Local Sled Hockey Paralympians Win Gold!

USA takes title in overtime thriller.

Brian Kelly
March 18, 2018 - 12:42 pm
Billy Hanning, Josh Pauls & Steve Cash (Courtesy: USA Hockey)

Billy Hanning, Josh Pauls & Steve Cash (Courtesy: USA Hockey)

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PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA (KMOX)-Three St. Louisans are celebrating today after winning gold at the Paralympics in South Korea. 

Steve Cash of Overland, Mo. and team Captain Josh Pauls of St. Charles, Mo. were on the ice when the USA Sled Hockey team came from behind to defeat Canada 2-1 in the finals of the Paralympics in PyeongChang. It's the third gold medal for both. It's the first Paralympic gold medal for Billy Hanning of Festus, Mo.

"I told him after the game 'he was my hero'," says Cash of teammate Declan Farmer. The Tampa, Fla. native scored with 37.8 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and again 3:30 into overtime to win it. "He just proved that he can really shine in those moments. But, that doesn't discredit the other guys. We came together and faced that adversity head-on."

Consisting of players who lost limbs in the military, in accidents, because of disease or through birth defects, it's a team of men who have overcome adversity. 

"It's an unbelievable feeling to go and hug your teammates," says Pauls, who was born in New Jersey but attends Lindenwood University. "Steve, on the bottom of the pile, you're just trying to protect his head from all the sleds and piling in, but it's such an unbelievable feeling." 

Pauls' is the second hockey gold medal for Lindenwood. Nicole Hnesley was a goaltender on the USA Women's team that defeated Canada in a shootout to win gold in the Olympics in February. 

Pauls, Cash and Hanning play for the DASA St. Louis Blues sled hockey team. 

 

 

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