Defenceman Adam Dixon is preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games as a reigning world champion.
At the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea in April 2017, Dixon was awarded Best Defenceman as he tied with the USA’s Declan Farmer to lead the competition with 18 points. With four goals and 14 assists in the tournament, Dixon was instrumental in contributing to Canada defeating arch-rivals USA and winning a record fourth world title.
Dixon was Canada’s top scorer at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games with four goals and three assists for seven points. The Canadians posted a 4-1 record in the tournament en route to the bronze medal. Their only loss was to the U.S. in the semi-final.
Dixon grew up playing ice hockey and like many kids, his dream was to compete in the NHL. He played every season at the AAA level as a youngster, but at age 10 he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. The rare cancer led to the removal of his right tibia, which was replaced with a donor bone, a metal plate and multiple screws.
Determined to pursue his hockey career, Dixon found sledge hockey appealing following his treatment for bone cancer. He took up the sport at age 11 with the Elmvale Bears and by 17 he was invited to try out for the national team. He officially joined the squad for the 2006-07 season.
Other career highlights include being named the defensive MVP at the 2008 IPC World Championships and scoring the winning shoot-out goal for Canada at the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup, held in Vancouver. The goal sealed the home team’s victory over the United States in Canada’s first nationally televised ice sledge hockey match. A year later, Dixon was on Team Canada in Vancouver at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
He has worked in the metering department for Alectra Utilities, an electricity distribution company in Ontario since 2012. He studied electrical engineering at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont. In 2004 Dixon appeared in a five-part documentary on children surviving cancer, called Cancer Kids Fighting and Winning.