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Canada's National Men's Sledge Hockey Team to Face Defending Paralympic Champion USA in Two-Game Series in Vancouver
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January 1, 2006
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VANCOUVER (BC) – Canada’s National Men’s Sledge Hockey Team will face the USA in a two-game series in Vancouver on January 3-4, 2006 at the PNE Agrodome as part of RBC Fan Fest, as it continues to prepare for the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy from March 10-20, 2006.

Hockey fans in Vancouver are encouraged to come out to learn more about sledge hockey and to watch Canada’s Sledge Hockey Team in action, and cheer them on as they prepare for the 2006 Paralympic Games.

This will mark the fifth and sixth times that Canada and the USA have faced off this season in sledge hockey action. Canada’s record during the 2005-06 season is 5-1, including a 3-1 record against the USA. Canada recently captured the German Cup, an invitational event which also featured Germany, Norway and the USA. Canada’s Billy Bridges was named the Most Valuable Player at this event.

“These are two very important games for Canada as we prepare for the Paralympic Winter Games, but also because as a coaching staff, we are in the final stages of finalizing our roster,” said head coach Jeff Snyder. “USA is a perennial medal contender at the Paralympics, so this will be a great opportunity to see where we stand less than three months from the Games.”

Both of Canada’s games vs. USA will be held at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, in conjunction with the 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship’s RBC Fan Fest. Admission is free for all practices and games.

Canada’s players and staff are available to the media after all practices and games. For media looking for interviews, please call Hockey Canada’s Manager, Sledge Hockey, Chantal Champagne at 403-561-9965

CANADA NATIONAL MEN’S SLEDGE HOCKEY TEAM SCHEDULE - JANUARY 2-4, 2006

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – PNE AGRODOME (ALL TIMES PT)

January 2nd 14:15 Team Canada Practice Agrodome

19:30 Team USA Practice Agrodome

January 3rd 09:00 Team Canada Practice Agrodome

10:45 Team USA Practice Agrodome

18:00 CANADA vs. USA GAME Agrodome

January 4th 09:00 Team USA Practice Agrodome

10:45 Team Canada Practice Agrodome

18:00 CANADA vs. USA GAME Agrodome


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André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

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Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
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Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
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Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
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