National Sledge Hockey Team trains for Paralympics at SAC
Canada’s Men's National Sledge Hockey Team arrived on campus Sunday for a training camp leading into the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Old Boy Marshall Starkman ’89 is the team’s manager and is excited to be with the athletes on campus.
In 1994, sledge hockey made its debut at the Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The Canadian team captured bronze at the inaugural competition. Twenty years later, at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team won bronze, defeating Norway 3-0. It was the team’s fourth medal all-time at the Paralympics, following a gold in Italy (2006) and silver in Japan (1998).
This week, the Canadian team will spend most of its time in the La Brier Family Arena, including the Rowntree Weight Room and Yuill Andrean Room.
On Wednesday evening, a group of students will don sleds and compete alongside the national team in a friendly game. Not only will it be a great event to witness, but students in the sleds will gain an understanding of how difficult they can be to maneuver.
A few members of the national team will also address boys Thursday morning during a special assembly.
As a build-up to the 2018 Games, Team Canada competed in the 2017 Para Sled Hockey World Championship in South Korea in April. Canada lost to the United States in the preliminary round, but exacted its revenge in the championship game with a 4-1 victory to claim the gold medal.