Less than two months before the start of sledge worlds, 17 players will wear red and white with Canada’s National Sledge Team at the International Para Hockey Tournament.
Let the games begin on the Road to the Esso Cup. The 67-day journey to Morden, Man., will whittle 101 teams down to six.
Hockey Canada has joined with Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life to launch #PassItForward, celebrating the positive impact of hockey on players and fans.
With 365 days left until the first puck drops in Pyeongchang, take a look at how Canada has matched up historically against the teams it’ll face in the preliminary round.
LENDING A HELPING HAND
The St. Albert Peewee Predators made a difference in their community with the help of an Olympic gold medallist, handing out bag lunches and donated clothing in Edmonton.
It has been 50 years since the Drumheller Miners became the first ‘free world’ hockey team to play games in East Germany.
Hockey Canada, Canadian Tire and Bauer have invested in the future of hockey by making it accessible and giving new players an opportunity to take their First Shift.
2016-17 NWU18T: USA 3 – CAN 1 (Gold Medal)
Watts tied the game late, but Canada settled for silver at U18 worlds.
2016-17 NWU18T: CAN 6 – SWE 2 (Semifinal)
Shirley and Fillier had two goals apiece to send Canada to the final.
2016-17 NWU18T: CAN 4 – RUS 2 (Preliminary)
Potomak scored the winner on a third-period PP to keep Canada perfect.
2016-17 NWU18T: CAN 5 – SWE 1 (Preliminary)
Knowles had 1G 1A, leading Canada to a worlds-opening win over Sweden.
2017 WJC: CAN 5 – SWE 2 (Semifinal)
Gauthier scored twice to send Canada to the World Juniors final.
2017 WJC: CAN 5 – CZE 3 (Quarter-final)
Gauthier scored twice in the third period to help Canada to the semis.
2017 WJC: USA 3 – CAN 1 (Preliminary)
Chabot scored but Canada dropped its preliminary round finale.
2016-17 NMT: CAN 3 – MIN 2 (Semifinal)
Marc-Antoine Pouliot had three points, and Canada advanced to the Spengler Cup championship game.
2017 WJC: CAN 10 – LAT 2 (Preliminary)
Raddysh tied a team record with four goals in Canada’s third win.
2016-17 NMT - CAN 4 – HCD 3 (Preliminary)
Ebbett scored the winner, and Canada edged the Spengler Cup hosts.
2016-17 NMT: MIN 7 – CAN 4 (Preliminary)
Noreau scored two, but Canada dropped its opener at the Spengler Cup.
2017 WJC: CAN 5 – RUS 3 (Preliminary)
Strome scored twice, Barzal had three points in Canada’s WJC opener.
Jason La Rose - February 24, 2017
David Brien - January 2, 2017
Wendy Graves - December 30, 2016
Chris Jurewicz - December 30, 2016
Wendy Graves - January 8, 2017