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GYLLSTEN Maximilian
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthAlingsås, SWE
Height1.87 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Maria
Residence
Alingsås, SWE
Occupation
Student
Languages
Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2015.
Why this sport?
The sport was a natural fit for him as he had played able-bodied ice hockey for 16 years before his accident. "Hockey has been an important part of my life. As a little kid, I always played on the ice rink with my dad and I still love being there. I was hard and fearless when I played prior the accident. I was pretty good, but maybe a little too lazy to go all the way."
Club / Team
FIFH Malmo: Sweden
Name of coach
Erik Vikstrom [national], SWE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Sweden
General Interest
Nicknames
Max (shif.se, 05 Feb 2015)
Hobbies
Playing golf. (Team Sweden Sledge Hockey Facebook page, 27 Feb 2015)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swedish ice hockey player Peter Forsberg. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He fractured his left ankle at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He had a protective covering made by Ottobock technicians working at the Games, and was able to continue competing at the tournament. (aktivortopedteknik.se, 27 Aug 2018; nypost.com, 15 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have no big dreams. I'm a person who lives for the day and continues to develop." (aktivortopedteknik.se, 27 Aug 2018)
Other sports
At age 19 he played able-bodied ice hockey for Alingsas in the Swedish second division. (aktivortopedteknik.se, 27 Aug 2018)
Famous relatives
His brother Oscar has played ice hockey at junior club level in Sweden. (alingsastidning.se, 28 Feb 2014)
Impairment
In January 2013 he was involved in a car accident. His injuries resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee. "I remember nothing about the accident. But doctors told me that my heart stopped beating several times. The first weeks at the hospital were critical. Three days after the accident, the doctors were forced to make the decision to amputate my right leg. The left leg was completely torn apart but could miraculously be saved." (aktivortopedteknik.se, 27 Aug 2018; Athlete, 06 Mar 2018; alingsastidning.se, 28 Feb 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as board member for the Alingsas ice hockey club in Sweden. (caddie.se, 12 Dec 2018; alingsashockey.se, 27 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2019 Team