Canada’s sledge hockey team ready for inaugural Pan-Pacific Championships

March 24, 2016

Sledge hockey

Canada’s national sledge team will conclude its 2015-16 season at the inaugural IPC Pan-Pacific Championship March 29 to April 2 at HarborCenter, in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Canadians face South Korea, Team Pan-Pacific (a multi-national team led by Japan) and the United States.

"We see this tournament as a final test and the coaches will continue to take notes for the months and seasons to come," said Canada’s head coach Ken Babey. "It will be a high-level competition and we expect to see the work we’ve put in these last few months lead to success. We want to finish the year on a high note."

Canada opens against South Korea on Tuesday, March 29 at 3 p.m. ET. It will also face the United States on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET, and concludes its preliminary round against Team Pan-Pacific on Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m. ET.

The bronze- and gold-medal games are on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET.

Full live coverage from the HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, New York, will be shown at alongside live results.

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