USA Hockey announced that goaltender Jen Yung Lee and forwards Rico Roman and Josh Sweeney of the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team have been selected to represent the 2012-13 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
Last season, the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team won the Midwest Sled Hockey Tournament title and took second place at the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival in Dallas.
All three players were a part of last year’s U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that won the gold medal at the 2012 International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championship. The team returns 14 players from last year’s gold-medal winning squad.
The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team was selected following tryouts held in Rochester, N.Y., earlier this month. Team USA will skate at several international events during the course of the year leading up to the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championship next April in Goyang City, South Korea. A full 2012-13 schedule will be released by USA Hockey later this summer.
Sweeney, 25, is a native of Phoenix, Ariz., and joined the Rampage Sled Hockey Team in 2010. A former high school able-bodied forward, Sweeney was injured by a roadside bomb in Nawzad, Afghanistan in October 2009 which claimed both legs above the knee. He is a former enlisted Marine.
“With the returning players we have, the National Team is looking very good,” said Sweeney. “I’m excited to start training again and our team chemistry is going to help us improve on last year.”
Roman, 31, is a native of Portland, Ore., and joined the Rampage Sled Hockey Team in 2008. He came to San Antonio in 2007 for rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) after a roadside bomb exploded under his vehicle in Iraq, claiming his left leg.
“We had a great season last year with both the National Team and with the Rampage,” said Roman. “I’m hoping both teams pick up where we left off.”
Lee, 26, joined the Rampage Sled Hockey Team in 2009. A former high school goalie, Lee was injured in a motorcycle accident in 2009 which claimed part of his left leg.
“It’s definitely an honor to be named to the National Team again,” said Lee, a native of San Francisco. “With the three of us playing together locally in San Antonio, we know each other really well and we push each other to keep getting better.”
In addition, Luke McDermott was named to the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team for the 2012-13 season.
The San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team was the first team to form that consists of all wounded military service members. The team is run by Operation Comfort, a nonprofit organization that works with wounded service members coming from Iraq and Afghanistan who are recovering at BAMC in San Antonio, Texas.
The Rampage Sled Hockey Team was formed in January 2007 and was adopted by the San Antonio Rampage shortly thereafter. The Rampage (AHL) continues to host various fundraising events, including their annual Military Appreciation Night, to raise money to support the Rampage Sled Hockey Team. The sled hockey team started with seven players and has quickly gained popularity in which the team now consists of more than 20 players. The team began playing in tournaments in 2008 and has since traveled to Illinois, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Missouri and throughout Texas. for more information on the Rampage Sled Hockey Team, please visit sarampage.com.