Para Ice Hockey
St. John's, NL
Liam Hickey is one of the rare athletes to compete at both a summer and winter Paralympic Games. He made his Winter Games debut in 2018 helping Canada to the silver in Para ice hockey after first playing for Canada in wheelchair basketball at the Rio 2016 Games.
In 2021, with the Tokyo Paralympics and Beijing Paralympic Winter Games scheduled only months apart, Hickey decided to focus on Para ice hockey for the rest of this two-Games cycle. A motivating factor was that heartbreaking loss in PyeongChang, where Canada fell to USA in overtime in the gold medal game.
Since the PyeongChang Games in 2018, Hickey made a major position switch going from offence to defence. He hasn’t lost his scoring touch though. He was fourth in scoring at the 2019 worlds with 12 points, including eight goals, and the second top Canadian point getter at the 2021 worlds with 10 points.
He was named Best Defenceman at both those worlds at which Canada won silver.
Hickey played for Canada in wheelchair basketball at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He helped Canada to the silver medal in Toronto.
Hickey was one of four fast-skating teenagers named to Canada’s National Para Ice Hockey Team in December 2016.
At the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, Hickey, a forward, was fourth in tournament scoring with seven goals and nine assists as Canada defeated arch-rivals USA 4-1 to win a record fourth world title. He was also third in plus/minus at +21. The event was Hickey’s first world championship in the sport.
Hickey took up Para ice hockey (formerly known as sledge hockey) at age 10. He earned his first national camp invitation in August 2013. Hickey was a member of Canada’s national development team in Para ice hockey in 2014, competing in two series against the U.S. for a total of six games.
Hickey’s first tournament with Canada’s National Sledge Team was at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge held in Charlottetown, P.E.I. in December 2016.
He started playing competitive Para ice hockey with the Avalon Sled Dogs in 2009 after being introduced to the sport through Easter Seals in 2006.
2018 Paralympic Winter Games silver medallist... 2017 world champion, and 2021 and 2019 worlds silver medallist… Youngest member of Canada’s wheelchair basketball team at 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio… Silver medal at 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto… Named 2015 Junior Athlete of the Year by Wheelchair Basketball Canada… Named Newfoundland and Labrador’s male athlete of the year in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and junior male athlete of the year in 2015 and 2016… Top scorer on PEI’s wheelchair basketball team at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Hickey enjoys riding his dirt bike, fishing, playing baseball, and most recently, golf… virtually pursuing physical education studies at Memorial University… born without a femur in his right leg
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2022 Paralympic Winter Games - 2nd
2021 IPC World Championships – 2nd
2019 IPC World Championships – 2nd
2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 2nd
2017 World Sledge Hockey Challenge – 2nd
2017 IPC World Championships – 1st
2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge – 2nd
2016 Paralympic Games – 11th- (wheelchair basketball)
2015 Parapan American Games – 2nd - (wheelchair basketball)
2013 Men U23’s World Championship – 6th – (wheelchair basketball)
1 silver medals
Pyeongchang, South Korea
1 silver medals
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil