Jean Labonté

Jean Labonté has played defense for many years on the Canadian Sledge Hockey Team and has a long standing record in the sport. A member of the National Team since 1996, Jean was named Team Captain for the 2007-2008 season and remained Captain until his retirement after the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
Jean demonstrates a wealth of experience, winning medals at four world championships (two of which are gold), in addition to participating in four Paralympics, winning gold at the 2006 Torino Paralympics and silver at the 1998 Nagano Paralympics. He was also honoured as flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games. Over his 15 years on the national team, he has proven himself to be a tenacious defenseman who puts his team ahead of personal pride. In 1986, at the age of 17, physicians detected osteosarcoma cancer and subsequently amputated Jean’s leg above the knee. After discovering the sport through an article about sledge hockey, Jean met Hervé Lord who encouraged him to get involved. After two years of hard work and training, Jean achieved his dream and joined Team Canada.
Native to the Gatineau area, Jean has a degree in computer science from the Université du Québec and is currently employed as a software designer for Alcatel-Lucent.


2006 Torino ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedgold
1998 Nagano ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedsilver


Games Sport Event Result
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 4
2006 Torino Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 1
2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 4
1998 Nagano Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 2