Q.C. natives go for gold in Russia

A Davenport native and Bettendorf native made their way to Russia to play in the 2014 Paralympics to play on the U.S.A. sled hockey team.

Kevin McKee from Davenport found out in December 2013 that he made the cut. He originally went to the University of Illinois to play wheelchair basketball, but left after one year to pursue sled hockey.

Andy Yohe from Bettendorf most recently played for the RIC Blackhawks. He is currently serving as a captain of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

Both athletes contributed to the U.S.A.’s second-place finish at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Canada in December 2013, according to USA Hockey’s website.

The preliminary rounds were scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, March 8, 9, and 11. The first two rounds were played against Italy and Korea. The U.S.A. won both games 5-1 and 3-0, respectively.

A third preliminary round was played on March 11. U.S.A. lost to Russia, 2-1.

The U.S.A. beat Canada 3-0 in the Play-offs Semifinals Thursday, March 13.

U.S.A. was set to compete against Russia on Saturday in the Gold Medal Game. Click here to view the whole schedule and results.

Q.C. Sled Hocky Association wishes luck to team in Sochi (submitted photo)

Q.C. Sled Hockey Association wishes luck to Paralympic team in Sochi (submitted photo)

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