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Forest Native Tyler McGregor Selected to Canada's National Sledge Team Training Camp

monday november 24, 2014



Tyler McGregor (centre) making special presentations at the World U17 Hockey Challenge
at the Lambton Shores Recreation Centre.


TORONTO, Ont. – Hockey Canada announced Sunday the 19 players invited to Canada’s National Sledge Team training camp, Jan. 10-17 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta. The training camp will serve as the final step in the selection process for the 2014-15 season.

 

Included in the lineup is Forest, Ont., native Tyler McGregor.


At the recent U17 World Hockey Challenge where McGregor was a guest of honour he said
"It’s a special feeling and it's exciting to wear the Canada jersey. The competition level definitely rises when you have that opportunity."

The 20 year old McGregor played his Minor Hockey with the Lambton AAA Hockey before being diagnosed with spindle cell carcoma, a type of bone cancer, in early 2010, midway through his Minor Midget season. The cancer forced the amputation of his left leg above the knee, ending his stand-up hockey career but starting him on the path to sledge hockey in 2011.

Months after McGregor became a member of Canada National Sledge Development Team and was wearing the Maple Leaf as a member of the national team making his debut with Canada National Sledge Team at the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge as the youngest player on the roster.

He went on and was a member of Canada’s National Sledge Team that won bronze at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games last March in Sochi, Russia, and was a part of the Canadian contingent that won gold at the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea.

McGregor is looking forward to being selected as one of the 17 players named to the final roster at the conclusion of training camp who will represent Canada at the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in early February, in a Canadian host city to be announced, and the 2015 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, scheduled for April 24-May 2 in Buffalo, N.Y.

"We want to win a championship this year," McGregor said "Unfortunately we didn’t win gold last year and we want to get back on top and we are looking forward to doing that and we will do anything we can to win."

Fifteen of the players invited to Canada’s National Sledge Team selection camp helped Canada win bronze at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games last March in Sochi, Russia, and 14 were part of the Canadian contingent that won gold at the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea.

 

Other Returning players from Canada’s 2014 Paralympic roster include goaltenders Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) and Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont), defencemen Steve Arsenault (Spruce Grove, Alta.), Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.), James Gemmell (Quesnel, B.C.), and Derek Whitson (Chatham, Ont.), as well as forwards Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.), Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.), Ben Delaney (Ottawa, Ont.), Marc Dorion (Bourget, Ont.), Anthony Gale (Brampton, Ont.), Karl Ludwig (Brampton, Ont.), Kevin Rempel (Dundas, Ont.) and Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.).

 

Three players, Chris Cederstrand (Okotoks, Alta.), Bryan Sholomicki (Winnipeg, Man.) and Kevin Sorley (Petersburg, Ont.), have never played for Canada’s National Sledge Team, and one, Kieran Block (Edmonton, Alta.), has previous national team experience.

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