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Canada's National Sledge Hockey Team Set to Train in Kelowna, BC
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October 13, 2006
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CALGARY, AB – Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team, the defending Paralympic gold medalists, will be attending a three day training camp from October 20-22, 2006 in Kelowna, BC at the Capital News Centre.  All ice sessions will be open to the public free of charge.

SLEDGE HOCKEY CLINIC ON OCTOBER 21st

The members of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team will be running a Hockey Canada clinic for a local sledge hockey team on Saturday, October 21st from 4:45 – 5:45 pm immediately after the team’s practice.

Non-sledge hockey players are also invited to come and try this highly exciting sport, and meet with players and staff members.  Sledge hockey equipment will be available on site, although all participants will be required to bring their own helmets and hockey gloves

Sledge Hockey Clinic Contact, City of Kelowna:

Louise Roberts-Taylor (250) 469-8784

Canada’s 2006-07 National Sledge Hockey Team, which includes 18 players, of which Paralympic gold medalists in Turin, Italy, is training in preparation for its first international event of the 2006-07 season, a European tour from November 14-25, 2006 with games against, and hosted by, Germany and Norway.

The coaching staff of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team is comprised of head coach Jeff Snyder (Elmira, ON) and assistant coach Shawn Frydberg (Concord, ON), both were members of the coaching staff which led Canada to victory at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games. 

“Sledge Hockey will be a big part of the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver,” said Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson.  “This upcoming camp in Kelowna is a great opportunity for fans to learn more about this exciting sport and these outstanding athletes.”

NOTE TO MEDIA - Hockey Canada’s Manager, Sledge Hockey, Adam Crockatt, will be on-site in Kelowna and will coordinate on-site and off-site media requests (acrockatt@hockeycanada.ca; cell: (403) 389-5379). 

SLEDGE HOCKEY is the Paralympic version of hockey and, since its debut on the Paralympic program at the 1994 Lillehammer Paralympic Winter Games, it has become one of the biggest attractions for spectators at the Paralympic Winter Games. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by male athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body. Canada captured its first ever sledge hockey gold medal at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, defeating Norway, the defending world champions, 3-0 in the final game.

Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team Training Camp Schedule

All ice sessions will be held at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna, BC (all times listed are Pacific)

Friday, October 20th
Saturday, October 21 th 
Sunday, October 22nd
9:00 – 11:00 am Practice   8:45 – 10:45 am Practice 8:30 – 10:30 am Practice
4:00 – 6:00 pm Practice 3:45 – 4:45 pm Practice  

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team, go to www.hockeycanada.ca


For more information:

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

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
jlarose@hockeycanada.ca

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

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