SAN ANTONIO (July 24, 2013) – USA Hockey announced today that forward Josh Sweeney, defenseman Rico Roman and goaltender Jen Yung Lee of the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team have been selected to represent Team USA at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia from March 7-16, 2014.
Sweeney, Roman and Lee all served in the United States Armed Forces and recovered from injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. They became involved in sled hockey through Operation Comfort, a nonprofit organization that works with wounded service members coming from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The trio of players will be competing in their first Paralympic Winter Games after being members of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for the last two seasons. Team USA skated to a perfect 5-0-0 record at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., en route to a gold medal.
In two years donning the Red, White and Blue, Sweeney, Roman and Lee have won several medals and tournament trophies, including a gold medal at the 2012 International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway and a silver medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championship in Seoul, South Korea.
The 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team was selected following tryouts held in Williamsville, N.Y. earlier this month. The team returns 16 players from last year’s silver-medal winning squad.
Sweeney, 26, 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.
Roman, 32, 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 after a roadside bomb exploded under his vehicle in Iraq, claiming his left leg.
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. He is currently enlisted with the U.S. Army and remains on active duty.
Last season, the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team earned second place finishes at the USA Hockey National Championships in Philadelphia and in the Midwest Sled Hockey League.
The San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team formed in January 2007 and became the first team to consist of all wounded military service members. The Rampage (AHL) continue to host various fundraising events, including their annual Military Appreciation Night, to raise money to support the Rampage Sled Hockey Team.
The Rampage Sled Hockey Team started with seven players and has quickly gained popularity. The team now consists of more than 20 players and travels throughout the country to compete in tournaments.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 Rampage season are on sale now. Guarantee your same seat for every game including the NHL Exhibition Game on Sep. 20 between the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars by purchasing season tickets. For more information, call (210) 444-5554 or visit sarampage.com.