COLORADO SPRINGS — Although it wasn’t a surprise, Park City’s Greg Shaw was named to the 2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
Shaw is one of 11 players who won the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Shaw, a 21-year-old forward, has played on the team since 2008, scoring seven goals for the team — including two in the Paralympics.
The team will play in several international events leading up to the International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship in April in Hamar, Norway.
“For the first time seeing this pool of players, I was extremely impressed,” said Jeff Sauer, who was named head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team last month. “We’ve put together a strong group of players that bodes well for Norway while also showing promise for continued development towards the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.”
Shaw had four assists in last April’s World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Japan. While there, the team experienced one of the many of Japan’s earthquakes that month. He scored a goal in the 6-0 victory over Japan in the third-place game.
Listed as 3-foot-0, 80 pounds, Shaw was born with sacral agenesis, an infrequent congenital condition of spinal deformity. A remarkable athlete, he attended the Winter Sports School in Park City until 2008. He now plays for the National Ability Center Golden Eagles and attends Salt Lake Community College.