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Rod Crane

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Meaford, ON, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing able-bodied ice hockey at about age six. He took up Para ice hockey in 2014 in Elmvale, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
He was an ice hockey player and fan before his accident. "I spent my whole childhood at the hockey rink, and to be able to get out there again and do what I love to do after such a traumatic incident is just incredible."
Club / Team
Elmvale Bears: Canada
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Canada
Opponent
United States of America
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Ostrava, CZE

General interest

Nicknames
Milk Bag [given to him by Canadian Para ice hockey player Anton Jacobs-Webb]. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Walking his dog, spending time with friends and family, reading, spending time outdoors, kayaking, hiking, travel. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His father Eric. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Canadian wheelchair racer Rick Hansen. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Quit thinking about it and do it. I thought about hockey from the day it happened, and it took me four years to try it." (collingwoodtoday.ca, 27 Feb 2018)

"If you aren't first, you're last." (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has competed in Para alpine skiing in Canada. (collingwoodtoday.ca, 27 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He sustained a spinal cord injury in March 2010 after attempting a backflip on a trampoline. His injuries resulted in incomplete paraplegia. (Hockey Canada Facebook page, 03 May 2019; Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)