Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Looks for Golden Encore as Team Preps for World Sledge Hockey Challenge

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Looks for Golden Encore as Team Preps for World Sledge Hockey Challenge

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Canada preps for sledge hockey challenge

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Greg Westlake would like Brad Bowden to score for himself occasionally.

He really would.

"I try to pass him the puck to get him some goals back but I don't think he's going to shoot it. He's just going to come back to me every time. He's probably the least selfish guy in the world," Westlake said this week as he prepares for the four-team World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary.

"I try to put myself in a position to score goals, he enjoys playmaking and neither of us, at the end of the day, really cares who gets the shot."

Westlake and Bowden pack a potent one-two punch for Canada that earned top spot at the same event last year, when they downed the powerful U.S. team 4-1.

"I think Brad is probably one of the easiest and obviously one of the best guys to play with in the world."

Every now and then Bowden does put a few in the net himself, such as the two that earned Canada gold at last year's Four Nations event in Nagano, Japan.

But he seems to prefer feeding the puck rather than putting it in. At last year's challenge, Bowden led all scorers with his six goals and nine assists, with Westlake right on his heels at eight and six.

The Canadian team that opens against Japan on Sunday is pretty much the same squad that did so well last year, a marked improvement after Canada failed to win a medal at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics.

Westlake is looking for a different result at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

"The turnover from Vancouver till now, it's almost half the team, probably more than half the team," said the native of Oakville, Ont.

"When we get to Russia, I think this group is going to be real good."

One promising new addition is forward Tyler McGregor from Forest, Ont., at 18 the youngest player on the team.

"Growing up, I always dreamed of playing for Team Canada, so to have an opportunity like this is huge for me," he said of the tournament. …

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