Anthony Gale made a spectacular Paralympic Winter Games debut in 2014 finishing tied for second in team scoring with six points and helping Canada to the bronze medal. Gale blasted out of the gates in Sochi producing two goals and two assists in Team Canada’s 10-1 tournament opening victory over Sweden.
At the 2013 IPC World Championships, Gale showed he would be a force to reckon with in Sochi. He set up Graeme Murray with a perfect pass on the winning goal in the final as Canada defeated the U.S., 1-0 in the god medal game.
Gale was named to the national sledge hockey team in 2010 at age 17 after impressing the coaching staff at a team orientation camp in Petawawa, Ont. He was chosen from a group of 30 prospects and was the youngest player selected for the team that year. The rest of the Canadian picks ranged in age from 21 to 33.
A former Team Ontario member, Gale played eight years with the Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled Junior and Intermediate squads, earning the team’s Most Valuable Player Award on several occasions.
Gale also participated in wheelchair basketball with the Cruisers and is a past ambassador for the Rotary Club of Brampton’s Easter Seals campaign. He also spent his spare time volunteering with young children with physical disabilities, through a Cruisers multi-sports program.
2014 Paralympic Games bronze medallist… World champion in 2013…
FAMILY: Parents are Tony and Anna Gale… He is distantly related to Samuel Morse, the inventor of Morse code.
GETTING INTO THE SPORT: He began playing sledge hockey at age seven with the Halton Peel Cruisers in Mississauga… He took up the sport after a suggestion from David Ali, a former sledge hockey player who lived on the same street as his grandmother.
ODDS AND ENDS: Favorite player is former NHL and Russian national team star Alexander Mogilny.
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2014 Sochi Paralympics
Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed