Marc Dorion

Photo: Marc Dorion

 

Marc Dorion provided valuable experience up front to help Canada to the bronze medal in sledge hockey at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.  It was a third Games for Dorion.  At the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, Dorion was Canada’s second leading scorer and the team’s youngest member at age 19 in a golden performance. While he was disappointed in Canada’s fourth place finish at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games four years later, he believes sledge hockey has come a long way in terms of public awareness since he first joined the national side at age 16.

Dorion feels fortunate to have benefitted from playing with Canadian sledge hockey legends Hervé Lord, Jean Labonté and Todd Nicholson in his early years with the national team. Those veterans showed the way by example both on and off the ice. Dorion provided a similar mentoring role among younger players for Sochi 2014. 

When he was 16, Dorion earned his spot on Team Canada due to his determination and strong work ethic. He is described as a fearless player on the ice and plays physically, driven by the goal of winning gold at every tournament.

In the summer, the two-time world champion trains with 2008 Paralympic adaptive rower Peter Morel, who runs TopShape Fitness Studio in Ottawa.

Originally from Bourget, Ontario, Dorion studied criminology at the University of Ottawa. Dorion gets his inspiration from his parents and role models: his mother Connie and his father Roch, a volunteer firefighter in Bourget, Ont., who is also a hockey player and has served as the team’s equipment manager 2006.

Dorion was born with spina bifida which resulted in paralysis in his legs.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Paralympic bronze medallist in 2014… Vancouver 2010 Paralympian… Paralympic gold medalist in 2006 …World Champion 2008 and 2013

PERSONAL

FAMILY: His father Roch is the equipment manager for the Canadian sledge hockey team… Father played Junior B hockey, grandfather played Junior A… Credits Roch and his mother Connie, for encouraging him to follow his dreams.

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: He began playing at age four at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Canada, where doctors encouraged patients to play

ODDS AND ENDS: He is a fan of the Ottawa Senators and Roberto Luongo.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2006 Torino ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedgold
2014 Sochi ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 3
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 4
2006 Torino Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 1