Veteran defenceman Graeme Murray named to Canada’s Sochi sledge hockey team
CALGARY – Gravenhurst sledge hockey star Graeme Murray is off to Sochi for his fourth Paralympic Games.
The veteran defenceman (#29) of Team Canada was named to the team here Saturday morning.
There’s a bit of a fundraiser going on around Gravenhurst, with donation jars at rotating businesses.
If you want to congratulate him, his Twitter account is @G_Murray_29
See his bio below.
Hockey Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) announced the 17 players nominated to play for Canada’s National Sledge Team at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7 to 16 in Sochi, Russia.
Complete athlete and coach biographies are available here: [HERE].
Head coach Mike Mondin (Trail, B.C.) and assistant coach Curtis Hunt (Regina, Sask.) assembled Canada’s National Sledge Team roster after competing in several camps and events during the 2013-14 season, including winning the gold medal at the Four Nations Tournament in Sochi in August, and 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto, in December.
“Getting down to 17 players was by no means an easy decision, which is a testament to the sledge hockey talent this country is producing,” Mondin said in a news release Saturday. “We feel we’ve assembled the best roster possible, and we’re excited to compete for Canada at the Paralympics in Sochi.”
“Hockey Canada is very proud of the players and staff nominated for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games,” said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “The Paralympics is biggest stage for sledge hockey in the world and I know our athletes will play their best and make Canadians proud.”
Of the 17 players nominated Saturday, Murray was one of 16 players who helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2013 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea, and among eight who represented Canada at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 7 to 16, 2014. With a goal of placing in the top three nations in the gold medal count, Canada will send approximately 50 athletes to compete in sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, para-Nordic skiing, biathlon, para-alpine skiing and para-snowboard.
Upcoming Canadian Paralympic Team nomination announcement events include para-alpine skiing on Jan. 21 in Calgary and para-snowboard on Jan. 26 in Big White, B.C. The wheelchair curling team nominations were announced Dec. 6.
With 100 days to go to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) unveiled an unprecedented, fully accessible broadcast and electronic media plans for the most comprehensive coverage ever offered in Canada for a Paralympic Games – more than 65 hours of broadcast, up to 350 hours of digital streaming, and rights free news access highlights connecting Canadians via multi platforms. CPC will lead the Paralympic Broadcast Consortium partners in creating coverage on five broadcast/digital platforms: CBC/Radio-Canada, Sportsnet, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), Yahoo Sports Canada and SendtoNews.
DATE OF BIRTH: DECEMBER 14, 1984
AGE AT SOCHI 2014: 29
BIRTHPLACE BRACEBRIDGE, ONTARIO
HOMETOWN GRAVENHURST, ONTARIO
RESIDENCE BARRIE, ONTARIO
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.65 M/ 81 KG
DISABILITY TYPE PARAPLEGIC
PARALYMPIC HISTORY 2002, 2006, 2010
Graeme is one of the key veterans on the Canadian sledge hockey team heading into the 2014 Paralympic
Winter Games in Sochi. He has already represented Canada at three Paralympics and five IPC World Championships. He
scored the winning goal is Canada’s 1-0 victory over the U.S. in the gold medal final at the 2013 IPC World
Championships. At the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, he was the youngest player on the Canadian team and
ranks the Paralympic gold medal won four years later in Turin as the highlight of his career.
Murray became a paraplegic after he contracted a virus at age three that attacked the nerves in his lower spine.
Following his illness he was told he might never play sports at all. But he persevered and at age 11 he discovered sledge
hockey. It was love at first sight, and four years later at age 15 he became a member of the Canadian men’s team.
Off the ice, Murray is a motivational speaker and talks regularly to students throughout Canada about his experiences on
and off the ice.
World champion in 2008 and 2013…Paralympic Games champion in 2006.
FAMILY: He is a second cousin to Steve Shutt, a five-time Stanley Cup champion and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. He is the son of Angus and Bernene and has three sisters.
GETTING INTO THE SPORT: He began playing in 1995 at age 11 for the Elmvale Bears.
ODDS AND ENDS: Favorite NHL player is Steve Downie and his favorite team the Toronto Maple Leafs… Enjoys skiing, wakeboarding… Has a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University through GeorgianCollege.
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