Dan McCoy (sledge hockey)

Daniel McCoy (born January 24, 1994) is an ice sledge hockey player from the USA and Member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Dan took part in the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, where USA won the gold medal. They defeated Russia 1-0 in the final.

Dan McCoy
McCoy in 2015
Personal information
Full nameDaniel Frank McCoy
Born (1994-01-24) January 24, 1994
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active2003–present
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
Country United States
SportIce sledge hockey
DisabilitySpina Bifida
ClubPittsburgh Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey (2000-present)
TeamU.S. National Sled Hockey

McCoy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born with spina bifida, McCoy has been an inspiration for perseverance and determination as he continues to challenge himself to rise above his disability.

Biographical Information

Daniel Frank McCoy was born at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh to Mark and Angela(née Piluso) McCoy. McCoy was born with myelomeningocele (Spina Bifida) at lumbar area 3-4 which has resulted in partial paralysis.

At the age of 5, McCoy was introduced to the sport of sled hockey by volunteers from Shriners Hospital in Erie, PA who traveled to Pittsburgh twice a month to provide sports therapy for individuals with physical disabilities in the area. At the time, McCoy's three-year-older brother Andrew was beginning to play stand-up hockey. McCoy knew that physically he couldn't play hockey like his brother but found that sled hockey, where players sit in sleds and propel themselves using two mini hockey sticks equipped with picks on one end, was as challenging. McCoy is one of the original players in the Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey organization and still competes with the senior team as captain.

At the age of 8, McCoy watched the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympic Games in which a fellow Mighty Penguins player, Josh Wirt, was a member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Seeing Team U.S.A win gold inspired a dream in McCoy to one day compete for the U.S. at the Paralympics.

At the age of 14, McCoy was selected for the U.S. Development Sled Hockey Team (Junior Sled Hockey team). At the age of 16, he was selected for the U.S. National Sled Hockey team. His dream of competing for his country came true when he traveled to Sochi in 2014 and competed in the Paralympic's sledge hockey games bringing home gold.

In addition to playing sled hockey, McCoy attends the University of Pittsburgh studying communications with plans for graduate studies in the rehabilitation sciences. He is also active in cross-fit, handcycling, and paracanoe.

Sled Hockey Career Highlights[1]


  • Gold medalist at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
  • As a member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, has played in three International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championships (gold – 2012, 2015; silver – 2013) and seven World Sled Hockey Challenge tournaments (first – 2012, 2015, 2016; second – 2011 (Nov.), 2013; third – 2011 (Apr.))
  • Helped Team USA to a first-place finish at the January 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Scored twice in the championship game win vs. Korea
  • Helped Team USA to a third-place finish at the March 2011 Japan Para Ice Sled Hockey Championship in Nagano, Japan. Tallied one assist in three games
  • Two-time U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team member (2009–10)

Paralympic Winter Games

  • 2014: Tallied two assists over five games

IPC Sled Hockey World Championship

  • 2015: Collected two points (1-1) in four games. Scored a goal in the gold-medal victory over Canada.
  • 2013: Recorded one assist over four games
  • 2012: Notched one goal in five games

World Sled Hockey Challenge

  • 2016: Notched a goal and an assist in five games. Named U.S. Player of the Game in the 6-2 victory over Russia.
  • 2015: Tallied six points (2-4) in five games
  • 2013: Skated in all five games
  • 2012: Scored twice in five games
  • 2011 (Nov.): Scored twice in five games
  • 2011 (Apr.): Posted four points (3-1) in five games


  1. "Dan McCoy". Olympics and Paralympics. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
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