SOCHI – Summerside resident Billy Bridges led the Canadian sledge hockey team to a bronze medal during a 3-0 defeat of Norway at the 2014 Paralympic Games here Saturday.
Bridges scored twice and Brad Bowden had a goal and two assists as Canada defeated Norway to capture the bronze.
Corbin Watson stopped 10 shots to get the shutout for Canada, which finished fourth in Vancouver four years ago.
In a media interview after the game, Bridges thanked his home province of P.E.I. for support through the games.
“It’s so awesome feeling the love from P.E.I., because that’s what I am, I’m such a proud Islander and I love it,” he said.
Bridges also credited his teammates for their roles in the win.
“I’m so honoured and so lucky to be on a line with my best friend and the best sledge hockey player in the world, Brad Bowden, and probably the smartest sledge hockey player in the world in Greg Westlake. When you put those two combined, when they’re playing their game and their role, you know I’m so lucky to be that guy that’s just in the right spot at the right time,” he said. “It’s been eight years since I’ve had an Olympic medal around my neck. I remember what it feels like and I’m just happy that these young guys on our team that are so extraordinarily gifted can get the feeling of the closing ceremonies with a medal around their necks, knowing what it feels like, you know, having something to show their families when they get home."
Canada lost Thursday’s semifinal to the United States, which was set to take on Russia in the final later Saturday.