Canada wins silver medal at 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
Hockey Canada leaves positive legacy for local community, province of Nova Scotia
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January 23, 2016
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BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Canada’s National Sledge Team has won the silver medal at the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, losing to the United States 3-2 in overtime in the gold-medal game Saturday night at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.

In the tournament’s nine-year history, Canada has now won five gold medals, three silver and one bronze.

Canada trailed 2-0 heading into the third period before Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) and Ben Delaney (Ottawa) scored to force the game into an extra period. American defenseman Josh Pauls netted the gold-medal-winning-goal in overtime for the second year in a row, scoring at 7:31 to give the U.S. its fourth gold at the tournament (2009, 2012, 2015, 2016).

“A loss is always tough, especially in overtime in a gold-medal game, but we gave everything and the effort was there. We know we can beat them, we proved it earlier this week,” said Delaney. “This is how we will develop.”

Earlier on Saturday, Korea won their first-ever game at the tournament, beating Russia 4-2 to take home the bronze medal.

Success at the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge wasn’t limited to the on-ice action; close to 10,000 fans came out to cheer on the four participating teams, with near-capacity crowds attending the semifinals, bronze- and gold-medal games. In addition, more than 1,500 students attended the international event through the local schools program. All proceeds from the event will be reinvested into the local and provincial community to benefit the growth of hockey, and of sledge hockey in particular. The event’s legacy includes more than $21,000 targeted for Lunenburg County.

“We’ve been waiting for this event for months and we can’t be any happier. Our volunteers did an amazing job making this happen, and our fans supported our players all week long” said Kevin Benjamin, general manager of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre and co-chair of the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. “We felt fans discovered sledge hockey and they were very impressed by these amazing athletes. We are leaving a great legacy here in Nova Scotia and it encourages us to organize more events.”

Canada's National Sledge Team will gather in Calgary next month for a training camp in advance of the Pan-Pacific Championship, being held March 27-April 3 in Buffalo, N.Y.

For more information on Canada’s National Sledge Team and the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca and HockeyCanada.ca/WSHC, or follow along via social media at Facebook.com/HCSledge, Twitter.com/HC_Sledge, Facebook.com/WorldSledge and Twitter.com/HC_WSHC.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

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2016 WSHC: USA 8 – NOR 0 (Preliminary)
The line of Farmer, Roybal and McKee combined for six goals.
WSHC: CAN 10 – KOR 1 (Preliminary)
Brad Bowden’s six-point game led Canada to its second straight win.
2016 WSHC: USA 4 – KOR 0 (Preliminary)
The Americans scored three power play goals in an opening win.
2016 WSHC: CAN 3 – NOR 0 (Preliminary)
Westlake, Delaney and Sholomicki scored in Canada’s opening win.
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