Following a five-year career with Team Canada, the 38-year-old is moving on from the game of hockey. His time with Canada’s top sledge hockey team included a silver medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. The Winnipeg product picked up three second place finishes and one bronze at the World Sledge Hockey Challenges, as well as a silver medal at the 2015 IPC World Championships.
“It has been a great honour to be a part of such an amazing organization,” Sholomicki said in a press release issued by Hockey Manitoba. “I have met so many great people who have had such a positive impact on my life, and I’m sad to see it come to an end. Playing for Team Canada has been nothing short of a dream come true.”
Sholomicki also earned his only gold medal in sledge hockey came at the 2017 IPC World Para Ice Hockey Championship in Turin, Italy, beating the United States 4-1 in the Gold Medal Game, while serving as the only Manitoban on the Canadian squad laced with high-level talent from Ontario. The forward finished his international career with 17 goals and 34 points in 59 total games for Team Canada.
“We are proud to have been able to call Bryan a friend and a teammate for the past five years,” added Canadian National Para Hockey Team Head Coach Ken Babey, in the press release. “His work ethic and passion for the game were infectious up and down our roster, and he always took tremendous pride in wearing the Maple Leaf. His presence will be missed on the ice and in the dressing room, and we wish him well in retirement.”
An August 2009 motorcycle accident resulted in the amputation of Sholomicki’s left leg, along with third-degree burns on nearly two-thirds of his body. The always athletic Sholomicki got involved with sledge hockey shortly after the accident, taking up the sport in 2012, and progressing to the national stage two seasons later.