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Canada takes sledge hockey gold

James Gemmell and his Team Canada sledge hockey teammates are undefeated after three games at the Four Nations Cup in Nagano, Japan. - Percy N. Hébert
James Gemmell and his Team Canada sledge hockey teammates are undefeated after three games at the Four Nations Cup in Nagano, Japan.
— image credit: Percy N. Hébert

James Gemmell, of Quesnel, and his Canadian National Sledge Hockey teammates are coming home with a gold medal around their necks, following a 5-1 win over Norway at the Four Nations Cup in Nagano, Japan.

The win serves as payback for the Canadian team who were defeated 1-0 by the Norwegians in the gold-medal match at last year's Four Nations Cup.

Heading into the Japanese sledge-hockey tournament, Gemmell looked to the Norwegians as the team to beat.

“Norway is going to be our biggest competition,” Gemmell admitted before heading to Japan.

Team Canada handled the Norwegians handily in Japan, winning 7-0 in their round-robin matchup and then taking the gold medal game. 

Canada earned a spot in the gold-medal match with a 6-0 win against Korea in the semi-finals.

The win against Norway extends Canada's win streak to 15 games, a streak dating back to last year's Four Nations Cup when Canada lost to Norway in the gold-medal match.

Team Canada has a busy schedule ahead of them, first travelling to Buffalo, NY in late February for a three-game series against Team USA and then they travel to Hamar, Norway for the IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships in April.

With files from Hockey Canada.

 

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