COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United State Olympic Committee named the U.S. National Sled Hockey team the 2017 U.S. Paralympic Team of the Year late Wednesday night at the Team USA Awards show, a group that includes Billings native Bo Reichenbach, a goaltender on the squad.
The team claimed an unprecedented third straight World Sled Hockey Challenge title with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Dec. 10, 2016, and took silver at the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championship in Gangneung, South Korea in April where it advanced to its fifth straight gold-medal game with a perfect 6-0 mark in preliminary play.
Reichenbach was promoted to the U.S. National team late in 2015, and played in two World Sled Hockey Challenge tournaments, stopping 10 of 11 shots in five total games played. He is a former Navy SEAL who was injured in July 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while deployed in Afghanistan. Reichenbach lost his entire left leg, and the bottom half of his right leg.
He is a Purple Heart recipient.
Fans can tune in to watch the awards show – which was hosted by actor and singer Mark McGrath – on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. (MDT).