Alternate captain Tyler McGregor is preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games as a reigning world champion.
At the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea in April 2017, McGregor, a forward, scored two goals in 13 seconds in the gold medal final, as Canada defeated arch-rivals USA 4-1 to win a record fourth world title. McGregor was third in tournament scoring and tied for most goals with 12 goals. He also had five assists for 17 points.
McGregor established himself on Canada’s national Para ice hockey team at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. He earned three assists in five games and helped Canada to a 4-1 overall record and the bronze medal.
The youngest member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2013 IPC World Championships, McGregor has fast tracked to success in the sport.
In 2009, as an able-bodied ice hockey player at the AAA level, the then 16-year-old McGregor broke his ankle and both bones in his leg, requiring a rod and six pins in his leg. As the leg healed and he returned to playing ice hockey, a large lump developed on the site of the original fracture. At first doctors ruled out anything serious, and he continued playing hockey. But the lump grew larger, and the pain intensified, leading to additional tests and the eventual diagnosis of Spindle Cell Sarcoma, a form of soft tissue cancer, in January 2010. McGregor underwent eight months of chemotherapy and the amputation of his left leg.
McGregor realized quickly that he wanted to get back into hockey and started playing again with a standing amputee team. However he switched to para ice hockey in 2011 and his determination has led him to the national team.
He made his national team debut at age 18 at the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary, earning a goal and two assists as Canada won the silver medal. Less than a year later, McGregor helped Canada to gold at the IPC World Championship and capped 2013 with a victory at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto.
In December 2016, McGregor and the national team won silver at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, P.E.I., losing to the U.S. 5-2.
Bronze medal at Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games… World champion in 2013 and 2017.
Son of Dean and Trudy… Has one sister…He grew up playing able-bodied ice hockey, and began playing Para ice hockey in 2011… Nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award… Played in the first Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer for Princess Margaret Hospital in 2011.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2017 IPC World Championships 1st
2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge 2nd
2015 IPC World Championships 2nd
2014 Paralympic Winter Games 3rd
2013 IPC World Championships 1st
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2014 Sochi Paralympics
Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed