A Paralympic hockey player from northwestern British Columbia takes the ice in Beijing tonight – Chilliwack Progress
Adam Kingsmill, a Paralympian from northwest British Columbia, will represent Canada in the first men’s hockey game of the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing tonight (March 4).
An announcement indicating whether Kingsmill or teammate Dominic Larocque of Quebec City, Que. will start in goal has yet to be made, but the 22-year-old who just turned 22 is having the best time of his life.
“I have no words…just proud to be Canadian,” Kingsmill said in a Facebook post from the opening ceremonies in Beijing early this morning (Pacific Time).
Kingsmill, of Smithers, lost his right leg in a lawnmower accident when he was two years old. When he was just four years old, he appeared with the BC Lions in a CFL/War Amps “Play Safe” TV commercial. He is still an Ambassador for The War Amps and was honored for this work by the City of Smithers in 2021.
The opener is a rematch with the United States from the 2018 Paralympic Games gold medal final and last year’s World Para Ice Hockey Championships championship game in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. Canada lost both games.
In an interview with Black Press Media after Kingsmill was named to the Canadian Paralympic Team in September 2021, he addressed the world championship loss, saying the Canadians wanted revenge.
“It was a really tough final, but we saw how well we could play together, and we look at the bigger picture,” he said. “In Beijing, we bring gold home.”