Paralympic gold medal-winning sled hockey player Ralph DeQuebec of San Pedro was honored Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound defenseman had three assists in three games as the U.S. won the gold medal in the Pyeongchang Paralympics last month.

Supervisor Janice Hahn said she watched the final game against Canada, late at night and on the edge of her seat, and was particularly invested because DeQuebec’s mother Tina has been an executive assistant on her staff since 2001.

DeQuebec, who joined the Marine Corps a year after his 2001 graduation from San Pedro High School, lost both of his legs when a roadside bomb detonated while he was deployed to Afghanistan as a gunnery sergeant.

Hahn teared up while recalling a visit to DeQuebec at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2012, where he was recovering from the double amputation.

“I was absolutely devastated by realizing the sacrifice that you had made for this country,” Hahn told the 35-year-old Purple Heart recipient.

“I know you don’t really like all this attention. We wanted to thank you for representing our country in such an amazing way, both on the military battlefield and now on the Paralympic team for the USA … you truly are a hero,” she said.

“I’m not a man of many words,” DeQuebec said, before credited his success to the support of his family and “working really hard.”

His father — who wore a jersey with his son’s number 3 on it — stood nearby with DeQuebec’s mother and one of his sisters.

“Not only did I represent my country but I represented my city,” DeQuebec said to cheers. He was born in Harbor City and grew up in San Pedro.

DeQuebec played 15 games with the national team during the 2017-18 season, with one goal and five assists. He was a member of the teams that won the World Sled Hockey Challenge in 2017 and Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament in 2018.

DeQuebec played for the U.S. development sled hockey team from 2014-2017. He also plays for the Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey Team.

The Paralympic team beat Japan, the Czech Republic, Korea and Italy before besting Canada 2-1 with an overtime goal to take the gold.

Sled hockey was invented at a Stockholm rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical disability, wanted to continue playing hockey.

Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules, except for the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves.

Goaltenders wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove. Metal picks are sewn into the backside to allow the goalie to maneuver.

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