wheelchair Basketball Print E-mail
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Kelli Davis from SportsUnited, a Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State brought a group of international representatives through their Sport Visitors program. Sports Visitors – nominated by US Embassies overseas, selects athletes, managers and coaches to visit the U.S. for technical sports training, sports management, conflict resolution training and exposure to valuable US sports contacts. Community based sports and disability programs are still in their infancy in Africa and they look for the guidance of established programs like the Wheelchair Basketball Team - Bulova Nets based in Hackensack NJ can provide.  The Sport Visitors program has been known to have trailblazers as participants who have returned to conduct in-country clinics for youth with their newly learned skills.

On February 11, 2015, 15 basketball players and 5 coaches from 5 different countries in Africa (4 Benin, 4 Cote d’ Ivoire, 4 Cameroon, 4 Benin and 4 from Burkina Faso) came to watch and participate in a Wheelchair Basketball practice in Hackensack NJ from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.

The group enjoyed the hospitality and experience of playing with the Bulova Nets Wheelchair Basketball Team.  Good luck on the trip home and we look forward to more Adaptive Sports in Africa.

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