Thousands of disabled people have fallen in love with sled hockey, an exciting and popular Paralympic sport with professional leagues spanning the globe.
One of those players is U.S. Marine Sergeant Josh Sweeney.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Sweeney played roller hockey in junior high then progressed to ice hockey during high school. He fell in love with the game; the camaraderie, the physical toll and the adrenaline rush.
"I was more of a bang-into-someone-to-get-the-puck type of player," Sweeney said. "I filled that role and had a lot of fun doing it."
Hockey took a backseat when Sweeney filled a new role, this time as a member of the United States Marine Corps on the front lines in Afghanistan. During his second deployment -- his first was in Spain -- he lived on forward operating bases, places where Sweeney says he was "in direct contact with the enemy."