CALGARY, ALBERTA – Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday the 17 sledge hockey players that will compete for the final 15 spots on Canada’s National Sledge Hockey team that will participate at the Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy March 10-18, 2006.
A selection camp of 24 players was held in Ottawa, ON from June 10-12, 2005 in order to select the 17 players named today. Of the 17 players, a final roster of 15 will be named prior to the Paralympic Games in March 2006. Ten of the 17 players are returnees from the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics where the team finished 4th.
The National sledge hockey team will be hosting four training camps in Kanata, ON at the Bell Sensplex Arena between September and January in preparation of the Paralympic Games.
There will also be an exhibition series versus the USA in Vancouver, BC during the World Junior Championships December 26-30. Canada will then meet for one more evaluation camp in Kanata, ON January 19-22 before the Staging Camp in Italy on Feb.28-March 4 for final preparations.
Canada is currently ranked 4th in the world after narrowly missing a medal at the 2004 World Championships in Sweden.