Class of 2018
Josh Misiewicz

Josh Misiewicz started playing hockey when he was young, first playing Roller Hockey across the street with friends and eventually playing in outdoor and indoor leagues. He first started playing Ice Hockey when he was a second-year Peewee, playing for the Franklin Park Panthers. That went on until Lyons Township High School. Josh tried out Sophomore year and made the Varsity as they won the Silver Cup for ISHL. In his Senior year, Josh was the Leading Scorer for ISHL and made the All-State team as well as the Chicago Showcase. After High School, Josh went to St. Mary’s University, where he played for two years. He left school, answering the call to fight for his country and joined the Marines. In 2010 he was deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion 5th Marines as a Machine Gunner. On July 20, 2011, Josh was injured by an IED while on foot patrol and lost both his legs. After his injury, he was at Walter Reed Hospital and started playing Sled Hockey with the USA Warriors. Sled hockey, or “sledge” as it’s called outside the U.S., was invented at a Stockholm, Sweden rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of disabled players who wanted to continue playing the game. Players sit in specially designed sleds atop two hockey skate blades and use two sticks instead of one. The sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves, and goalies wear gloves with metal picks sewn into the backside to allow them to maneuver. “I don’t know how my life would have turned out after being injured without hockey,” says Misiewicz. While in rehab, Josh tried out for the USA National Team. He first made the development program and then in his second year made the National Team, winning the World Championship that year with an undefeated Season. The next year Josh was on the National team again, winning the championship once again. In 2018 he “worked hard and made the Paralympic team” where he went to South Korea and Won Gold.

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