Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Kevin Rempel Announces Retirement from Sledge Hockey

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Kevin Rempel Announces Retirement from Sledge Hockey

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Kevin Rempel retires from sledge hockey

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CALGARY - Veteran Canadian sledge hockey player Kevin Rempel is retiring after nearly a decade in the sport.

The Vineland, Ont., native leaves the game with a Paralympic bronze medal and a world championship gold in his collection.

In 79 games, he recorded 30 goals and 34 assists.

The 34-year-old recently released his autobiography "Still Standing," which chronicled his debilitating injury, family tragedy and realizing his dream of playing for his country at the Sochi Paralympics.

In 2006, Rempel crashed his motocross bike while attempting to jump between two ramps. He suffered a broken back, fractured pelvis and fractured ribs. Doctors told him he would never walk again.

Following months of recovery and rehabilitation, Rempel started to slowly walk and one year after his accident, he was back on a dirt bike. …

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