As the U.S. sled hockey team takes on Russia for Paralympic gold, a SoCal Kings contingent pushes forward with interest

LA Kings Sled Hockey team manager Todd Jenkins, right, makes adjustments to Larney Johnson's sled during practice at LA Kings Icetown in Riverside. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

LA Kings Sled Hockey team manager Todd Jenkins, right, makes adjustments to Larney Johnson’s sled during practice at LA Kings Icetown in Riverside. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The U.S. team faces Russia again in the gold-medal game Saturday for the Paralympic sled hockey title (Channel 4, 9 a.m. live from Sochi). A local sled hockey team is rooting them on.

Christie Jenkins, left, helps xxxxx bring her son, xxxx, onto the ice for sled hockey practice. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Christie Jenkins, left, helps Maria Estabrooks lift her son, Ethan,  onto the ice for sled hockey practice. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The L.A. Kings Sled Hockey program, started five years ago by Todd and Christie Jenkins as something their son, Nick, could participate in, has been steadily getting more and more participation as those with disabilities consider whether the sport is something they want to try.

Here are the links to our story and photo gallery on the inspiring group.

In the meantime:
== Info on the Kings Sled Hockey team can be found at SoCalSledHockey.blogspot.com, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SoCalSledHockey and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LAKingsSledHockey
==  A recent Fox Sports West piece on the team can be viewed here.
== The hour-long PBS documentary “Ice Warriors” can be viewed at the PBS website.
== The Kings Icetown Riverside facility is at 10540 Magnolia Ave., in Riverside off the 91 Freeway.

Sled hockey players Wes Barrientos, of Bakersfield, left, Joshua Swope, of Lakewood, and Nicholas Jenkins, of San Bernardino, share a laugh as they get ready to play at LA Kings Icetown in Riverside. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Sled hockey players Wes Barrientos, of Bakersfield, left, Joshua Swope, of Lakewood, and Nicholas Jenkins, of San Bernardino, share a laugh as they get ready to play at LA Kings Icetown in Riverside.
(Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

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