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a male Para ice hockey player

Pavel Kubes

Para Ice Hockey

Czech Republic captain Pavel Kubes led his team to qualify for PyeongChang 2018. He scored one of two goals in the battle for fifth place, but his side could not overcome Norway in the fifth-place game.

Kubes helped his team reach PyeongChang by winning the 2017 Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden. It capped a remarkable comeback season for the Czechs following their relegation to the B-Pool in 2015. Kubes scored a team-high five goals as the Czechs proved they belonged back in the A-Pool, finishing undefeated.

Kubes was also an integral part of his team's performance at the 2015 World Championships and the side that subsequently won the B-Pool Worlds in Tomakomai, Japan,

He started playing the sport in 2004 after he saw a documentary about teammate Tomas Kvoch.

“I remember myself 10 years ago watching the documentary and trying the sport, and now look, I’m the captain of the team,” Kubes said.

“If there is anybody who would like to try this, I was in the same position 10 years ago, so I’m willing to help. I’d love to help.”

The defenceman led his team to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A Pool in Hamar, Norway, losing to favourites Canada in the bronze-medal game and in 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Goyang, South Korea.

The Czech Republic finished fifth at both the 2009 World Championships – which it hosted in Ostrava – and the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, maintaining that form at Sochi 2014.

When he is not on the ice practicing, Kubes works as a carpenter in his hometown Pardubice. He also enjoys travelling, handbiking and skiing in his free time.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Two sons
Residence
Pardubice, CZE
Languages
Czech, Slovak

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005 in Kolin, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to try Para ice hockey after watching a documentary about Czech player Tomas Kvoch. "I like team sports."
Club / Team
SHK Mustangove AUTO IN: Pardubice, CZE
Name of coach
Jakub Novotny [national]
Training Regime
He trains for 10 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Czech Republic

General interest

Nicknames
Kubesa, Tomino, Kratas (caths.cz, 25 Feb 2014; Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Swimming, cars, motorcycles. (hokej.cz, 17 Jun 2021; Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian Para ice hockey player Rolf Einar Pedersen, Czech ice hockey player Jaromir Jagr. (paralympic.org, 30 Jan 2013; Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He was named in the 2014/15 Czech Para Hockey League [CPHL] All-Star Team. (hokej.cz, 08 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To win medals at the world championships and the Paralympic Winter Games. (hokej.cz, 23 Jun 2018)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 05 Dec 2012)
Other information
LEADER
He has captained the Czech national team. "Being the captain of the Czech national team is an honour, I accepted it humbly. I was surprised that the boys chose such an old wolf, but it's a big challenge." (hokej.cz, 17 Jun 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2
Mixed Group A 3
Mixed Group A 6
Mixed Classification 5-8 201
Mixed Classification 5-6 101
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 3
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 202
Mixed Classification 5-8 2014-03-14 101
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 3
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 1
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-6 2018-03-16 1