two Para ice hockey players contest the puck

Adam Dixon

Para Ice Hockey

Adam Dixon joined the Canadian national team in the 2006-07 season and has since been important in breaking the puck out of Canada’s own zone, as well as providing veteran leadership. The two-time Paralympic medallist helped Canada reach the final against USA at the 2018 Games, where his side lost in a heartbreaking overtime battle.

At the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea; Dixon recorded four goals and 14 assists, and was awarded the Best Defenceman, as Canada won.

He was Canada’s top scorer with four goals at Sochi 2014.

Dixon was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg when he was 10 years old. Despite his young age, he was involved in high-level hockey, and the transition to just automatically stop playing the game that he loved was difficult.

Once recovered, Dixon tried playing goalie in stand-up hockey but realised it was not going to work out. A family friend had suggested Para ice hockey while he was still recovering from cancer, and at age 11, he made the switch to the sledge and has developed into one of the game’s top defencemen who can also score from the back-end and create opportunities for his teammates.


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Barrie, ON, CAN
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - Georgian College: Barrie, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey at age 11 with the Elmvale Bears club in Ontario, Canada. He switched from able-bodied ice hockey following the operation on his leg.
Why this sport?
He grew up playing ice hockey and naturally found Para ice hockey appealing following his treatment for bone cancer. "The biggest challenge was getting used to balancing, learning how to take the angles and not skating backwards."
Club / Team
Elmvale Bears: Canada
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for
Kelowna, BC, CAN

General interest

Rusty ["Players call me Rusty because I'm old and have a red beard."] (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Astrology, tarot cards. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US naturalist Richard Proenneke. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
In 2016 he cut off the end of his thumb while making a table. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fine, I'll do it myself." [fictional character John Ottway, played by Liam Neeson in the film 'The Grey'] (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Defenceman at the world championships in 2008 and 2017. (, 30 Jan 2018; Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)

He took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. His leg of the relay was in Midland, ON, Canada. (, 10 Jun 2015)

In 2014 he was inducted into the Midland Sports Hall of Fame in Ontario, Canada. (, 23 Sep 2014)

In 2014 he had a street, Adam Dixon Way, named after him in Midland, ON, Canada. (, 30 Apr 2014)
To win a gold medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 08 Sep 2021)
He was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma at age 10. The cancer led to the removal of his right tibia, which was replaced with a donor bone, a metal plate and multiple screws. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Other information
He took a three-year break from competitive Para ice hockey after winning a silver medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He returned to the squad in 2021 ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "Turns out life is not always in your control and I wasn't doing what I was planning on doing anyway, so I might as well go back to what I was good at. I am not going to be the person I was and it's going to take a while to get back to that. I hope I can still do that, like I used to." (, 09 Sep 2021)

In 2004 he appeared in a five-part documentary on children surviving cancer called Cancer Kids Fighting and Winning. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 1
Mixed Group B 4
Mixed Group B 5
Mixed Semifinal 201
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 102
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 2
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 4
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 1
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 202
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 2014-03-15 102
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 2
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 1
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1