UNH Alum Taylor Chace Wins Gold in Sochi
DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire alum Taylor Chace ’11 won a gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games as an alternate captain on the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Team USA captured first place in the tournament by defeating host team Russia, 1-0, at Shayba Arena on March 15.
Chace, who graduated from UNH with a degree in Sports Studies and currently plays for the Northeast Passage Wildcats club team, helped the U.S. become the first nation to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in sled hockey. He was also part of the gold-medal team at the 2010 Paralympic Games at Vancouver, British Columbia.
The three-time Paralympian, who switched from forward to defenseman at the start of the 2009-10 season, recorded a goal and two assists for three points in five games at the 2014 Paralympics. He recorded an assist on the game-winning goal vs. Italy in the March 8 opener and then scored the game-winning goal in Team USA’s 3-0 victory vs. Korea on March 9 that propelled the U.S. into the medal round.
In the medal round, Chace tallied an assist on Team USA’s second goal to propel the team to a 3-0 victory against Canada on March 13. Through four games, he logged the most ice time of any American player in the Paralympics with an average of 29:33 per game (in a 45-minute game).
Chace has been playing on the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team since 2005 and he took home a bronze medal from the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turino, Italy. He served as alternate captain in the 2007-08 season, captain in 2011-12 and tri-captain in 2012-13. Chace was tabbed Best Defenseman by the tournament directorate at the 2010 Paralympic Games and went on to be named U.S. Olympic Committee 2010 Paralympic SportsMan of the Year.