Meet Josh Sweeney, Team USA, Sled hockey!
DOB: June 6, 1987
Birthplace: Williams Air Force Base, Mesa, Ariz.
Hometown: Glendale, Ariz.
Current Residence: Live Oak, Texas
High School: Ironwood High School (Glendale, Ariz.) ‘05
Military Service Branch: United States Marine Corps
Military Rank: Sergeant
Military Status: Retired
Club Team: San Antonio Rampage
- Two-time International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship medalist, gold (2012), silver (2013)
- Three-time IPC World Sledge Hockey Challenge medalist, gold (2012), silver (Nov. 2011, 2013)
- 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup, 1st
- Three-time U.S. National Sled Hockey Team member, 2011-14
Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Josh Sweeney became a bilateral amputee after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Nowzad, Afghanistan in October 2009. For his sacrifice in combat, Sweeney received a Purple Heart. An able-bodied hockey player throughout high school, Sweeney was immediately drawn to sled hockey during his rehabilitation. He played on the San Antonio Rampage, a club sled hockey team made up entirely of injured military athletes, from 2010-13 alongside U.S. Paralympic teammates Jen Lee, Paul Schaus and Rico Roman. Sweeney also played on the Dallas Stars club team in 2012, helping the Stars earn the 2012 USA Hockey Sled Classic title. He made his first U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in 2011 and has been a leader for Team USA ever since, serving as tri-captain of the national team for the 2012-13 season.
Sweeney currently resides in Live Oak, Texas, with his wife Amber. In addition to sled hockey, he enjoys swimming, lifting, shooting and playing wheelchair basketball.