Dominic Larocque didn’t waste time making his presence felt at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. He scored two goals in Canada’s tournament opening win over Sweden and added a goal and an assist the following evening against Norway. Larocque played in all five games as Canada won the bronze medal.
In 2007, while serving in the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, the armored vehicle in which Corporal Larocque was travelling went over an improvised explosive device. Larocque was left with a broken tibia, fibula and ankle, and a left leg that had to be amputated above the knee. After months in hospital and a year in rehabilitation, he began participating in sports. “As soon as the rehab was over, I told myself I have to move on,” he says.
Since his accident he has remained in the service of the Canadian Forces, performing administrative duties, maintenance and repair duties. He was introduced to sledge hockey through the Soldier On program, designed to help injured or ill military personnel participate in sport, and also help wounded soldiers readjust to their new life.
Larocque excelled at hockey, soccer and football as a kid. He was already familiar with the rules and theory behind sledge hockey, but had to adjust to the new technique of moving the puck without the aid of his legs. A Montreal club organized a sledge hockey clinic in 2010 and Larocque made an immediate impression. “The most difficult thing to learn is the coordination and control of the puck and moving forward at the same time, because everything is done with the arms,” he says.
Following the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, he was one of six newcomers to the national sledge hockey team after catching the attention of Team Canada officials at a camp in Petawawa, Ont. Since then he has helped Canada to numerous international successes, including the world title in 2013.
Bronze medallist at 2014 Paralympic Games… World champion in 2013…
FAMILY: Son of Pierre and Kathleen… Has one brother and one sister.
GETTING INTO THE SPORT: In December 2009, he was introduced to sledge hockey by the members of a Montreal sledge hockey team.
ODDS AND ENDS: Favorite player is Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks… While serving as a Corporal in the Canadian Army he received the Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to honor significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
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2014 Sochi Paralympics
Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed