Tampa's Declan Farmer, the leading scorer for the gold-medal-winning U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team, won the best male athlete with a disability award at ESPN's ESPYs ceremony Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Farmer, 16, led the Americans with three goals and five points in March at Sochi, Russia. A junior at Berkeley Prep in the fall, Farmer scored twice and had an assist in a 3-0 win over Canada that put the United States in the gold-medal game. The Americans beat Russia 1-0 to become the first sled hockey team to win back-to-back golds.
Farmer was born a bilateral amputee, one leg above the knee, the other below. He walks with prosthetics.
He discovered sled hockey eight years ago at a clinic in Clearwater. In 2012 he made the national team as a 14-year-old and held his own skating against players in their 20s and 30s.