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Paralympic sled hockey player helping spread the sport’s appeal

NEWINGTON, Conn. — Propelling himself toward the opponents’ net, Taylor Chace took a cross-ice pass from a teammate and fired the puck over the goaltender’s glove, giving his team, the Northeast Passage Wildcats, a 1-0 lead over the New Jersey Freeze in the opening minutes of a recent Northeast Sled Hockey League contest at the Newington Ice Arena.

Chace went on to dominate at both ends of the ice, playing shut-down defense while assisting on another goal in a 4-0 victory. His game-changing play was no surprise to anyone familiar with sled hockey, a version of the sport tailored to disabled athletes like Chace and growing rapidly at both the elite and developmental levels.

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