Billy Bridges won his third career Paralympic Winter Games medal in 2018 helping Canada to silver in Para ice hockey. He was a points machine once again at the 2017 IPC World Championships. He was fifth in tournament scoring earning 16 points (six goals and 10 assists) in the tournament including three assists in the 4-1 gold medal final victory over the U.S.
It seems every big Canadian game this century, Bridges’ name is spread across the scoresheet.
He scored two goals in the third place game against Norway at the Sochi Paralympics in 2014 to help Canada to a 3-0 victory and the bronze medal. Sochi was a fourth Paralympic Games for Bridges, regarded among the best sledge hockey players of all time.
He was on Canada’s fourth-place teams in 2002 and 2010 and took gold in 2006. At the 2006 Paralympic Games, he was named to the tournament all-star team. He is also a six-time world team member, including Canada’s 2000, 2008 and 2013 gold medal squads. In 2013, Bridges helped Canada to gold at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto and the Four Nations Tournament in Sochi.
In 2012, highlights for Bridges included silver at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge and bronze at the IPC World Championships. In 2010, he became the first national team player to record in 200 points and 100 career goals and in 2011 he collected his 100th assist.
He was born with Spina Bifida which limits his mobility. He uses crutches and sometimes a wheelchair. The 18-year national team veteran has a one-arm slapshot that’s been clocked at 80 miles per hour.
Bridges played wheelchair basketball professionally in Spain. As a member of Team Ontario, he won seven consecutive national championships and a gold medal at the Canada Games. He also helped Canada to gold at the 2001 World Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships.