Alexi Salamone is among the members of the 2012-13 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that hopes to defend Team USA's title from the 2012 worlds. Team USA holds the last three major titles in sled hockey including the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games gold medal.
2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A Pool to be streamed live
The International Paralympic Committee announced on Thursday that it will live stream all of the games at next month's 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool in Goyang, Korea. The competition is April 12-20.
Every game will be streamed live on the IPC's YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/ParalympicSportTV.
"With less than one year to go until the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, viewers will have the chance to watch some of the top teams on the ice, and this will also provide those who have never seen the fast-paced sport before the chance to view it for the first time," said Craig Spence, IPC Director of Communications.
The best eight teams in the sport will compete for the world title in Goyang, with the top five finishers qualifying directly for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The bottom three finishers will play in the Paralympic Qualification Tournament later this year.
The championships will be hosted by the Korea Ice Hockey Association for the Disabled, and the host nation's team will look to repeat or better their surprise silver from last year's event in Hamar, Norway.
"Ice sledge hockey is not yet a popular sport in Korea so public do not know much about us but we're trying hard to let people know about ice sledge hockey through our media channels," Korean ice sledge hockey captain Min-Su Han said.
"Many people expect a lot from us at these world championships in Goyang since we will be fighting to get to the Paralympics. We need to get good results from this A-Pool so that we can then expect good results at the Paralympics next year."
The toughest competition for Korea will come from Team USA, the defending world and Paralympic champions, who are led by forward Alexi Salamone, defender Taylor Chace and goalkeeper Steve Cash.
"I'm pretty confident going into the World Championships and feeling pretty good," Cash said. "I feel like my performances have been better than ever with the national team."
Last year's bronze medalists, Canada, will also be favored to go far in the tournament, while Russia will make their first A-Pool appearance with less than one year to go until the Sochi 2014 Games. The Czech Republic, Italy, Norway and Sweden will round out the field.
For more information on the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships, please visit the event website at www.icesledgehockeyworlds.org. Follow the action from Korea on Twitter @IPCISH and like the sport's Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/IceSledgeHockey.