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Todd Hickey, father of two-time Paralympian Liam Hickey, was among those on hand to hear his son speak at a news conference Thursday in Paradise announcing details for the international Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup next December in the town.
Todd Hickey, father of two-time Paralympian Liam Hickey, was among those on hand to hear his son speak at a news conference Thursday in Paradise announcing details for the international Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup next December in the town. - Joe Gibbons

Hickey looking forward to playing on home ice in international Para hockey tourney

He’s competed in a couple of Paralympic Games in hockey and basketball, but Liam Hickey will have a “dream come true” next December playing at home when Paradise plays host to the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup.

The event, re-branded from the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in 2018, will feature national Para hockey teams from Canada, the United States and perhaps four other countries.

Hickey, a St. John’s native, has emerged as an offensive leader for Team Canada, with 59 points in 37 career games wearing the Maple Leaf, including 11 in five games at the PyeongChang Paralympics last winter.

“The Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup is a one of the most important events of the season,” Hickey said in a statement, “and to have the chance to put our game on display at home is once-in-a-lifetime.”

The 2019 event marks the sixth time its been played on Atlantic ice, after previously being staged in P.E.I. and Nova Scotia.

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