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Most people aren't aware that there was an American team of amputee hockey players that went overseas to compete against other national teams, but with a Metroplex representative on the squad, it did attract some local interest. Aged 14, Flower Mound's Kevin Qualls was the youngest member of Team USA at the International Standing Ice Hockey Federation (ISIHF) World Championships in Riga, Latvia in late May. Team USA went 4-2 during the tournament, defeating teams from Latvia, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic before falling to Canada in the Gold Medal game by a 4-2 margin. Qualls, whose right arm stops a few inches past his elbow, was one of the few players on the team that does not wear a prosthesis. He has used one at times in the past, but is most comfortable without one and doesn't wear one to play. "It's harder to use the prosthesis," Kevin said. "With my arm, I can control whatever it does. (With the prosthesis), it's harder to pick up stuff and it only moves three fingers."
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