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Benoit St-Amand

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Veronique, daughter Sydney-Lee
Residence
Saint-Hubert, QC, CAN
Occupation
Bank Employee
Languages
French, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age 24 in Montreal, QC, Canada
Why this sport?
He had played ice hockey his entire life. When he lost his leg he searched for a version of ice hockey for people with an impairment.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Canada
Location
Germany

General interest

Nicknames
One-Leg ["My buddy from high school was tired of calling my name and having three Benoit's turn around so he started calling me One-Leg - due to the fact that I'm missing a leg - and that way, everyone knew who he was talking to"]. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Hobbies
Watching movies, playing with his dogs, spending time with his family. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
Canadian ice sledge hockey coach Dany Verner. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always sits in the same place on the team bus. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To have what you've never had you must do what you've never done." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated above the knee in 1995 after he was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1993. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
On 10 October 2014 he announced his retirement from competitive ice sledge hockey. "Now feels like the right time to step away, try new things and spend more time with my family." (kelownadailycourier.ca, 10 Oct 2014)

SWITCHING POSITIONS
In 2004 he was accepted onto the Canadian national sledge hockey team as a forward. During his second season the team was looking for a goaltender, so he volunteered and served as a replacement at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (benoitstamand.com, 01 Apr 2012)

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING
He speaks regularly to businesses and children in Canada as part of the RBC Olympians community ambassador programme. His goal is to show children how potentially tragic experiences, such as having cancer and losing a limb, can be turned into positive outcomes. "In life there are many obstacles, but nothing is insurmountable. I am living proof of that." (enbeauce.com, 19 Mar 2013, newswire.ca, 09 Oct 2013)

OCCUPATION
He works for RBC Royal Bank in Canada in administration. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)

Results

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