The forward has arguably been regarded as one of the best players in the sport. As alternate captain, he helped bring Canada all the way to a fierce battle for gold against archrivals USA at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. But Canada lost 2-1 in overtime.
At the 2017 World Championships A-Pool in Gangneung, South Korea, McGregor recorded 12 goals to tie as the tournament leader. That included a hat-trick during the gold medal game against the USA. His two goals in 17 seconds helped seal Canada’s fourth world title, and second since McGregor debuted on the national team.
Twenty-four years old at PyeongChang 2018, McGregor has come a long way since his international debut in 2012.
The Canadian had his legs amputated due to cancer in 2009. Even after having to endure the tough reality of never playing stand-up hockey again, McGregor was adamant that hockey would be in his future.
He made his national team debut at December’s 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, where he recorded two assists in his first game, an 11-0 win over Japan.
The following year, McGregor was the youngest member on the Canadian team that won gold at the 2013 World Championships.
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He was part of the Canada Para ice hockey team that was one minute away from the gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. However, two late goals from the United States of America in the final meant the Canadians had to settle for silver. "Honestly, I'm just craving, absolutely craving the opportunity to play them [Team USA] again. Something that made it even more difficult is knowing that it was within our reach - within a minute - to accomplish something that many of us are have dreamed of our whole lives. It was honestly heartbreaking. It led to some of the more difficult, darker days of my adult life. We've worked extensively with our mental performance coach individually and as a group [in preparation for the 2022 Games in Beijing], just in terms of being honest and vulnerable with each other and trying to connect on a deeper, more meaningful level than just being these big, tough hockey players." (paralympic.org, 24 Feb 2021)
He began serving as captain for the Canadian Para ice hockey team in late 2019. “Essentially my first year as captain was trying to organise Zoom [video] calls every week to keep our team in touch and trying to find ways to motivate our team to continue training and to continue skating and stay prepared while we couldn't be together [due to the COVID-19 pandemic]. As a high-performance athlete, you gladly accept those added pressures and that responsibility because it ultimately challenges you to become better and to challenge not only yourself but the people around you to get the best of themselves.” (theobserver.ca, 04 Mar 2022; london.ctvnews.ca, 24 Feb 2022)
In February 2021 he raised more than 30,000 Canadian dollars for the Terry Fox Foundation by skating 25 kilometres in his Para ice hockey sledge. He completed the challenge at the Woodview Mountaintop Skating Loop in the Blue Mountains in Ontario, Canada. "Even as a young kid, Terry Fox was a huge inspiration to me and many other Canadians. When [McGregor was diagnosed with cancer], he became even more of a personal hero and inspiration for me in my life. [The skate] was certainly challenging at times, I think by about my 10th lap I was starting to get sore shoulders and forearms, and my hands are kind of blistered up. But all-in-all I was so lucky to have people there supporting me." (omha.net, 13 Mar 2021; collingwoodtoday.ca, 24 Feb 2021)
In 2016 he became an athlete mentor for Classroom Champions, a non-profit organisation that uses Olympic and Paralympic athletes as role models to help children set goals and improve digital literacy. (panasonic.com, 01 Jan 2021)
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