Steve Arsenault, sledge hockey

Steve Arsenault, 25, began playing sledge hockey with the PSA Dogs in Edmonton in 2004. He has been named the Paralympic Sports Association MVP in Edmonton twice. (Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Steve Arsenault, 25, has made a successful return to sledge hockey after personal tragedies derailed his career. In 2013, he helped Canada win the gold medal at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto, the Four Nations tournament in Sochi, Russia, and the IPC World Championships in Goyang, South Korea.

In 2012, Arsenault was on Canada’s silver medal-winning squad at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge while in 2011 the highlights were gold at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge and silver at the Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships.

Arsenault returned to sledge hockey 2010 after a three-year absence in which his father suffered a serious injury and his mother passed away. His disability is known as avascular necrosis of the femoral head. A rapid growth spurt at age 10 weakened the femur and pelvis and complications after surgery caused the femur to lose its spherical shape and strength.

He was born in Hamilton, Ont., but now lives in Edmonton.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee