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Josh Sweeney to Receive Pat Tillman Award at 2014 ESPYS

Rampage Sled Hockey Player Led U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team to Gold in Sochi

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 11:50 AM ET / News
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Josh Sweeney to Receive Pat Tillman Award at 2014 ESPYS
Rampage Sled Hockey Player Led U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team to Gold in Sochi

San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey player Josh Sweeney will receive the inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2014 ESPY Awards airing on Wednesday, July 16th.

A retired Marine Sergeant, Sweeney lost both of his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan in October 2009. He scored the game-winning goal to give the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team a 1-0 win over Russia in the gold-medal game at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi.

In April, he led the Rampage Sled Hockey Team to its first national championship at the 2014 Sled Hockey National Tournament. Sweeney finished with a tournament-high 13 points, including a hat trick in the team’s 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team in the semifinals. He also assisted on all three goals in the championship.

The Pat Tillman Award for Service is being presented at the ESPYS in conjunction with the Pat Tillman Foundation, which invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships. Tillman left the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army’s Elite Rangers unit and was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004.

The Pat Tillman Award will join the show’s longstanding signature awards named in honor of Jim Valvano and Arthur Ashe, awards that recognize athletes and others in the industry whose impact reaches beyond sports. ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott, who has battled cancer and continues to receive treatment, will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, and Michael Sam, who recently became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, will be presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

The Florida Panthers held a meet and greet with the San Antonio Sled Hockey Team last September. See more here. 

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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