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Zach Lavin

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2017 in Okotoks, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport after one of his mother's friends met an amputee at the gym. "I played every sport except hockey growing up. Part of the reason I wanted to do hockey is I wanted to do something new, a fresh start."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Training Regime
He trains five or six times a week. His sessions include strength work, cardio, and time on the ice.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Ostrava, CZE

General interest

Nicknames
Snack, McLovin (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Hunting. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the world championships in 2019 and 2021. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Canadian Para ice hockey player Chris Cederstrand. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Canadian Para ice hockey player James Dunn. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love the brotherhood aspect. Every guy on my team has been through some pretty crazy things, and we use that to fuel for games." (cbc.ca, 05 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (cbc.ca, 05 Dec 2019)
Impairment
Both of his legs were amputated below the knee due to frost bite damage after he got lost in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in February 2016. He was found by volunteers after a search party was sent out to find him. He also suffered frost bite on both hands but was able to make a full recovery. "I was going out for a hiking trip and I got myself kind of disorientated. I ended up getting lost in the mountains, so for three days I was trying to find my way back out." (Hockey Canada Facebook page, 07 Dec 2017; albertasledge.com, 26 Aug 2017)
Other information
LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS
In February 2016 his legs had to be amputated because of frostbite damage after he got lost in the Rocky Mountains for three days. He was eventually rescued by three volunteers who were searching for him. "[Whether I would actually survive] definitely crossed my mind and I think due to dehydration as well. There was some tough things and it took me a bit to keep level-headed. Family was a big part of what kept me going, I think. I remember there were volunteers that came and they gave me a blanket and stuff. It was pretty emotional coming out of the woods finally and it felt like pretty quickly after that my family was around and the paramedics came." (calgary.ctvnews.ca, 04 Jun 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied business at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, AB, Canada. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)