Paralympic gold medal-winning sled hockey player Ralph DeQuebec of San Pedro will be honored by Supervisor Janice Hahn at Tuesday’s Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting.
DeQuebec, a 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.
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 World Sled Hockey Challenge in 2017 and Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament in 2018.
DeQuebec, who turned 35 March 25, played for the U.S. development sled hockey team from 2014-2017. He also plays for the Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey Team.
DeQuebec was a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps when he was injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2012, prompting a bilateral above-knee amputation. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
DeQuebec was raised in San Pedro, graduating from San Pedro High School. His mother Tina is Hahn’s longtime scheduler.
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.