Former CC Hockey Player, Coach, Heads Paralympic Team
Jeff Sauer ’65, who played hockey for Colorado College and went on to coach at CC for 11 seasons, is head coach for the Paralympic sled hockey team at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The games open March 7 and run through March 16.
The Paralympic version of ice hockey debuted at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer. Fast-paced and highly physical, it quickly has become one of the largest spectator attractions. Players sit on double-blade sleds that allow the puck to pass beneath them. They use two sticks with spike ends for pushing off and blade ends for shooting. The result, Sauer said, “is a very physical game. This is a hockey game on sleds.”
A member of USA Hockey's International Council and Disabled Hockey Committee, as well as president of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, Sauer now is in his third year as the team’s coach. He’s guided Team USA at the last two World Championships, winning the gold medal in 2012 in Norway and the silver in 2013 in South Korea.
Sauer has coached a wide array of U.S. teams throughout his career. He coached college hockey for more than 30 years, until he retired after the 2001-2002 season from the University of Wisconsin as the fourth-winningest coach in college hockey history.
He was the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team at the 1995 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, Wash. He also served as head coach for the U.S. Men's Select Team at the 1989 Pravda Cup in Leningrad, Soviet Union, and at the 1997 Tampere Cup in Tampere, Finland. Read more about Jeff Sauer here.