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Aug. 7, 2014

DARTMOUTH – The first ever Hockey Nova Scotia Sledge Hockey High Performance Program camp takes to the ice tomorrow (Friday, August 8) in Bedford.

Nineteen players from across Nova Scotia will take part in the camp, each vying for an opportunity to represent the province in sledge competition against teams from across Canada. The camp is being held at the BMO Centre (61 Gary Martin Drive) in Bedford.

Nova Scotia currently has three sledge hockey programs: Kentville (Acadia Minor Hockey Association), Halifax and Sydney. This will be the first time sledge hockey players from across the province will come together to play on a provincial team.

“The Hockey Nova Scotia Sledge Hockey High Performance Program is all about growing the sport and developing our players,” said Hockey Nova Scotia President Randy Pulsifer. “This program will give our best players an opportunity to compete against the top talent from other parts of the country.”

The camp will be made up of 12 male players and seven female players ranging in age from 14 to 72.

“Sledge hockey is still in its infancy in Nova Scotia,” said Pulsifer. “We believe this camp is just the beginning in raising the sport’s profile here and providing our athletes with an avenue to one day represent not only our province, but our country on the ice.”

Aside from experienced coaches from Hockey Nova Scotia’s High Performance Program, the camp will also feature a special guest coach: Tyler McGregor of Canada’s national men’s sledge hockey team.

McGregor was an aspiring minor hockey player playing minor midget AAA hockey in Ontario when he suffered a broken leg during a game in 2009. Doctors soon discovered cancer in the 15-year-old’s broken left leg and they were forced to amputate it. Before his diagnosis, McGregor had dreamed of representing Canada on the ice in international competition. Through sledge hockey, McGregor has realized that dream.

McGregor, now 20, captured a gold medal for Canada at the 2013 IPC World Championship and this past March in Sochi, he won Paralympic bronze.

“It is truly an honour to have a young man like Tyler taking part in our inaugural provincial sledge hockey camp,” said Pulsifer. “He is a fantastic role model for all of our players and a shining example of what dedication and perseverance can accomplish in the sport.”

The camp begins on Friday afternoon and continues until Saturday afternoon.

Below is a detailed schedule:

Friday, August 8

1:30-2:30 PM – Arrival and check-in

3:00-4:20 PM – On-Ice Session 1

4:20-5:00 PM – Cool down and change

5:00-6:00 PM – Supper

6:00-8:00 PM - Off-Ice Session 1

Saturday, August 9

8:00- 9:20 AM – On-Ice Session 2

9:20-10:00 AM – Cool down

10:00-11:45 AM – Off-Ice Session 2

11:45-12:30 PM – Lunch

12:30-1:30 PM – Prep for On-Ice

1:30-2:50 PM - On-Ice Session 3

3:00-3:30 PM – Cool down

3:30-3:45 PM – Wrap-up


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