Liam Hickey is on track to become one of the rare athletes to compete at both a summer and winter Paralympic Games. Hickey played for Canada in wheelchair basketball at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He helped Canada to the silver medal in Toronto.
Now, he is on pace to compete at his first Paralympic Winter Games, set for PyeongChang, South Korea, in March 2018. Hickey, 19, was one of four fast-skating teenagers named to Canada’s National Sledge Team in December 2016.
At the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea in April 2017, Hickey, a forward, was fourth in tournament scoring with seven goals and nine assists as Canada defeated arch-rivals USA 4-1 to win a record fourth world title. He was also third in plus/minus at +21. The event was Hickey’s first world championship in the sport.
Hickey took up Para ice hockey (formerly known as sledge hockey) at age 10. He earned his first national camp invitation in August 2013. Hickey was a member of Canada’s national development team in Para ice hockey in 2014, competing in two series against the U.S. for a total of six games.
Hickey’s first tournament with Canada’s National Sledge Team was at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge held in Charlottetown, P.E.I. in December 2016. Hickey was eighth in tournament scoring, with two goals and three assists. He was named the star of the day in Canada’s 6-0 win over Norway in the semi-final.
He started playing competitive Para ice hockey with the Avalon Sled Dogs in 2009 after being introduced to the sport through Easter Seals in 2006.