Canada’s National Sledge Team strikes gold in Turin, Italy
Canada defends 2015 gold medal at International Para Hockey Tournament
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March 4, 2017
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TURIN, Italy – Canada’s National Sledge Team will come home with another gold medal from the 2017 International Para Hockey Tournament in Turin, Italy, after defeating Norway 8-1 in the gold-medal game Saturday.

“I thought our boys played really well all week and our best game was our last game today,” said head coach Ken Babey. “This week was really good, we grew a lot as a team, we saw our young players step up their game and some of our veterans help the young guys succeed.” 

“We got off to a really good start with the early goal, that built a lot of momentum for our team and we just continued to build from there,” said Ben Delaney (Ottawa).

Canada opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the game on a goal from Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) before Norway tied it just over two minutes later. Canada erupted for three more goals in the final four minutes of the first period - one from McGregor and two from Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) - to hold a 4-1 lead, and Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) scored two goals in the second to make it 6-1.

Dominic Cozzolino (Mississauga, Ont.) added to Canada’s lead in the third before McGregor scored his hat trick goal and earned his fifth point of the game (Dixon also had five) to seal the win. Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) earned his third win in goal.

Canada surrendered only one goal through the preliminary round, finishing with a perfect 3-0 record and outscoring its opponents 16-1 in defeating South Korea 4-0, Italy 3-0 and Norway 9-1. In Friday’s semifinal, Canada posted its third shutout with a 4-0 win over the host Italians.

The Turin tournament was Canada’s final international test competition, it now turns its attention to the IPC World Para Hockey Championship, April 11-20, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea. 

“This was the most important part in coming here [to Turin] was having the opportunity to run our systems, build our chemistry and get some young guys involved was very important for our team,” said  McGregor. “Putting guys in situations they haven’t necessarily been in will be important for us moving into worlds.”

In eight appearances at the IPC World Para Ice Hockey Championship (formerly IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship), Canada has won three gold medals (2013, 2008, 2000), one silver (2015) and three bronze medals (2012, 2009, 1996), finishing fourth in 2004.

For more information on Canada’s National Sledge Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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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