Yesterday, USA Paralympics announced that national sledge hockey team coach Jeff Sauer will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014.
Last year, the Middleton, Wisconsin resident Sauer coached the team to gold at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi and he continues to coach the team. He took over the team for the 2011-2012 season, and went on to win gold with them at the 2012 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship.
Beyond sledge hockey, Sauer has been very involved with deaf hockey, and is the president of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, coached the team in the past three Winter Deaflympics, and won gold with the USA team at the 2007 Deaflympics in Salt Lake City. He was a member of the selection committee for those Games.
Sauer has been very involved in coaching in the United States on the collegiate level, where he is seventh all time in history for total wins with 655 while coaching for a number of teams including University of Wisconsin and Colorado College. He’s also been the head coach of the men’s national able-bodied ice hockey team.
Other members of the Class of 2014 include Karyn Bye Dietz, Brian Rafalski and Lou Vairo. The induction ceremony is scheduled for December 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.