Special prosthetic helps hockey player shoot for college dream

Updated: January 17, 2020 08:12 PM

The Minnesota Moose skated early Friday morning ahead of weekend games at Fogerty Arena.

On the ice was Josh Hampel, a new defenseman on the team this year for the U.S. Premier Hockey League team.


"I love everything about hockey,” Hampel said. “It's my passion, I grew up around it."

Hampel, 18, as an amputee he uses a 3-piece prosthetic device on his left lower arm to play hockey.

“This is a masterpiece, honestly,” Hampel said as he showed the device, which was designed by a Canadian doctor, to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

He wears a special sleeve with a locking pin on his upper-arm that connects to a prosthetic with a hockey glove built-in before it finally snaps into the stick, which has a locking piece on top.

Hampel caught the attention of the Moose coaching staff last year before signing him to join the team, a two-time defending Midwest-West Champions.

"His work ethic is really what brought us to him," said Moose Head Coach Jon Jonasson. "He doesn't want to leave the rink, he wants to make sure he perfects everything.”

Jonasson says Hampel is a leader on the ice and in the locker room.

Hampel’s goal is to join a NCAA Division I hockey program. He’s got a 4.0 GPA from high school along with the 80 mph slap shot.

"That's my goal right now," Hampel said. “My dream is to play in the National Hockey League, I think I'll be able to do both eventually.”

He’s been playing hockey since age 5 and has drawn attention from other kids around the world like him that have been working hard just to make the team.

"The further I go, the further they can believe they can go," said Hampel.

The Minnesota Moose game Friday night was canceled due to the weather, but the team plays again Saturday night in Blaine against the Minnesota Mullets.

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