BEIJING — Jack Wallace scored a first-period hat trick for the U.S. Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team on Sunday, and the Bergen County native said the best was yet to come for the team.
Wallace, 23, plays defense for the US Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team. He and his team won a gold medal at the PyeongChang Winter Games four years ago. The team also won world championship gold in 2019 and 2021.
According to his Team USA page, Wallace was born in Ridgewood, graduated from Indian Hills High School in Oakland and lives in Franklin Hills. Declan Farmer and Josh Pauls, two other New Jersey natives, are also on the national team, as reported by My Central Jersey.
Wallace scored his hat trick in the team’s 9-1 win over South Korea on Sunday.
“There are little things that we have to keep working on and building on,” Wallace told Team USA. “But I think we are on the right trajectory to play our best game at the end of the week.”
Team USA also beat Canada 5-0 in their first game.
The next game is the semi-finals on Friday March 11; The American team has only two opponents in the preliminary round after the Russian athletes were banned from participating.
Wallace lost part of his right leg in a boating accident in 2008, according to Team USA. He has been part of the US national team since 2016.
Wallace’s favorite food is Buffalo chicken pizza, and his dream job is to become a pilot, his page said. His hobbies include skiing, playing the guitar, camping, woodworking, golfing and boating.
The Paralympic Games in Beijing air on NBC and the Peacock streaming service.
The sledge hockey team donned sleeveless plaid lumberjack shirts and fuzzy hats to cheer on the curling team on their day off.