Raymond Grassi

Ray, a 26 year old native of Windsor, Ontario, has been a member of Canada’s National Sledge Team since 2003. Having been involved in sports from a very early age, Ray has participated in a wide range of sports, including baseball, swimming, track and field, power lifting and his first passion, sledge hockey. He is a double-leg amputee.

Ray has a gold medal from the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and has played in two IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships (2004 and 2008). He helped Canada win gold at the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena.

Ray, a defenseman, is considered one of the hardest hitters in the physical sport of sledge hockey and has been dubbed the “Ray Train” by his team mates. At 6 foot-three and 260 pounds, opponents are forewarned to not get between Grassi and the boards.

Off the ice, one will not meet a player more humble or gracious than Ray.  He works in accounting and sales and is very close to his family.  He also expresses his passion for raising awareness of his sport to the children and youth that he meets and encourages them to get involved in sports. He feels it is his obligation as a Paralympian to spread the word to the younger generation and he does so by speaking at schools and community events.

His advice to aspiring athletes is to not be afraid to try everything.  Heed other people's advice, but make decisions for yourself.  Don't be afraid to keep at it when it gets hard or difficult, it gets easier the more you practice and commit yourself.


2006 Torino ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedgold


Games Sport Event Result
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 4
2006 Torino Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 1