By Lauren McNabb
It came home with a silver, but that’s as good as gold in the eyes of Canada’s National Men’s Sledge Hockey Team.
Although the 2-0 loss to Norway wasn’t what it had hoped for, the team came back from the 1998 Paralympic Games in Nagano, Japan, with more than a silver medal. It came back with recognition.
“It’s never easy to win a silver medal,” says Tom Goodings, coach of the 15-member team. “But we’ve proved something to the rest of the world and to Canada. Next time we’re coming back even stronger.”
The team moved up from its third-place finish at the 1994 Lillehammer games. Now with a silver medal under their belts, Goodings hopes sledge hockey will begin to shine. Despite the 40 to 50 clubs across the country, he says Canadians know very little about the sport.