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TEAM CANADA ROSTER FOR 2016 WORLD SLEDGE HOCKEY CHALLENGE IN BRIDGEWATER, N.S.

Kingsville’s Corbin Watson returns for Team Canada as they visit Bridgewater for first time.

Canada’s National Sledge Team has confirmed the 17-player roster that will represent Canada at the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, Jan. 17-23 at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre in Bridgewater, N.S.

Team Canada faces off against Korea, Russia and the United States in the National Sledge Team’s first competition in the province of Nova Scotia.

The roster includes two goaltenders, five defencemen and 10 forwards. All but two of the 17 players were part of the squad that captured silver at the 2015 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. (Arsenault, Block, Bowden, Bridges, Delaney, Dixon, Dorion, Gemmell, Larocque, McGregor, Sholomicki, Sorley, Watson, Westlake, Whitson), while defenseman Rob Armstrong and forward Dominic Cozzolino made their debuts earlier this season, winning gold with Canada at the International Ice Sledge Hockey Tournament in Turin, Italy.

Team Canada opens the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge against Russia at 5 p.m. AT on Sunday, Jan. 17. The Canadians also play Korea at 7 p.m. AT on Monday, Jan. 18, and the United States at 7 p.m. AT on Wednesday, Jan. 20, in preliminary-round action.

“The December event in Italy was a very good way for our team to prepare for our biggest challenge so far this season. We will be facing good teams who play with plenty of speed and skill,” said Ken Babey, head coach of Canada’s National Sledge Team. “We are looking forward to playing these teams in Bridgewater and creating more awareness about the sport of sledge hockey.”

In the tournament’s eight-year history, Canada has won five gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze. Canada beat Korea 4-1 in the bronze-medal game at the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alta.

Semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. AT. Both the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. AT.

2016 Roster

Goaltenders

#
Name
Pos.
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
30 Corbin Watson G 5’11” 193 01/06/1987 Kingsville, Ont.
31 Dominic Larocque G 6’0” 184 07/30/1987 Quebec City, Que.

Defencemen

#
Name
Pos.
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
4 Derek Whitson D 6’1” 167 06/21/1989 Chatham, Ont.
6 Rob Armstrong D 5’10” 119 09/12/1996 Mississauga, Ont.
11 Adam Dixon D 5’9” 176 08/13/1989 Midland, Ont.
14 Steve Arsenault D 5’7” 177 09/06/1988 Spruce Grove, Alta.
25 James Gemmell D 5’11” 175 04/26/1980 Quesnel, B.C.

Forwards

#
Name
Pos.
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
3 Dominic Cozzolino F 5’9” 155 08/23/1994 Mississauga, Ont.
7 Marc Dorion F 5’0” 137 06/22/1987 Bourget, Ont.
8 Tyler McGregor F 5’8” 153 03/11/1994 Forest, Ont.
10 Ben Delaney F 5’11” 154 08/23/1996 Ottawa, Ont.
12 Greg Westlake F 6’2” 173 06/12/1986 Oakville, Ont.
15 Kevin Sorley F 6’0” 170 07/06/1993 Petersburg, Ont.
18 Billy Bridges F 5’8” 190 03/22/1984 Summerside, P.E.I.
20 Bryan Sholomicki F 6’2” 220 02/08/1981 Winnipeg, Man.
23 Kieran Block F 5’9” 188 06/14/1985 Edmonton, Alta.
27 Brad Bowden F 5’0” 161 05/26/1983 Orton, Ont.

 

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