There are no lack of reasons why Tommy’s gunned.
Sherwood Park’s Tommy Nixon has been in a rather wild whirlwind the last few years, crossing items off a bucket list he never really even got a chance to put to paper.
The 20-year-old started off by living out a childhood dream by becoming the starting goalie for his hometown Sherwood Park Crusaders the past two seasons, doing so well that he was named to play for Team Canada West at the prestigious World Junior A Challenge both years.
Although limited to just 19 regular season games for the Cru last year due to injuries, Nixon’s 12-3-3 record was strong enough for colleges to come calling, eventually landing an NCAA Division 1 scholarship with the Holy Cross Crusaders out of Worcester, Mass.
However, it is how he spends his summer vacations that truly has Nixon on top of the world at the moment.
Nixon has served as the backup goalie for Team Canada at the last three IIHF-sanctioned Inline Hockey World Championships, helping them to a bronze in 2013 and a silver with a loss to Finland in the final in 2014.
This year’s event was in Campere, Finland and the host team made it to the final once again for a rematch of the gold medal game against the Canadian side.
However, fortune favoured the visitors this time around, as Canada emerged with a 4-2 victory to capture its first gold medal at the World Championships since 2012 — and only its third gold in the 19-year history of the event.
Nixon said hearing the final buzzer sound to give Canada the gold may just have been the best moment of his life.
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