World champions!
Canada golden at 2017 IPC World Para Hockey Championship
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April 20, 2017
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GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canada’s National Sledge Team will return to Canada with golden memories of the 2017 IPC World Para Hockey Championship, having defeated the United States 4-1 to become world champions once again.

“This is an outstanding group of young men, and I’m very proud of our team,” said head coach Ken Babey (Saskatoon, Sask.). “We played smart, fast, and unselfish – the Canadian Way. We took hits to make plays and stuck to the game plan.”

Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.) and Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.) scored within less than one minute of each other in the dying minutes of the first period to open up the scoring, and Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.) added goals 13 seconds apart for the red-and-white in the second frame. Nikko Landeros of the United States got one past Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) at 12:02 of the third period, but the American rally came too late and Canada earned its fourth gold medal in event history.

“When I think about this team and what it represents, it’s hard work. We all got challenged after a third-place finish in Sochi, and then disappointing game after disappointing game – tonight was the final reward,” said captain Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.), who has been part of all four world championship-winning teams. “When I think about this team 10, 20 years down the road, I’ll remember just how hard we worked in the build-up to tonight, and how we went out and executed. It’s really special and every single guy on the team should be really proud of everything they’ve done. As a group, we said this is our night – we’re not taking no for an answer, and it’s really fun to be a part of a group that got on the same page [to go out and win].”

Bowden assisted on both McGregor goals, joining fellow veteran Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) – who notched three assists in the game – as the Canadians’ point-leaders in the final. Larocque made 12 saves for the win, with Canada outshooting the Americans 17-13.

“This is an incredible experience,” said Larocque of his first world championship since switching from forward to goaltender. “To be able to go for gold in the final against the United States has been my dream for the last three years. And to have a chance to bring back gold as a world champion for the second time makes me so proud – it’s incredible.”

Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.) was named the tournament’s Best Defenceman. Dixon recorded 18 points – four goals, 14 assists – in seven games.

Earlier on Thursday, host Korea defeated Norway 3-2 in the bronze-medal game. Italy beat Sweden to finish fifth at the tournament, qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Canada’s National Sledge Team fans have until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 21, to secure a Team Canada jersey signed by this year’s world champions. Five autographed jerseys are up for bid on eBay, with all proceeds going back to the Hockey Canada Foundation to support the growth of hockey across the country.

Previously known as the IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, Canada’s win puts the nation in the event record book with four gold medals; before Thursday’s final, Canada and the U.S. were tied at three apiece.

Since its introduction in 1996, the tournament has been held nine times (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017). Canada has medaled eight times, winning four gold medals (2000, 2008, 2013, 2017), one silver (2015), and three bronze (1996, 2009, 2012).

For more information on Hockey Canada and the National Sledge Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Sledge.

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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