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Jack Wallace

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Nashville, TN, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Biomedical Science - College of New Jersey: Ewing, NJ, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2009 in Woodbridge, NJ, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He liked ice hockey before his accident and wanted to return to the sport following his amputation. He first heard about Para ice hockey while at a Camp No Limits event in Maine, United States of America. When he got home from the camp he joined a local team in New Jersey, United States of America. "They kind of taught me that I'm not the only one with a prosthetic; I'm not the only amputee in the world. One of the volunteers asked me, 'What are your favourite sports?' I said, 'Hockey', and he said, 'Oh, did you ever hear of sled hockey?' My parents found a local programme in Woodbridge."
Club / Team
New Jersey Freeze [USA] / Woodbridge Warriors [USA]:
Name of coach
David Hoff [national], USA
Training Regime
He trains for between 16 and 20 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
United States
Opponent
Republic of Korea
Location
Charlottetown, PEI, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Playing video games, travelling, cooking, playing guitar. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
US Para ice hockey player Declan Farmer. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey players Martin Brodeur and Scott Stevens. (njmonthly.com, 28 Feb 2022; Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I still have the same dry-fit shirt I did when I was 12." (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You get out of life what you put in." (sikids.com, 03 Apr 2018)
Other sports
He has represented the United States of America in Para canoe sprint, and competed at the 2019 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. He won a gold medal with the US team in Para ice hockey at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Dec 2021; olympics.nbcsports.com, 22 Aug 2019; teamusa.usahockey.com, 20 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (njmonthly.com, 28 Feb 2022)
Impairment
In July 2008 he was involved in a boating accident while on holiday with his family on Lake George, NY, United States of America. His injuries led to the amputation of his right leg above the knee. He was in a coma for three days and spent two months in hospital. (njmonthly.com, 28 Feb 2022)
Other information
TAKING UP CANOE
After winning gold in Para ice hockey at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he decided to take up Para canoe sprint with a view to competing at both the summer and winter editions of the Paralympic Games. "Right after [the 2018 Paralympics], me and Brody [US Para ice hockey player Brody Roybal] were hanging out talking and we were discussing what it would be like if we started doing summer and winter [Games]. And he was more joking around, but I internalised that, and said, 'Well, what if I did that?' And I started looking around at different sports, tried out a couple, and then I found kayaking, and I really liked it. You're outside, it's great cross-training in the summer. I'm still part of the national team for hockey and I'm definitely still committed to that. My only stipulation for picking up a summer sport was that it wouldn't take anything away from hockey, so I think kayak is the best route for that, because it's similar muscle groups, it has kind of off-set training seasons, and stuff like that." (teamusa.usahockey.com, 20 Sep 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 2
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 5
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 2
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1