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15-Year-Old Plays Goal With Prosthetic Limb

15-Year-Old Plays Goal With Prosthetic Limb
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15-year-old Adam Kingsmill plays goal despite having lost his right leg in a lawnmower accident when he was only two.

CKPG in Prince George recently ran a report on 15-year-old Adam Kingsmill, a Smithers, BC native and goaltender that was attending a Cariboo Cougars evaluation camp. On the outside he simply looks like another young, promising goaltender trying to make his way – but Kingsmill’s story is far from typical.

When he was only two years old, he lost his right leg in a lawnmower accident. After struggling initially with a prosthetic leg, he began to walk. Then he began to skate. Finally, his love for goaltending took over, and now his parents can’t keep him off the ice.

In a recent interview with Hockey Canada, Kingsmill spoke about how much he loves being a goaltender, and the unique challenges that he faces due to his prosthetic leg.

“I just fell in love with it,” says Kingsmill. “You’re on your own and I think I like that aspect of being a goalie, that you’re the last line of defence. I don’t know what it is about it, if it’s the big saves – I just love it.”

“I feel really normal on the ice, but there’s a few times where it would be nice to be able to bend my ankle,” he says. “There’s a few times on the post I’m shaky, but I’m working on that. I’m getting better every ice time.”

Here’s the full CKPG TV report:

Young Adam Kingsmill’s story serves as a true inspiration to all goaltenders, young and old. If you love and have a passion for the sport you play, nothing should stand in the way.

Kingsmill will be trying out for the Smithers Storm’s Midget rep team later this month, and is putting all of his effort into making the Cariboo Cougars next year.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.

10 Comments

  1. Aaron

    DUDE! Inspirational. Do your thing young man!

  2. jo

    A friend’s 19 y/o son lost a leg in a horrific road accident in April. He has already tried sled hockey and loved it. I am sharing this inspiring young man’s story with him.

  3. Keith

    The Video shows more than any words could describe. Way to go Kid.

  4. David

    Young man you are a inspiration to everyone and I wish you all the luck .

  5. Sue

    you are awesome. Keep it up and have fun

  6. Aaron

    a benefit, no pain in the prosthetic leg blocking shots, he’s part robot folks, a cybortender! I hope he has a bright future!

  7. Martin Sordo

    Dear Adam, My hat is off and I can tell you that you are an AMAZING HUMAN BEING. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT SHOULD HAD GOTTEN LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR THE ESPY FOR COURAGE AND INSPIRATION. I’M a goalie too and.what you said about why do you like being a goalie it just felt that I was talking to my self.
    . I had serious health problems and I almost die, well actually I died and was dead for 2 minutes. I hope I can talk to you. I want to wish you all the best and God bless you. How’s your favorite goalie? Have a hockey day!!! Martin Sordo Rivas

  8. Joe Feeney

    Great inspiration and great view of life. Love how the dream is the NHL but there is a goal of coaching and teaching others along in the game. All the best in your future! It looks bright.

  9. RICHARD feng

    dam that kid is so inspirational and I hope he goes in the NHL and becomes the first goalie to play with a prosthetic leg I ahve high hopes for that kid

  10. Jeff adams

    Wow. This is like reading about my life some years ago. As a fellow below knee amputee that also lost a left leg in a lawnmower accident I can relate even better than most. Now at the age of 40 I’m trying to get back on the ice after taking a 20+ year break. My son is 4 and teaching him to skate has fallen happily into my lap.
    Finding a a suitable skate has been my largest issue. It’s almost unheard of to find a higher end functional skate. Thus I’ve been forced to attempt building my own. Protype 1 is complete and I’m finally on the ice again. Prototype 2 will come out later this year hopefully giving me more mobility and technology that most professional hockey skates are known for.
    Keep up the amazing work. My heart truly goes out to you. In your world it’s just another normal day. Don’t take that for granted. It’s really amazing. I don’t even know you yet I couldn’t be prouder. Keep up the great work.