Five things to know: Canada's sledge hockey team

The Canadians are looking to sweep the ice hockey events at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 26 Feb 2014
Greg Westlake

Greg Westlake, one of the world's top ice sledge hockey forward, will captain the Canadian team at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

ⒸHockey Canada
By Ryan McKenna | For the IPC

Canada enter the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games as the defending world champions and top seed.

1. Sochi 2014 will mark the sixth time Canada will compete in ice sledge hockey at the Paralympic Winter Games. They made their debut at Lillehammer in 1994 and have medalled in four of the six Games.

2. At Vancouver 2010, Canada missed the podium by falling to Norway in the bronze-medal game but won gold at Torino 2006.

3. Canada enter the Sochi 2014 Games as the No. 1 seed after defeating the USA, 1-0, at last year’s World Championships A-Pool in Goyang, South Korea.

4. Sixteen of the 17 players who competed at the World Championships last year are on Canada’s roster for Sochi, including Tyler McGregor, 19, and Ben Delaney, 17.

5. Canada have two IPC One’s to Watch: Greg Westlake and Brad Bowden. The offensive forces play on a line with Billy Bridges and combined have 11 years of sledge hockey experience at the Paralympics.