Canada set to compete for Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup Gold in London

Canada set to compete for Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup Gold in London

Date: Dec, 07, 2018 05:12 AM EDT

LONDON, Ont.- After six days of preliminary action Canada will be battling against the United States for the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup gold medal tomorrow afternoon (4 p.m. ET) at the Western Fair Sports Centre in London, Ont.

Renewing its rivalry with the United States, the match up will be the first medal meeting between the teams since the Canadian’s overtime loss in PyeongChang - setting the stage for an extraordinary showdown in Southwestern Ontario.

“It’s not often you go into a tournament with the three medalists from last year’s Paralympic Games," said Billy Bridges. "It’s amazing competition every single game.”

London is no stranger to the elite play, having hosted this very tournament in 2011 that saw Canada turn that home soil advantage into a gold medal. And while Wallacetown, Ont. native James Dunn was not on the squad at the time, he is vying for the opportunity to repeat this honour so close to home.

“It’s been great being able to play here at home, having my family out to watch me - it just feels great,” he said.

Using that hometown crowd to his advantage, Dunn has proved to be a leader heading into the gold medal game following a handful of multiple point matches in preliminary action.

Although that is behind them now, Dunn has a clear strategy for how the squad needs to perform to pull off a win against the US.

“We just have to come out flying off the bat and get them early.”

Gold medal action will kick off tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. in London, Ont. Tickets are still available for the match up at the Western Fair Sports Centre box office, or online at http://bit.ly/2EjuvOa.

The Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup is one in a series of international tournaments that showcase the best of the world’s para hockey athletes, dating back to 2007 as the World Sledge Hockey Challenge.