WATSON, Corbin

Corbin Watson was scouted in 2008 while competing in a wheelchair relay. Today, he's a world sledge hockey champion heading for his first Paralympic Games.

Goaltender Corbin Watson was outstanding at the 2013 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championships. He played in four of Canada’s five games, registering a shutout each time as Canada won the gold medal for its first world crown since 2008. He was almost as impressive a few weeks later, at the Four Nations tournament in Sochi in another Canadian triumph with only three goals allowed over four games.

Watson’s lower right leg was amputated after he was involved in a car accident in 2006. He started playing sledge hockey in 2008 in Windsor, Ont., near his hometown of Kingsville.

Watson was encouraged to take up the sport by one of the sport’s hardest hitting veterans and Windsor Ice Bullet teammate Ray Grassi. Grassi saw potential in the up-and-coming athlete when he saw Watson one day in a wheelchair relay.

In his first year, Watson won the league championship as well as taking gold at Montreal’s Defi Sportif tournament in the spring of 2009. It was in 2009 that he made his first appearance with the national team.