Former Lambton AAA Player Tyler McGregor is in Calgary at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge
"I'm excited" said Tyler McGregor on his being selected to the National Sledge Hockey Team. "We had tryouts in Barrie and a second camp in Trail BC and they called a week after to notify us on the final decision."
Eighteen year old Tyler McGregor is from Forest and currently attends North Lambton Secondary School.
He will be in Calgary this weekend competing at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge. Four teams that are considered top teams in the world will be competing. USA, Japan, Norway and Canada are the teams featured in this event.
Tyler's journey began at the age of 3 years old when he started to play hockey. His talent earned him a spot with the Lambton AAA Hockey Association where he played for five years up to Minor Midget then he continued and played for the Huron Perth Midget team.
It was November '08 when Tyler first broke his clavicle bone when he was playing with the Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midget AAA's. Hockey is a rough sport, and when he broke his collar bone, the family contributed it to him playing up with bigger, stronger kids. After recovery he was back on the ice and played spring hockey with a Kitchener team and in a tournament he broke his ankle. After recovering from the ankle injury he went on and played for Huron Perth Midgets when disaster struck again.
It was in September 2009 where he broke his tibia/fibula in the very first game of a Toronto Tournament. He was rushed to the hospital where he was told he needed surgery to repair the bone. Tyler was told that he would be walking again within a few weeks. Recovery took some time but Tyler was determined to get back on the ice. The bone healed well but a lump on his leg began to form and continued to grow. Signs began to show that the lump started to bother him as he began to ice his leg after practicing on ice. It took a bit of time longer and it was
and in January 2010 Tyler had received the go ahead to resume hockey but on that very day the family received different news and their world fell to pieces.
Tyler was diagnosed with Spindle Cell Sarcome. After months of chemotherapy and amputation of his left leg this young hockey player never gave up. Even though he is not playing regular hockey he turned his sights to amputee hockey then to sledge hockey.
"It's more physical than regular hockey"
"A lot of people are led to believe that its a slow sport, but when you are playing it is so much faster than it looks and it is a physical sport.
I would say it's even more physical than a regular hockey game which is definitely entertaining for fans." said McGregor
In sledge hockey you sit in a sled or sledge and a player uses two sticks to propel themselves around. It takes core and upper body strength to keep upright. The play is much as the same in ice hockey.
"There's a lot of checking and a lot stuff that goes on behind the play too" said McGregor "we have picks on our sticks and it also can get really rough with the battles in the corner, I would say it's more difficult than normal hockey game."
The team arrived in Calgary on Friday and held their first practice. They are set for a second practice on Saturday before their first game on Sunday at 4:00 MST (2:00pm EST) against Japan. Team Canada will take on Japan on Sunday - game time 2:00 pm EST. (4:00 pm MST) On Monday they compete against Norway, Wednesday they go up against the USA. Semi-finals will be played on Thursday and on Saturday the finals with teams going for Gold and Bronze.
The complete schedule is available online,