Sarah Spencer profiles Upper St. Clair's Harrison Burgess, who was selected to the U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team.
"After learning he'd been selected to the 2017-18 U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team, 15-year-old Harrison Burgess played a trick on his mom, Michele.
"He said 'Before we go out tonight, we need to stop at the hockey store ... I need to get a new white helmet with the USA logo on it,'" Michele Burgess said.
A sophomore at Upper St. Clair, Burgess will be the youngest player and one of three new faces on the development team, which participates in its own events in addition to training with the national sled hockey team. Burgess, who has spina bifida, hopes to make the Paralympics team and compete in the 2022 Paralympics, which will be played after the Winter Games.
After watching a video of the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins sled hockey team during intermission of a Penguins game, Burgess, age 8, decided to take to the ice. He started on the novice team, advanced to the junior level team and attended a six-day USA Hockey's sled hockey player development camp in July before being selected to the development team."