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Taylor Chace

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

United States
Higher education
Sport Studies - University of New Hampshire: Durham, NH, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2005 through the Northeast Passage programme at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, United States.
Why this sport?
"I remember being out there, just like when I learned to skate on two feet. It’s the same thing, you have to learn all the motor skills all over again. It was much harder than stand-up hockey when I started out. I worked hard at it and I loved it."
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for
United States

General interest

Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Patrice Bergeron, US ice hockey player Kevin Shattenkirk. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was inducted into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey in the United States of America. (, 26 Oct 2015)

He was named Best Defenceman at the 2013 World Championships A-Pool in Goyang, Republic of Korea. (, 21 Apr 2013)

He was voted the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for December 2012. (, 16 Jan 2013)

In 2010 he was named United States Olympic Committee [USOC] Paralympic Sportsman of the Year, and also part of USOC's Paralympic Team of the Year. (, 21 Jan 2011)

He was named Best Defenceman at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (, 12 Dec 2013)

He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2007 World Challenge in Kelowna, BC, Canada. (, 02 Feb 2014)
Other sports
He played able-bodied ice hockey at junior Olympic level. (, 04 Apr 2012)
He damaged the L1 vertebra in his spinal cord after hitting the boards during an ice hockey game in 2002. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Other information
He retired from international Para ice hockey in 2014. (Facebook page, 07 Nov 2016;, 2017)

He works as an athletic performance coach at Exeter Hospital in Hampton, NH, United States of America. He became a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. (Facebook profile, 30 Jun 2017;, 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group B 1
Men's Tournament Bronze Medal Match 102
Men's Tournament Semifinal 201
Men's Tournament Group B 5
Men's Tournament Group B 4
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Gold Medal Match 101
Mixed Semifinal 202
Mixed Group A 5
Mixed Group A 3
Mixed Group A 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group B 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group B 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group B - Standings 2014-03-11 2
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 202
Mixed Gold Medal Match 2014-03-15 101