Paul Rosen in 2015
April 26, 1960 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)|
Paul Rosen (born April 26, 1960) is a Canadian sledge hockey goalie and motivational speaker from Thornhill, Ontario. Rosen suffered a leg injury during a hockey game as a youth, and the resulting damage, infections and pain to his leg plagued him for years until his lower leg was amputated at age 39. During rehabilitation, Paul turned his sights towards sledge hockey, made the Canadian National Sledge hockey team, and participated in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Paralympics. Rosen was the oldest rookie in the history of the Paralympic Winter Games when he made his debut at 41. At the 2006 Games in Torino, Rosen and the Canadian team won the sledge hockey gold medal.
In January 2007, Rosen made headlines across Canada when his Paralympic gold medal was stolen during an autographing session with fans in Toronto. After commentator Don Cherry told the thief to drop the gold medal in a mailbox during his Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, the medal turned up at a postal sorting station in Toronto and was returned to Rosen. He announced his retirement from the Canadian ice sledge hockey team on September 7, 2010 (along with captain Jean Labonte, Todd Nicholson and Herve Lord).
Of note, Rosen also competed in sitting volleyball, another disabled sport. He became a member of Canada's sitting volleyball team at the 2007 Parapanamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rosen was part of the first ever official international match for Canada's sitting volleyball team when they played the United States on Wednesday, August 15, 2007.
After retiring from competitive sports, Paul became an official ambassador and spokesperson for National Benefit Authority. When Rosen turned 50, he admitted to the world that he had struggled with literacy his whole life and was going back to school. He is now the ambassador for ABC Life Literacy and helps other people conquer the shame and stigma of illiteracy.
The goaltender spent nine seasons with the Canadian national ice sledge hockey team. By the end of his career, he would accumulate a won loss record of 55-15-1. In addition, he registered a 1.04 goals-against average and 25 shutouts in 72 career games.
|2007||World sledge hockey challenge||4||153||4||1||1.57||4||0||0|
|2008||World sledge hockey championships||2||90||0||2||0.00||2||0||0|
|2009||World sledge hockey championships||3||141||3||2||1.28||2||1||0|
- Results for paul rosen from the International Paralympic Committee
- Paul Rosen’s medal returned
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- Network, Postmedia. "Disabled Canadians find ally in National Benefit Authority". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
- "Facts and Research | ABC Life Literacy Canada". abclifeliteracy.ca. Retrieved 2015-12-24.