PyeongChang 2018: Canada name Para ice hockey team
Squad of 17 selected to help Canada toward first Paralympic gold since 200614 Feb 2018
Canada are aiming to improve on their bronze from Sochi at PyeongChang 2018
By Hockey Canada
“It was not an easy decision; our players have pushed each other all year to put us in the best possible position to win a gold medal. We’re excited to get to PyeongChang, put on the Team Canada jersey, and represent our country with pride.”
Hockey Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) have announced 17 players nominated to represent Team Canada at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Canada’s roster includes two goalkeepers, six defencemen and nine forwards:
• Forwards: Billy Bridges, Dominic Cozzolino, Ben Delaney, James Dunn, Liam Hickey, Tyler McGregor, Bryan Sholomicki, Corbyn Smith and Greg Westlake
Canada’s Paralympic Hockey Team also features 10 players (Arsenault, Bowden, Bridges, Delaney, Dixon, Gemmell, Larocque, McGregor, Watson and Westlake) who brought home the bronze medal from Sochi 2014; three players (Bowden, Bridges and Westlake) who captured Canada’s first Paralympic gold medal at Torino 2006; and 16 players (Armstrong, Arsenault, Bowden, Bridges, Cozzolino, Delaney, Dixon, Gemmell, Henry, Hickey, Larocque, McGregor, Sholomicki, Smith, Watson and Westlake) who won the gold medal at the 2017 World Para Hockey Championships A-Pool.
“It has been a long season of training, regional camps and international competition, but it has brought us to today where we can move on to the next stage with the 17 players we have chosen to represent Canada,” said head coach Ken Babey. “It was not an easy decision; our players have pushed each other all year to put us in the best possible position to win a gold medal. We’re excited to get to PyeongChang, put on the Team Canada jersey, and represent our country with pride.”
Canada’s Paralympic Hockey Team will be in search of its first gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games since sitting atop the podium in 2006, beginning with the first puck-drop against Sweden on 10 March.