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Jean Labonte

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Isabelle and one son
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Computer Science - University of Quebec: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing ice sledge hockey in 1994 for the Ottawa Sledgehammers in Ontario, Canada.
Why this sport?
He never played ice hockey as a youth, but while recovering in hospital after the amputation of his leg he read an article about ice sledge hockey and became interested in playing. At the time he was too busy with his studies, but a few years later work colleague Herve Lord, who was a member of Canada's national ice sledge hockey team, convinced him to join the Ottawa Sledgehammers club in Ontario, Canada.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

General interest

Nicknames
Johnny, Labby (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Handcycling, golf, supporting the Montreal Canadians ice hockey team. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It’s not that because you have a disability that you cannot perform or do great things in life, and I’m not talking about only sports. It doesn’t stop anyone from doing anything." (globaltvbc.com, 08 Mar 2010)
Awards and honours
He was Canada's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (allvoices.com, 08 Mar 2010)

He received national coach's awards in 2003, 2006 and 2007. (hockeycanada.ca, 2010)

He was named Canada's Most Valuable Player [MVP] for 2001 and 2004. (hockeycanada.ca, 2010)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1986 and had an above-knee amputation of his left leg in 1990. (hockeycanada.ca, 2010; hockey54.com 22 Mar 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from the national team in September 2010. (tsn.ca, 07 Sept 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games (Nagano, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group B 1
Men's Tournament Group B 4
Men's Tournament Group B 5
Men's Tournament Semifinal 201
Men's Tournament Gold Medal Match 101
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group A 4
Men's Tournament Group A 5
Men's Tournament Semifinal 202
Men's Tournament Gold Medal Match 101
Men's Tournament Group A 1
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
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Bronze Medal Match 1
Men's Tournament Preliminary 14
Men's Tournament Preliminary 3
Men's Tournament Preliminary 7
Men's Tournament Preliminary 10
Men's Tournament Preliminary 13