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UBC Thunderbird Arena Renamed in Honour of Doug Mitchell

Opened in September 2008, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre contains the refurbished Father Bauer Arena, a new practice ice rink and 7,500-seat arena that will host ice hockey and ice sledge hockey during the 2010 Winter Games. >>>

Inspired Winter Paralympian Jean Labonté

As he battled cancer in 1986 at age 17, Jean Labonté decided illness wouldn’t defeat him. That accomplished, he’s been a member of Canada’s national sledge hockey team since 1996, and team captain for the 2007 to 2008 season.  >>>

Postcard from Torino: Ice sledge hockey at Torino Esposizioni

Ice sledge hockey has gained a reputation as a fast-paced, exciting sport, and it is certainly a fan favourite at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games. Having made its debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Games, sledge hockey is still a growing sport and eight countries have sent sledge hockey teams to Torino. >>>

Postcard from Torino: Paralympic team honours friends and family

The only log cabin in Torino was the place to be Monday night as the Canadian Paralympic Committee hosted a reception for athletes and their family and friends at British Columbia Canada Place. >>>

VANOC completes operational testing at ice sledge hockey sport event. Spectators captivated by dynamic sport that’s rapidly growing in popularity

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) successfully completed its operational testing today of the ice sledge hockey sport event at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Thunderbird Arena. A new element on the field-of-play to ease players’ movement on and off the ice was successfully tested and feedback on the facilities and sport was unanimously positive. >>>

VANOC continues operational testing with ice sledge hockey sport event. Tickets available at $10 for a single game or $50 for a complete 10-game package

VANCOUVER, BC— The first international event to take place at UBC Thunderbird Arena will showcase high-performance athletes in a sport few British Columbians have witnessed — ice sledge hockey. Athletes body-check with full force, shoot pucks at 70 miles per hour and fly down the ice propelled by razor-sharp picks on the ends of their two sticks — and the sport is coming to Vancouver! >>>

A home for hockey: UBC Thunderbird Arena is complete

UBC Thunderbird Arena will stage those legendary battles for national pride that are sure to bring hockey fans to their feet during the 2010 Winter Games. The venue opened this week. >>>

Paralympic Perspectives: Jeff Snyder

Jeff Snyder of Elmira, Ontario, has been head coach of the Canadian Ice Sledge Hockey team since the 2002-03 season. Previously, he was a head coach for Ontario Junior A, B and C able-bodied hockey players before he discovered ice sledge hockey. Snyder coached the Canadian team to its gold medal win at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games >>>

World Championship Ice Sledge Hockey

With only two years left to go before the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, excitement is already starting to build as sports fans focus on the major tournaments leading up to the Games. >>>

Inspiring a new generation through the Paralympic Games

Paul Rosen knows how to turn a packed gymnasium of restless elementary school students into a captive audience. He reaches down, removes his prosthetic leg and raises it overhead. What follows has the power to inspire a new generation of Canadians. >>>

Construction complete on first Vancouver 2010 indoor competition venue: UBC Thunderbird Arena and all 15 venues to showcase Vancouver 2010 Venues’ Aboriginal Art Program

Vancouver, BC — The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC), in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, announced today that UBC Thunderbird Arena is the first indoor competition venue in the Host Region to complete construction. VANOC also formally launched the Vancouver 2010 Venues’ Aboriginal Art Program, designed to celebrate the spirit of the nation by promoting understanding of the rich cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada. >>>

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