The first step to the 2018 Paralympics takes place in Amherst this week as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team is holding a development camp and tryouts at Northtown Center.
"Our tryout this year is unique in the fact that it not only serves as the formal tryout for our national team, but it's also the beginning of the selection process for our Paralympic roster, which we'll finalize later this year," said Dan Brennan, the director of sled hockey for USA Hockey. “With the Paralympics just eight months away and our talent pool being deeper than it has ever been, we anticipate this being the toughest tryout in program history.”
Guy Gosselin will serve as head coach after leading Team USA to a silver medal at the 2017 ParaSled Hockey World Championships. Lancaster's Adam Page is a two-time gold medalist at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Buffalo's Paul Schaus was part of the gold-medal winning team in 2014.
The 2017-18 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will be comprised of 15 players and is expected to be announced later this month.
Development camp games at Northtown Center are scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Tuesday; 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Thursday; and 9:15 and 11 a.m. on Friday.