Less than a month ago, the Canadian and United States’ national teams faced off in the gold medal game, at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. At the 35th Défi sportif AlterGo, expect the same thrilling rivalry when both development teams will meet!
Anton Jacobs-Webb and his teammates intend to make their fans and the country proud when they reacquaint with their biggest competition. The Gatineau native was thrilled to find out he was among the 17 players selected for the Canadian development team on Tuesday. The announcement was made by Hockey Canada officials following a team scrimmage won by Jacobs-Webb’s side.
“I made the team! I’m so happy! They made the selections yesterday. We have a really good team and I think we’ll do well against the Americans,” declared Jacobs-Webb. Selections were made at the end of a four-day identification camp that included 30 hopefuls.
Jacobs-Webb and the other Canadians will play a three-game series against their eternal rivals, the Americans, between April 25 and 29 at the Howie-Morenz Arena in Montreal, as part of the Défi sportif AlterGo.
“Last year, we lost to the U.S.A. by quite a few goals. I hope that this year’s series will be tighter and that we’ll get even with them. I think this year’s team is stronger than last year’s,” he stated.
“I watched the Paralympic Games in March and it was really sad to see the Canadians lose the final to the Americans in overtime, but we can take it back at the next Games.”
The Québécois, who participated in the national team selection camp last fall, now has his sights set on the 2022 Paralympic Games.
“My dream is definitely to compete in the Paralympics. The next ones are in 2022 and my goal is to be on the national team,” added Jacobs-Webb.