First-time Paralympian goaltender Corbin Watson delivered a strong performance for Canada at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games including the 3-0 shutout victory over Norway for the bronze medal. It was one of three shutouts for Watson who maintained a 0.75 goals against average in the tournament.
He was also outstanding at the 2013 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championships. He played in four of Canada’s five games, registering a shutout each time as Canada won the gold medal for its first world crown since 2008. Watson was almost as impressive a few weeks later, at the Four Nations tournament in Sochi in another Canadian triumph with only three goals allowed over four games.
His lower right leg was amputated after he was involved in a car accident in 2006. He started playing sledge hockey in 2008 in Windsor, Ontario. Watson was encouraged to take up the sport by one of the sport’s hardest hitting veterans and Windsor Ice Bullet team mate, Ray Grassi. Grassi saw potential in the young, up-and-coming athlete when he saw Watson one day in a wheelchair relay. In his first year, Watson won the league championship as well as taking gold at Montreal’s Defi Sportif tournament in the spring of 2009. It was in 2009 that he made his first appearance with the national team.
Bronze medal at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games… World champion in 2013.
FAMILY: Son of Alex and Joan… Has one sister and one brother.
GETTING INTO THE SPORT: Began playing sledge hockey with the Windsor Ice Bullets in 2008.
ODDS AND ENDS: In June 2013 he was presented with the key to Kingsville, in recognition of his performances for the national team... His idols are all-star goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Mikka Kiprusoff.
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2014 Sochi Paralympics
Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed