Hockey Canada Network |
2007-08 National Sledge Hockey Team Roster and Schedule Announced; Jean LabontÉ Named Team Captain
October 16, 2007

CALGARY – Hockey Canada, in collaboration with head coach Jeff Snyder, announced on Tuesday the 18 players that will make up the 2007-08 National Sledge Hockey Team.

Canada returns 16 players from its 2006-07 team that finished with a 13-2-1 record and took home the inaugural World Sledge Hockey Challenge gold medal in March in Kelowna, BC, capped off by a 1-0 overtime win over Norway in the gold medal game.

Mark Noot (Waterloo, ON) returns to the national team after missing the 2006-07 season, while Derek Whitson (Chatham, ON) will make his Team Canada debut in 2007-08. All 18 of the players were selected by the coaching staff following a series of development camps and a final selection camp in St. John’s, NL in September 2007.

In addition, head coach Jeff Snyder announced that Jean Labonté (Hull, QC) has been named captain for the 2007-08 season. Labonté will be joined by alternate captains Billy Bridges (Summerside, PEI) and Hervé Lord (St-Pamphile, QC).

Labonté has been a member of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team since 1996, and was a member of Canada’s only gold medal-winning team at the IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, in 2000 and the gold medal-winning team at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.

“It is a tremendous honour for me to be selected as captain for the national team,” Labonté said. “I look forward to wearing the Canadian jersey once again this season, and bringing the world championship back to Canada.”

“Jean has been a valuable member of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team for a number of years, and he is a natural choice to captain the team in 2007-08, especially with a world championship on the horizon,” said Snyder.

Canada’s season will culminate with the 2008 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, March 26 to April 5 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.


October 22-29, 2007 Three-game series vs. Norway Gjovik, Norway

November 14-18, 2007 Three-game series vs. USA Park City, Utah

January 23-27, 2008 International tournament Asahikawa, Japan

February 20-24, 2008 Three-game series vs. USA Edmonton, AB

March 26- 2008 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship Marlborough, Massachusetts

Sledge hockey is the Paralympic version of ice hockey. It made its debut at the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The fast-paced sport has grown in popularity since then.

For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada

2014 Esso Cup: MON 5 - EDM 4
Apr 22, 2014
Faith Steeves netteda hat trip to leadthe Rockets to itsfirst win.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 1 - CHA 1
Apr 22, 2014
Goaltending stole the show as the Mintos and Grenadiers tied.
2014 WU18C: CAN 2 - RUS 3 (SO)
Apr 22, 2014
A shootout loss was still enough for Canada to clinch first in Group A.
2014 Esso Cup: WEY 3 - FRA 2
Apr 22, 2014
Caitlin Dempsey’st wo goals paced Weyburn past Fraser Valley.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 3 - HFX 0
Apr 22, 2014
Longo a marqué deux fois pour procurer un premier gain aux Young Nationals.
2014 TELUS Cup: MJ 3 - OKA 3
Apr 22, 2014
Another tie for both the Generals and Rockets, this time a 3-3 game.
2014 ESSO CUP STC 2 – SUD 1
Apr 22, 2014
A shorthanded goal from Alexa Vasko late in the second was the difference.
2014 Esso Cup: STC 3 – FRA 0
Apr 21, 2014
Sabres score twice on the power play to defeat Phantom Monday night.
2014 Esso Cup: SUD 5 - MON 1
Apr 21, 2014
Karli Shell scored twice and added an assist in Sudbury’s 5-1 win.
2014 TELUS Cup: CHA 3 - OKA 4
Apr 21, 2014
Special teams was key as the Rockets and Grenadiers skated to a tie.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 4 - TOR 1
Apr 21, 2014
Four different players scored to give the Mintos the first win.
2014 TELUS Cup: HFX 2 - MJ 2
Apr 21, 2014
The Generals scored twice in the third period to earn the draw.
Photo Credit: