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Oct. 17, 2013

DARTMOUTH, NS - The best sledge hockey players in the country will be calling the BMO Centre in Bedford "home" next week.

Hockey Canada's National Sledge Team announced this week that their 2013 training camp will be held at the BMO Centre in Bedford from Monday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 26.

Twenty-two players have been invited to the camp.

The roster announced for camp includes 17 players who won gold at the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea last April.

The players will be on the ice a total of 10 times in six days in Bedford, with all on-ice sessions open to media and the public.

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“We’ve had a strong start to the season, with a good camp in Toronto and a solid performance at the Four Nations Tournament in Sochi,” said Mike Mondin, head coach of Canada’s National Sledge Team. “We look forward to getting back on the ice in Bedford and continuing our preparation for the Paralympics.”

Hockey Nova Scotia is delighted to have the training camp taking place in our province.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have this event taking place on our ice,” said Hockey Nova Scotia president Randy Pulsifer. “This is a wonderful opportunity to expose our young sledge players to the game’s best while also showcasing the sport to the larger community.”

Currently, there are three sledge hockey programs in Nova Scotia. These include one within HRM, Sydney and the Acadia Minor Hockey Association.

“We hope this training camp will help promote the sport and get more players introduced to the sledge hockey sled,” Pulsifer said.

During the 2013-14 season, Canada’s National Sledge Team will compete in the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, Dec. 1-7 in Toronto, Ont., a three-game series against the United States in Charlotte, N.C., in January and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 7-15.

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