Tyler McGregor continued to establish himself on Canada’s national sledge hockey team at the 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 is on the fast track to success in the sport. In 2009, as an able-bodied ice hockey player at the AAA level, the 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. He 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 sledge 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.
Bronze medal at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games… World champion in 2013.
FAMILY: Son of Dean and Trudy… Has one sister.
GETTING INTO THE SPORT: He grew up playing able-bodied ice hockey, and began playing sledge hockey in 2011.
ODDS AND ENDS: Favorite NHL teams are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins… Volunteers with Make a Wish Foundation and ChildCan… Holds several track and field school records in his elementary school… Nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award… Played in the first Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer for Princess Margaret Hospital in 2011.
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2014 Sochi Paralympics
Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed