The United States is looking for a third straight gold medal in sled hockey at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and looking for their fourth Olympic title in the last five games.
Team USA has won eight of its last nine major international tournaments, and won gold at the 2014 Games in Sochi and 2010 in Vancouver. Team captain Josh Pauls and alternate captains Nikko Landeros and Steve Cash were all part of the last two gold medal-winning squads.
Eight countries are split up into two groups of four, with two teams advancing to the semifinals from each group after a preliminary round featuring three games for each team.
Group A: Canada, Italy, Norway, Sweden
Group B: United States, Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea
All games will be played at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.
Canada beat the United States in the World Para Ice Hockey championships in 2013 and 2017, and won the silver medal in 2015. Host South Korea took the bronze in 2017 and will be a tough out for the U.S. in Group B.
Schedule & results
NBCSN will televise a group of games, and all games will be streamed by NBC Sports.
March 9: Italy 3, Norway 2
March 10: South Korea vs. Japan, 1:30 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 10: Canada vs. Sweden, 5 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 10: United States vs. Japan, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN, live stream)
March 11: Korea vs. Czech Republic, 1:30 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 11: Canada vs. Italy, 6 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 11: United States vs. Czech Republic, 11 p.m. ET (NBCSN, live stream)
March 12: Canada vs. Norway, 2:30 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 12: Italy vs. Sweden, 6 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 13: United States vs. South Korea, 11 p.m. ET (live stream)
March 13: Norway vs. Sweden, 2:30 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 13: Czech Republic vs. Japan, 6 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 14: 5th-8th place Game 1, 3 a.m. (live stream)
March 14: 5th-8th place Game 2, 7 a.m. (live stream)
March 16: 7th-8th place game, 3 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 16: 5th-6th place game, 7 a.m. ET (live stream)
March 16: Bronze medal game, 11 p.m. ET (live stream)
March 17: Gold medal game, 11 p.m. ET (NBCSN, live stream)