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A Look at the Paralympic Ice Sledge Hockey USA Team

By: CBS
By: CBS

It is the rugged arena of Paralympics hockey, and Team USA.

Players strapped into custom sleds carry a three-foot stick in each hand. One end has a blade to move the puck. Flip it around to push forward like a ski pole.

Head coach Jeff Sauer has led the team for four years.

This year's team has seventeen players. The oldest is 35, the youngest 15.

Josh Pauls, the team's 21 year-old leading scorer, was born without tibia bones in either legs. Surgeons amputated both when he was ten months old.

Pauls found sled hockey. He's been on the national team since 2008.

Josh Sweeney, another forward, lost both legs to an IED in Afghanistan in 2009. He was 22.

Team USA dominated the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver. Five games, all shutouts. This year's team...is BETTER.

In the history of U.S. Olympic hockey, this is the real miracle on ice.


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