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MCGREGOR Tyler
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthLondon, CAN
Height1.75 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Mississauga, ON, CAN
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Management - University of Guelph: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He grew up playing ice hockey, and got involved in Para ice hockey in 2011 at the London Blizzard club in Ontario, Canada.
Why this sport?
"After I lost my leg, I knew I wanted to get back to playing hockey. I started out with the standing amputee team, but I couldn't keep up. Some people guided me on the road to sledge hockey. The first time was extremely difficult. It was extremely frustrating, but I knew that it was going to be hard so I kept up with it and from there just fell in love with it."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Canada
Opponent
Japan
Location
Calgary, AB, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Magic (Paralympic Games, 20 Apr 2017)
Hobbies
Supporting NHL ice hockey teams the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. (classroomchampions.org, 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2017 World Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. (globalnews.ca, 26 Apr 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Doug Gilmour. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Injuries
He broke his collarbone in 2008. (canadianamputeehockey.ca, 01 Feb 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You don't always get to choose the cards you're dealt, but you do get to choose how you play them." (classroomchampions.org, 2016)
Other sports
He played able-bodied ice hockey at AAA level as a junior. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (theobserver.ca, 08 Dec 2017)
Impairment
At age 16 he broke his leg and his ankle playing ice hockey, which required surgery to insert a rod and six pins. After the injury healed he started playing again, but a lump formed at the point of the original fracture. Initially doctors were not concerned, but he was later diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a form of soft tissue cancer. He underwent eight months of chemotherapy and his left leg was amputated. (ctvnews.ca, 30 Oct 2015; canadianamputeehockey.ca, 01 Feb 2011)
Other information
LEADER
He has served as alternate captain of the Canada national Para ice hockey team. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2016 he became an athlete mentor for Classroom Champions, a non-profit organisation that uses Olympic and Paralympic athletes as role models to help children set goals and improve digital literacy. (LinkedIn profile, 2018; classroomchampions.org, 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Team  
2 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 Team  
2 2015 Team  
1 2017 Team