Friday, September 12, 2008
Hockey Canada announced today that BC-born James Gemmell has been selected to the 2008-09 National Sledge Hockey team. The selection for James came following the National Sledge Hockey Selection Camp in Milton, ONT, from September 4-7. This will be James first time representing Canada at the National level.
The National Sledge Hockey team is normally dominated by Ontario born players and this is the first ever selection of a BC-born player to the National Team. The game of Sledge Hockey is growing and with the inclusion of Gemmell on the National Team, this growth can be seen at a National level.
SportAbility has played a vital role of developing Sledge Hockey within BC. The relationship between SportAbility and BC Hockey is developing to a point where the joint efforts will allow for a stronger foundation of Sledge Hockey in the province of BC.
Gemmell of Quesnel, BC has been playing Sledge Hockey for the past two (2) seasons and has progressed into premiere defenseman in BC. James is a single leg amputee that recently had a carbon fibre bucket designed specifically for him to sit in while playing. This was the second time that James has attended the National Sledge Hockey Selection Camp.
Gemmell will have a busy schedule ahead of him as he prepares for a training camp at the start of October with the National Team, which will be followed by the 2008 Sledge Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, PEI in late November.
Sledge hockey is the Paralympic version of ice hockey. It made its debut at the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The fast-paced sport has grown in popularity since then, and was very popular with fans in Turin in 2006, as Canada captured a gold medal in sledge hockey for the first time at the Paralympics.
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