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JOPPA Martin
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age23
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dubinné, SVK
Occupation
Student
Languages
Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para ice hockey in 2005 in Kezmarok, Slovakia.
Why this sport?
He was an ice hockey goaltender before his accident. "After the accident I was looking for sporting possibilities, and I found sledge hockey. As soon as possible I went to look at Czech Republic where for many years there had been a league underway."
Club / Team
SHK LAPP Zlin: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Tomas Sedlacek [club], CZE; Radoslav Bielecka [national]; Miroslav Drab [national], SVK
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Slovakia
Opponent
Republic of Korea
Location
Vienna, AUT
General Interest
Nicknames
Malicky [Little One] (sledgehokejzlin.cz, 17 Jun 2017)
Hero / Idol
Slovakian ice hockey player Jan Lasak. (sledgehokejzlin.cz, 17 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Although I have no legs, I have hockey." (sledgehokejzlin.cz, 17 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named in the 2015/16 CSHL All-Star team in Czech Republic. He was also the league's leading scorer. (hokej.cz, 22 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Facebook profile, 10 Mar 2017)
Impairment
In 2005 he was on a bike ride with his family when he was hit by a drunk driver in Kezmarok, Slovakia. He broke both arms, his ribs, punctured a lung and required a double above-knee amputation. (cas.sk, 28 Nov 2012; pluska.sk, 24 Nov 2010; zivot.azet.sk, 01 Sep 2006)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2011 he scored Slovakia's first goal in international Para ice hockey, during a 4-1 defeat against Austria. (nadacia.joj.sk, 24 Sep 2011)

POST-ACCIDENT
While recovering from his accident he was visited by Slovakian ice hockey players from the National Hockey League [NHL] in North America. They donated jerseys, money and a car to him and his family, while the local council helped make the family home wheelchair accessible. Despite the support they received his father turned to alcohol and his parents' relationship broke down. He moved away with his mother and younger sister. In 2009 his father died. "When a tragedy happens, a family's suffering either brings everyone together or completely breaks them apart. Unfortunately we experienced the latter case." (cas.sk, 28 Nov 2012; pluska.sk, 24 Nov 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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