Billy Bridges

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Billy Bridges was a points machine once again at the 2017 IPC World Championships. He was fifth in tournament scoring earning 16 points (six goals and 10 assists) in the tournament including three assists in the 4-1 gold medal final victory over the U.S.

It seems every big Canadian game this century, Bridges’ name is spread across the scoresheet.

He scored two goals in the third place game against Norway at the Sochi Paralympics in 2014 to help Canada to a 3-0 victory and the bronze medal.  Sochi was a fourth Paralympic Games for Bridges, regarded among the best sledge hockey players of all time.

He was on Canada’s fourth-place teams in 2002 and 2010 and took gold in 2006. At the 2006 Paralympic Games, he was named to the tournament all-star team. He is also a six-time world team member, including Canada’s 2000, 2008 and 2013 gold medal squads. In 2013, Bridges helped Canada to gold at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto and the Four Nations Tournament in Sochi.

In 2012, highlights for Bridges included silver at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge and bronze at the IPC World Championships. In 2010, he became the first national team player to record in 200 points and 100 career goals and in 2011 he collected his 100th assist.

He was born with Spina Bifida which limits his mobility. He uses crutches and sometimes a wheelchair. The 18-year national team veteran has a one-arm slapshot that’s been clocked at 80 miles per hour.

Bridges played wheelchair basketball professionally in Spain. As a member of Team Ontario, he won seven consecutive national championships and a gold medal at the Canada Games. He also helped Canada to gold at the 2001 World Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

World champion in 2000, 2008, 2013. 2017… four-time Paralympian (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)….Paralympic champion in 2006 and bronze medallist in 2014 …First national sledge team player to record 200 points, 100 goals, 100 assists.

PERSONAL

He is married to former women’s national team member Sami Jo Small… Began playing sledge hockey with the Kitchener Sidewinders in 1997 at the age of 12… He made his national team debut in 1998 aged 14, at the time making him Team Canada’s youngest ever player… Studied English literature at the University of Toronto… In 2011 and 2012 he was named Mississauga Disabled Athlete of the Year… He is a spokesperson for Right to Play, an organization that promotes a healthier and safer world for children through sport...

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2017 IPC World Championships 1st

2015 IPC World Championships 2nd

2014 Paralympic Winter Games 3rd

2013 IPC World Championships 1st

2012 IPC World Championships 3rd

2010 Paralympic Winter Games 4th

2009 IPC World Championships 3rd

2008 IPC World Championships 1st

2006 Paralympic Games 1st

2002 Paralympic Games 4th

2000 IPC World Championships 1st

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2006 Torino ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedgold
2014 Sochi ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 3
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