Team USA Hockey Captain | Three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist | Four-time World Champion
Josh Pauls is a three-time Paralympic Hockey gold medalist (2018, 2014, 2010) and four-time world champion (2019, 2015, 2012, 2009). He is the current Captain of Team USA Paralympic Hockey team and was the youngest player to ever join the team.
After being born without tibia bones and having his legs amputated at ten months old, Josh has turned a perceived disability into a successful hockey career. His parents built him a solid foundation, never letting his use of prosthetics hold him back from doing chores or just being a kid.
The foundation his parents built for him compounded once he found sled hockey and became the youngest member of the team in 2008-09 at fifteen years old.
Finding a sport in which he could not just compete, but excel in was life-changing, even if the first few years on the team were mainly spent riding the bench. Through a network of coaches and mentors on the team, Josh worked his way through sheer willpower to become a go-to player for the US totaling 116 points in 150 games with the team.
All this success didn’t come without setbacks. Prior to the 2010 Paralympic team being selected, Josh was cut in favor of older, more experienced players. Never being one to quit, Josh worked his way back onto the team and was once again the youngest member of the gold medal-winning squad at the 2010 Paralympic Games, where the team didn’t concede a single goal. Josh has been a staple player ever since.
Prior to the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Josh was named team captain, a role he has served in the past two seasons. As captain, he has led the team to two thrilling gold medal-winning overtime victories.
Josh has also been involved in coaching, serving as an assistant for local high school teams in the St. Louis area and as a guest coach with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program evaluation camp.