Mike Blabac

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Kerri Tolokonsky-Blabac
Residence
Buffalo, NY, USA
Higher education
History, Political Science - Xavier University: Cincinnati, OH, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned about the sport from a friend at the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Club / Team
Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team: United States
Name of coach
Jeff Sauer [national]
Coach from which country?
United States
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender

General interest

Hobbies
Golf, motivational speaking. (pressbox.teamusa.org, 01 Dec 2009; eventnyr.nationalmssociety.org, 21 Mar 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2008 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships. (teamusa.org, 21 Mar 2010)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 27. He has visual issues and movement problems associated with the condition. His sister Liz Valentine said he has remained positive throughout his experience. "He was a regular hockey player and when this came about he was just really happy to get back on the ice again, no matter how it was." (eventnyr.nationalmssociety.org, 21 Mar 2010; wgrz.com, 20 Mar 2010)
Other information
COACH
He became assistant coach to the United States' National Development Ice Sledge Hockey team in 2012. (teamusa.org, 21 Mar 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 1
Mixed Group A 3
Mixed Group A 5
Mixed Semifinal 202
Mixed Gold Medal Match 101