Labonte in 2015
March 20, 1969 |
Hull, QC, CA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Men's Ice sledge hockey|
|IPC World Men Championships|
|1996 - Nynäshamn|
|2000 - Salt Lake City|
|2008 - Marlborough|
|2009 - Ostrava|
Labonté was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his left tibia in 1986 at the age of 17 and finally lost his leg at the age of 20, in 1990. After his amputation, Labonté turned his sights towards sledge hockey and made the Canadian National Sledge hockey team for the first time in 1996. He was on the Canadian team that won the 2006 sledge hockey gold medal at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Torino. He was the captain of the Canadian Team from the 2007-08 season until his retirement after the 2009-2010 season. He studied at l'Université du Québec en Outaouais and currently works at Alcatel-Lucent as a software designer.
Labonté was named on the Canadian National Sledge hockey team for the first time in 1996, at the age of 26. His first international tournament was the 1996 IPC World Championships held in Nynäshamn, Sweden. Labonté was team Canada's captain from the 2007-2008 season until his retirement after the 2009-2010 season.
Labonté was the flag bearer for Canada at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
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