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Sled hockey helps Josh Sweeney in his recovery (video)

Josh Sweeney

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. FEBRUARY 27: U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team athlete Josh Sweeney stretches prior to the start of the the team’s final U.S. based practice at the Sertich Ice Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 27, 2014. Sweeney, is one of four athletes on the team who has served, or is currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. The team travels to Sochi, Russia this week to begin defense of their 2010 Paralympic gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Jason Connolly/Getty Images)

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Josh Sweeney, the lone goal scorer in the 2014 Paralympic sled hockey gold-medal game, is back with Team USA in search of IPC World Championship gold over the next 10 days.

Sweeney, 27, served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device on Oct. 28, 2009, becoming a bilateral amputee.

“When the blast went off, I remember thinking to myself, oh, this is what it feels like to be blown up,” Sweeney told NBC Sports. “I saw that my hands were all messed up. I knew that my legs were gone, because I couldn’t walk. So I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know how bad. It turned out to be better than it could have been.”

Sweeney, who used to play ice hockey, turned to sled hockey and became a star, making his first World Championship team in 2012 and his first Paralympic team in 2014.

In Sochi, Sweeney’s second-period goal was the difference in a 1-0 victory over Russia in the gold-medal game. He went on to earn the Tillman Award for Service at the ESPYs.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream every game of the IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., starting Sunday and running through May 3.

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DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Sun., April 26Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. Czech RepublicNBC Sports Live Extra9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. ItalyNBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Russia vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Mon., April 27Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Czech RepublicNBC Sports Live Extra9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. RussiaNBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Wed., April 29Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. RussiaNBC Sports Live Extra10:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra2 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Czech Republic vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra5:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. NorwayNBC Sports Live Extra9 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USA *NBCSN10:30 p.m.
Thur., April 30Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Fri., May 1Semifinal Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBA*NBCSN10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 2Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Sun., May 3Bronze Medal GameNBC Sports Live Extra11 a.m.
Gold Medal GameNBCSN2:30 p.m.

*denotes same-day delay