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    Josh Pauls

    Ones to watch
    USA USA Para ice hockey 3 January 1993

    Green Brook, New Jersey, USA

    a male Para ice hockey player


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Further Personal Information
    Family Partner Katie Yancey
    Residence St. Louis, MO, USA
    Occupation Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Sales
    Languages English
    Higher education Sports Management - Lindenwood University : Saint Charles, MO, USA
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing Para ice hockey at age eight in New Jersey, United States of America.
    Why this sport? "My dream was to represent my country or play in the NHL. I realised I couldn't really do this, but then I found sled hockey. It's just another way to represent my country. I think it's the coolest thing."
    Club / Team DASA St. Louis Blues: United States
    Name of coach David Hoff [national], USA
    Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defence
    International Debut
    Year 2008
    Competing for United States
    Location Charlottetown, PEI, CAN
    General Interest
    Nicknames Spudsy [his teammates believe he has a resemblance to the Mr. Potato Head toy]. (teamusa.org, 14 Mar 2013)
    Hobbies Cooking, playing video games, watching ice hockey and American football. (teamusa.org, 2017)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
    Most influential person in career Coach Jeff Sauer. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
    Hero / Idol US Para ice hockey player Steve Cash. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
    Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs His pre-match routine involves a Mr Potato Head toy figure, due to his teammates giving him the nickname 'Spudsy'. "I face a Mr. Potato Head figure towards the opponents' locker room before every game. I was given the toy as a joke and now it is part of my pre-game superstition. It may sound ridiculous, but it is much more sanitary than not changing my underwear." (wivb.com, 01 Apr 2016; teamusa.org, 14 Mar 2013)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "I don't just play hockey, I live it." (Twitter profile, 06 Mar 2014)
    Awards and honours He was named Best Defenceman at the 2015 World Championships A-Pool and the 2016 Pan Pacific Championships, which both took place in Buffalo, NY, United States of America. (usahockey.com, 28 Oct 2016, 24 Jun 2015)
    Ambitions To coach an NHL ice hockey team. (teamusa.org, 06 Mar 2018)
    Impairment He was born without tibia bones in both legs. The limbs were amputated at the knee when he was age 10 months. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014; teamusa.org, 14 Mar 2013)
    Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
    He was named as an ambassador for the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone campaign in February 2018. "I just want to leave the game a little bit better than it was before I came. It's a really exciting initiative to be a part of because hockey's such a great game, and anytime you can push inclusion, whether it's with disability, gender identity or anything like that, it's definitely exciting to be able to do that."(teamusa.usahockey.com, 15 Feb 2018)

    He captained the US national Para ice hockey team to gold at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He was also chosen to captain the national team during the 2018/19 season. (teamusa.usahockey.com, 01 Aug 2018; 30 Nov 2018)

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