Declan Joseph Farmer is a professional ice sledge hockey player. He was born in Tampa, Florida on November 5, 1997 and loved ice hockey at an early age. Farmer is a disabled player, but that has never stopped him from achieving his hockey goals. In fact, he has been playing hockey since the age of 9 and tried out for a local team at that age. His passion for hockey led him to the Berkeley Preparatory School, and he is currently studying at Princeton University. Farmer is 20 years old and competed in the Paralympics in Sochi back in 2014.
As a bilateral amputee, Declan Farmer joined the American National Team in 2012. He was 14 years of age at the time and went on to play for the Space Coast Hurricanes. Farmer also played for the Florida Bandits and Tampa Bay Lightning sledge hockey teams. He even scored eight points in the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships. Farmer, of course, played for Team USA in that event and finished first with the most points scored.
In 2014, Declan Farmer won the Best Disabled Male Athlete Award at the ESPY Awards.
Declan Farmer is a true inspiration to all ice hockey fans, teams and leagues. His passion and love for the game has taken him to new heights — on and off the ice. Declan continues to play sled hockey when time permits, but also speaks at local sporting and corporate team-building events in Tampa. Farmer continues to show that disabilities should never become obstacles in achieving your dreams. This is why he also coaches younger players and is truly a beacon of excellence not just in hockey — but in all sports and life in general.