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M I K E M O D A N O C H R I S C H E L I O S B R E T T H U L L J E R E M Y R O E N I C K WHEN ROSE MARY GABRIEL'S GRANDSON, Kurt Schamberg, was killed during the Iraq War in 2005, she was searching for a way to honor his memory. It wasn't until she was intro- duced to sled hockey 10 years ago that she had finally found her answer. "When I saw the capability of these people to play it was beyond my imagination and I thought 'Oh, if I can only help them some- how,'" she said. So, Gabriel, who is now 85 years old, began sewing handmade blan- kets and quilts and other winter items with the intent to sell them at her local rink in Madison, Wis., and donate all of the proceeds to the sled hockey community. Fast forward to this past April, when Gabriel was offered the chance to contribute to the 2018 USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival in West Dundee, Ill. To help defray the cost of play- ing sled hockey, Gabriel decided that every time someone bought one of her items at the event, they would receive a raffle ticket with the winner getting 50 percent of the profit to put towards their disabled hockey team. The other 50 percent, meanwhile, would be donated to a sled hockey program in Milwaukee. "We were able to give $500 to five different teams from the two weekends and I told them this is for you to use as you deem fit," she proudly said. "We met so many dif- ferent veterans, my aim is to make every rink in Wisconsin sled-friend- ly." According to Gabriel, the apprecia- tion she receives is all the payment she will ever need. "It's a labor of love and they just love buying it," she said. "All my life I worked in some kind of donation. I want so badly for people to be aware of sled hockey and what it's doing for our disabled athletes." P A Year Of Feats And Firsts RECORD YEAR • The U17 team finished the season with a 42-18-1-0 record • The U18 team finished the season with a 41-8-0-3 record TEAM USA IN THE USHL • Team USA finished first in the USHL's Eastern Conference for the first time • Team USA (collectively) had its best-ever record in USHL competition with a 41-18-0-1 record • U17 team notched first playoff victory in NTDP history against the Chicago Steel, 3-0, on April 21 • U17 team was the first USHL team to win three consecutive playoff overtimes games INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE • U17 team was undefeated in international play with 14-0-0 record at World Hockey Challenge and Five Nations • U18 team won the 2018 Five Nations and won a silver medal at the IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Goaltender Drew DeRidder was perfect in USHL play with a 15-0-0 record • Forward Jack Hughes tallied 116 points in 60 games, the second highest single season total • Jack Hughes also broke the U17 year record of 82 points and holds the single season assists mark with 76 • Forward Cole Caufield's 54 goals the second highest single-season goal total • Forward Oliver Wahlstrom led the USHL in plus/ minus with +30 • Forward Erik Middendorf scored a goal in six consecutive NTDP playoff games P 1. BRETT HULL – 190 2. MIKE MODANO – 146 3. CHRIS CHELIOS – 144 4. PATRICK KANE – 123 5. JEREMY ROENICK – 122 STITCH IN TIME COMES FROM THE HEART It was a season for the record books at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, highlighted by individual milestones and team accomplishments for both the Under-17 and Under-18 teams. COMMUNITY by JASON KATES TOP 5 NHL American Playoff Performers * B as e d o n a l l- t i m e p o i n t s s co r e d PAT R I C K K A N E NHL NTDP 18 // JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM

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