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Fountain's Robynne Hill Named to US Women's Para Ice Hockey Team for Fifth Straight Year


September 20, 2017

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Robynne Hill, back row, far right, and her 2017-2018 teammates.

Fountain's own 21-year-old Robynne Hill was named to the US Women's Para Ice Hockey Team for the fifth straight year following tryouts at a Sled Hockey Development Camp last month in Voorhees, NJ. She is the only national level female player in the state.

During the camp, the 36 participants participated in five sessions, three sessions of drills and two sessions of intersquad scrimmages. They also learned from their coaches the techniques and skills needed to improve their level of sled hockey play.

Throughout the weekend, the players were evaluated by the coaching staff. At the end of the weekend, the head coach and assistant coach selected 15 players and three alternates from across the United States for the 2017-2018 team.

Hill, the daughter of Stephanie Perry and Garry Hill, said she was excited be on the team for a fifth straight year.

"What's really exciting is that we are going to play in Denver (Feb. 22-25) so my family and friends will be able to see me play competitively at an elite level," she said.

The rest of the team's tentative schedules include:

*Sept. 28-Oct. 1-Madison, WI

*Dec. 8-10-Tampa, FL

*Jan. 26-28-St. Louis, MO

*April 27-29-Nashville, TN

*May-possible international event

Making the team marks the end of an uphill battle for Hill. After being selected for the 2016-17 team and participating in several tournaments, Hill found out she needed to have spinal fusion surgery. As a result, she had to leave the team and put the sport aside for a few months. Now, six months after her February surgery and following a lot of rehabilitation and training, she is back on the team and looking forward to playing competitively again.

"It's great to be back on the team. I'm ready to go and play competitive hockey," she said.

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Robynne Hill

Sledge Hockey (now known as Para Ice Hockey) is a sport that was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play the game of ice hockey. Para ice hockey was invented in the early 1960s in Stockholm, Sweden, at a rehabilitation centre. It is currently one of the most popular sports in the Winter Paralympic Games. Sledge, or Sled, Hockey, follows the same rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with modifications. Instead of skates, players use double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath them. Players use two sticks which are equipped with a spiked-end for pushing on one end and a blade-end on the opposite end for shooting. As in stand-up hockey, the game consists of three 15-minute periods.

Hill has Cerebral Palsy, Juvenile degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. She has experienced pain and inflammation in her lower limbs and had to forego stand up sports, which was very aggravating for this natural athlete. "Finding sled hockey was a natural way for me to be the athlete I want to be. I can be aggressive and an important part of a great team," said Hill.

U.S. Women's Para Ice Hockey is dependent on donations for funding. All donations and sponsorships are tax deductible through Sled Hockey America.

For more information about the team and sponsorship, check out their sponsorship page on their website:


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