Forest Native Tyler McGregor Named To Team Canada Sledge Hockey Team
saturday january 18, 2014
Team Canada's Head coach Mike Mondin (Trail, B.C.) and assistant coach Curtis Hunt (Regina, Sask.) assembled Canada's National Sledge Team roster after competing in several camps and events during the 2013-14 season, including winning the gold medal at the Four Nations Tournament in Sochi in August, and 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto, Ont., in December.
"Getting down to 17 players was by no means an easy decision, which is a testament to the sledge hockey talent this country is producing," Mondin said. "We feel we've assembled the best roster possible, and we're excited to compete for Canada at the Paralympics in Sochi."
Included in the 17 man roster is Forest Native Tyler McGregor.
The youngest member of Canada’s gold medal winning team at the 2013 IPC World Championships, Tyler McGregor is on the fast track to success in the sport.
In 2009, as an able-bodied ice hockey player at the AAA level with the Lambton Jr. Sting Association, the 16-year-old McGregor broke his ankle and both bones in his leg, requiring a rod and six pins in his leg.
As the leg healed and he returned to playing ice hockey, a large lump developed on the site of the original fracture. At first doctors ruled out anything serious, and he continued playing hockey. But the lump grew larger, and the pain intensified, leading to additional tests and the eventual diagnosis of Spindle Cell Sarcoma, a form of soft tissue cancer, in January 2010. He underwent eight months of chemotherapy and the amputation of his left leg.
McGregor realized quickly that he wanted to get back into hockey and started playing again with a standing amputee team. However he switched to sledge hockey in 2011 and his determination has led him to the national team.
He made his national team debut at age 18 at the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary, earning a goal and two assists as Canada won the silver medal. Less than a year later he helped Canada to gold at the IPC World Championship and capped 2013 with a victory at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto.
"Hockey Canada is very proud of the players and staff nominated for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games," said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. "The Paralympics is biggest stage for sledge hockey in the world and I know our athletes will play their best and make Canadians proud."
CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF CANADA'S NATIONAL SLEDGE TEAM ROSTER NOMINATED FOR THE 2014 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES.