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Team USA women's sled hockey takes on the Phoenix Coyotes sled hockey team
By Courtney Verrill from Sports N Spokes

It was a weekend full of competition, aggression and checking men twice their size for Team USA women’s sled hockey. Team USA spent its weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz., battling the Phoenix Coyotes sled hockey team. This was Team USA’s first time playing together in three weeks which stirred up some struggle on the first day, but once the women found their rhythm they were a force to be reckoned with. Both teams racked up one win from the competitive weekend.

The Coyotes may be a team with mostly all men, but that didn’t stop the women from checking the opposing team as they tried to score as many goals as they could.

“I think it is [intimidating] playing against guys at first, but then you kind of learn that it makes you better and you can keep up with them,” says Team USA defense Hannah Hughes.

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Getting Back on the Ice
Article written by By Chandrima Chatterjee | datwinning.com on 02-22-2017

For these women of the U.S. national sled hockey team, finding the ice was a way of salvation.

The Goon

Monica Quimby is a mom, a biologist, a professor, a beauty pageant winner, and a para athlete. Her day typically starts at 4am as she juggles raising a family with two kids while working as a professor of anatomy and physiology at Southern Maine Community College. She trains while the kids are in school.

As an avid skier at the University of New Hampshire, 19-year-old Monica suffered a severe injury in 2006 when she missed landing a back-flip. A member of the UNH ski club, Monica was on her last run of the day down a triple black diamond trail. She had done this jump nearly 30 times before, but this time she swerved to avoid a snowboarder, hit the ski jump sideways, over-rotated her spin, and landed hard on her right side and back. She thought she had broken her legs. It was too cold for her to recognize that the pain in her lower extremities was actually a broken L1 vertebrae and hip. It left her paralyzed.

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Sled hockey players makes women’s U.S. national team

Karina Villegas has a knack for sled hockey. In early December she competed in the Ice Sports Forum in Tampa for the first time as a member of the USA Women’s national sled hockey team.

Villegas, a member of the Space Coast Hurricanes, a sled hockey team based at Space Coast Iceplex in Rockledge, has worked hard to get her chance to be on the national team.

“After my first season with Hurricanes last year, I tried out for the national team,” the Sebastian resident said. “I didn’t make it but I made the first ever development team. Then this past August I tried out again and it happened.”

The Ice Sports Forum took place the weekend of Dec. 10-11. Team USA played one game each day with the intention of getting the women’s team ready for international competition.

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From Pediatric Cancer Patient to Advocate (and More)
by in the Loop

Hanna Hughes was a "super active" teenager and played soccer for Rochester Lourdes High School when she started having hip pain. At first, doctors suspected a pulled muscle and recommended physical therapy. But the pain persisted, and an MRI revealed the reason: Hanna had a tumor in her hip. A grapefruit-sized tumor.

She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. Chemotherapy, unfortunately, failed to shrink the tumor. So doctors at Mayo Clinic gave Hanna a choice. "They could remove the tumor, but the margins wouldn't be clean," she tells us. That meant that some cancer cells would be left behind — a troubling prospect since chemotherapy had no effect on the tumor. Hanna chose a more aggressive treatment option. She had her right leg, hip and pelvis removed. "It was definitely hard going through that," she says. But today, she's six years cancer free and has no doubt she made the right choice.

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Women’s ice sledge hockey players impress
Article written by Kim McGreal | For the IPC on 26.10.2016

The Women’s World Ice Sledge Hockey Festival came to a close with plans to keep developing.

For four days, Skien fritidspark in Norway was the home to some of the best women’s ice sledge hockey players in the world.

Three teams - USA, Canada and Europe – came together for the Women’s World Ice Sledge Hockey Festival, and to showcase their sport to the rest of the world over a series of six games.

While USA and Canada have faced each other several times in the last few years, it has been a while since either of them played against Europe and they were not sure what to expect. Despite a smaller, less experienced team, Europe more than held their own on the ice, even forcing one of their games into overtime.

Kelsey DiClaudio, a long-time member of the USA national developmental team, demonstrated her speed and puck-handling skills with an impressive eight goals in total over the event. Canada’s captain Christina Picton picked up five goals of her own and Europe’s Lena Schroder had a hat-trick against the USA.

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Our own Liz Davis was featured by KWQC TV6 serving the Illinois & Iowa area on Monday, July 25, 2016.  The feature was written by Fran Riley.  The following is the article that was written...

STERLING, Ill. (KWQC) – Liz Davis says it amps her up. She likes to check people and take the puck away from them.

Liz is a sled hockey player. She plays right wing. Weighs 93 pounds. A few years ago she started playing with the Quad City Sled Hockey Association. She also plays for an Adaptive Sports Association Team In Chicago.

Davis was born with a spinal birth defect. She has been using her arms to get around since age five. Now, her ambitious goal is to make the Women’s National Sled Hockey Team. The tryouts are next month in Buffalo, New York.

Liz is from Sterling. She dreams about playing sled hockey at the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea. When the sport premieres worldwide, she wants to be there.

Her attitude is contagious. Inspiring. Sometime in the near future, possibly a Gold Medal Girl!

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Other articles:

The Goalies of Team USA Women’s Sled Hockey
from SPORTS N SPOKES on Feb 24, 2017

Kelsey DiClaudio defies expectations with U.S. Development
by www.nbcsports.com on Feb 22, 2017

Team USA to participate in Women’s World Ice Sledge Hockey Festival
by David Baldwin on Oct 20, 2016

SRU freshman working to make her Olympic dream a reality
by Jordyn Bennett, Assistant Sports Editor September 30, 2016

West Jordan amputee named to USA Women's Sled Hockey Team
By Lindsey Johnson | Posted Sep 26th, 2016

Rochester Woman Named to USA Women’s Sled Hockey Team
By Megan Kennedy on September 12, 2016