National Para Hockey Team takes home Silver at World Para Ice Hockey Championships
Date: Apr, 27, 2019 12:00 PM EDT
Ontario Para-Hockey players Tyler McGregor (Forest) and Dominic Cozzolino (Mississauga) sported a letter for Team Canada this past week at the World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Ostrava.
Team Canada battled it out from April 27 to May 4, going 2-1 in preliminaries before a 10-1 win over Korea sealing their fate to the gold medal game. While the team pushed USA to overtime, they ended up with the silver medal.
“I thought our team had a great week. The result obviously didn’t go the way we wanted, but we came into this world championship with a lot of new players and I thought we did a tremendous job, everyone contributed, the energy was great, and we gained a lot of experience as a team,” said Tyler McGregor following the loss.
McGregor ended up second in tournament scoring, with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) and wore the ‘C’ throughout the game.
“I think the one thing I learned, especially last season, is that one loss doesn’t define us as a team, and it took me a long time to figure that out. I think for us it’s about understanding that we’re inches away. We’re one bad bounce away from winning a gold medal, and we can’t take this loss and let it control us. I think we have to move forward as a team, find ways to get better obviously, and show up next year and do everything we can to continue to put us in a position to win, and I trust that at some point we’ll be on the other side of a world championship,” said McGregor.
Other notable Ontarians who competed in Worlds were goaltenders Corbin Watson from Kingsville, defenseman Rob Armstrong of Erin, Rod Crane of Clarksburg, Tyrone Henry of Ottawa, Kevin Sorley of Petersburg and Forwards James Dunn of Wallacetown, Corbyn Smith of Monkton, Greg Westlake of Oakville, and Garrett Riley of Brantford.
While this was the last event of the season, next up the National Para Hockey Team will be hosting he selection camp in Calgary in late summer.