SERIES VS. CANADA
Since the 2014-15 season, the two teams have met 23 times, with the U.S. posting a 15-3-1-4 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record. All-time, the teams have met on 95 occasions with Team USA holding a 29-10-8-47-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T). A year ago, the two teams met in the gold-medal game of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games where Declan Farmer scored with 30 seconds in regulation and tallied again 3:30 into overtime to give the U.S. an unprecedented third-straight Paralympic gold medal.
2018-19 SEASON OVERVIEW
Team USA’s 2018-19 campaign started last July, with the 17-player U.S. roster selected following tryouts. From October to November, the U.S. held three training camps, including once with Team Norway in Madison, Wisconsin, before opening international competition at the 2019 Para Hockey Cup in London, Ontario. There, Team USA skated to a perfect 5-0 record to capture its fifth-straight title in the event. In March, the U.S. hosted Canada for a two-game series in Indian Trail, North Carolina, that resulted in the teams each skating away with one win.
JOURNEY TO OSTRAVA
Team USA’s journey to Ostrava, Czech Republic, started on Monday, April 22, with players and staff convening in Newark, New Jersey. From there, the team boarded a plane on Tuesday, April 23, and traveled overnight to Vienna, Austria, where the U.S. players and staff boarded a bus for a 3-hour trip to Ostrava. Since its arrival, Team USA has held two skates at Ostravar Arena ahead of today’s tournament-opening game.