Victories for Canada in wheelchair rugby and Para ice hockey

September 6, 2017

Canada opened the Americas Championships wheelchair rugby tournament on Tuesday September 5, 2017 with decisive victories over Chile and Paraguay.

In their opening game, the Canadians won 64-25 and trounced the host country 65-18 in the nightcap. The U.S. and Colombia also won their opening two matches. The Canadians face Colombia on Wednesday morning at 10:45 a.m. (EDT) followed by a match against Brazil at 2:15 p.m.

‘’We’ve got a lot of new guys on our team so a lot of them have not played the South Americans so it’ll be exciting for them to play some different competition,’’ said two-time Paralympic Trevor Hirschfield, just prior to the start of the tournament.

The top-four qualify for the 2018 World Championships.

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Hickey scores twice in selection camp game

CALGARY – Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.) scored both goals, leading Canada White to a 2-0 win over South Korea in its opening game Tuesday at Canada’s National Sledge Team selection camp.

Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.) set up both goals for the Canadian side, while Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.) needed to make just six saves to record the shutout.

White is back on the ice Wednesday for the first of two intrasquad games against Canada Red (4:45 p.m. MT), while the Koreans will next take on Red on Thursday (2:45 p.m. MT).

Hockey Canada has invited 29 players to attend its September Showcase and selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre, Sept. 2-9, 2017.

A 20-player roster will be selected at the conclusion of the September Showcase and the evaluation process will continue as the roster is pared down to the 17 players who will be selected to go for gold for their country at the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, next March.

Canadian rosters: https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/team-canada/men/sledge/2017-18/selection-camp/stats/team-rosters