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Canada’s Paralympic Hockey Team
opens the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games with the most heated rivalry in the
game – Canada versus the United States. These teams have met in the last
two IPC World Para Hockey Championship gold medal games and played in a
thrilling extra-time final at the 2018 Paralympics. The U.S. is the
three-time defending Paralympic gold medallist, while Canada’s only title
came in 2006.
In another COVID-ravaged season, neither of these teams have had much game
play this year. Canada last saw action in the finale of a four-game series
against South Korea in November in Bridgewater, N.S. In that game, Billy
Bridges had a hat trick and Anton Jacobs-Webb earned four assists
in an 11-0 win. Canada
finished that series with four wins, outscoring the Koreans 31-1.
For the U.S., it’s been even longer without a game. It last saw competitive
action in at the end of October 2021 in a
two-game series against the Canadians
in St. Louis. The Americans
took the finale 4-1, getting goals from four different players and a pair of assists from
As mentioned above, the teams last met in St. Louis just over three months
took the opener by a 4-2 count
thanks to two-point efforts from Liam Hickey and Zach Lavin before the U.S.
won the finale.
WHAT TO WATCH
The Canadians have
seven Paralympic rookies on the roster, while the three most veteran players boast 15 Games appearances between
them (Billy Bridges – 6, Greg Westlake – 5, Adam Dixon – 4). Opening up
with what should be a physical matchup in the biggest game of the prelims
is a sure-fire way of getting the nerves out in a real hurry.
For the U.S., the biggest question mark comes in goal; Steve Cash, a
three-time Paralympic gold medallist and two-time world champion, announced
his surprise retirement just days before the Canada-U.S. series last fall.
That leaves long-time backup Jen Lee as the new No. 1. He played both games
in the St. Louis series, stopping 14 of 18 shots, but Beijing will be a
A LOOK BACK
It’s the 106th meeting between the North American rivals and the fifth time
on the sport’s biggest stage.
Canada has yet to defeat the U.S. at the Paralympics, going 0-3-1 with the
dating back to 1998. The last meeting, four years ago in PyeongChang, is the one remembered
the most; the Canadians were 48 seconds from their first Paralympic title
since 2006 before Declan Farmer tied the game and then won it in overtime,
leaving Canada with a 2-1 loss
and a silver medal.
The Canadians and Americans have also met in each of the last five world
championship finals. Canada’s most recent world title came in 2017, when
Tyler McGregor scored twice and Brad Bowden added a goal and two assists
in a 4-1 win
in Gangneung, South Korea.
All-time record: Canada leads 59-45-1
Canada goals: 223
United States goals: 184